To initially become certified as a Llano Estacado Texas Master Naturalist, you need to complete the following in one calendar year:
- 40 hours of Initial Training including field studies
- 40 hours minimum of Volunteer Service on approved projects in the first year of initial training
- 8 hours minimum of approved Advanced Training in the first year of initial training
Annual requirements to remain an active member of LETMN include:
- Pay annual LETMN dues to keep on active list and receive regular emails
- To recertify:
- 40 hours minimum of Volunteer Service on approved projects
- 8 hours minimum of approved Advanced Training
New Training Class 2022!
We will be holding initial training classes in the Spring from January to June of 2022. Speakers, activities and field trips will be held each month so that new trainees should be able to get all their initial training in 6 months. Volunteer Service and Advanced Training will then need to be completed by the end of the 2022 year.
Cost is $100 and includes a textbook, annual LETMN dues and supplies.
If you are interested in becoming a member of LETMN, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun and learn about our region at the same time!
Schedule for 2022
We are in the process of getting speakers and scheduling fields trips for the Spring, so the following is a tentative schedule and will be updated regularly. We hold our monthly meetings usually the 3rd Thursday of the month, often at Sibley Nature Center (1307 E. Wadley, Midland, TX 79705), from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Some monthly meetings will be on Fridays when a field session follows on Saturday for the first 6 months of the year. Other possible training sessions and field trips will be added throughout the Spring.
|January 20th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. : First meeting of 2022. Come visit us and learn about LETMN! Sibley Nature Center Auditorium. There will be lots of giveaways including seeds, maps, guides and more.|
|January 29th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. : Orientation for new members. First training session. Overview of the program. First training topics will include Ecoregions of Texas with Rebecca Dodge, and Using Earthkind Practices in Urban Ecosystems with Susie Yarbrough, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist.|
|February 17th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. : Special presentation on Midland Man with Archeologist Barth Robbins. Sibley Nature Center Auditorium.|
|February 19th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Archeology full day session with Chris Lintz. Presentations on|
cultural resources, introduction to field methods, an overview of the archeology of the high plains, legal aspects of cultural resources and actual artifact examples, with a possible demonstratration on the fundamentals of flint knapping stone tools.
|March 17th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Special evening with Richard Heilbrun, TPWD, on Law and Ethics of environmental topics. Sibley Nature Center Auditorium.|
|March 19th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Entomology; Bees, Butterflies, Dragonflies and other insects with Michael Nickell, Sibley Nature Center Museum Scientist and LETMN Beeples. Sibley Nature Center.|
|April 8th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. : A special evening with Craig Hensley from TPWD on iNatualist and City Nature Challenge. Sibley Nature Center Auditorium.|
|April 9th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Community Science and iNaturalist with Craig Hensley, TPWD. Discussion of BioBlitzes and data on Species of Greatest Concern, Texas Nature Trackers and more! Sibley Nature Center Auditorium and in the field.|
|April 21st, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Special evening with Cliff Cuffey, geologist, on Geology Topics. Sibley Nature Center Auditorium. An April 23rd field session/field trip will tentatively follow.|
|May 20th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Special evening with Michael Price from Wild About Texas https://www.facebook.com/wildabouttexas and herpetology expert will be talking herps!|
|May 21st, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Field Session on herps with Michael Price, locations TBD.|
|June 16th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Monthly Meeting. Chihuahuan Herps with Tomas Hernandez from Midland College..|
|June 18th, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m..: Forestry with Susie Yarbrough and Pat Hunter, Master Gardeners ; Native Plants or other topics. Location TBD.|
Topics to be Covered
Geology and Soils -Herpetology -The Ecological Regions of Texas
Eco-Concepts -Mammalogy -Entomology
Archeology -Ornithology -Climate and Weather
Ecosystem Management -Plants -and much more!
Curriculum Guides and Resources for the Training Sessions
Unit 7 Geology Resources
For Unit 2 Archeology Curriculum Guide and other information go to: https://txmn.org/llano/texas-archeology/
For Unit 13 Entomology Curriculum Guide and more go to: https://txmn.org/llano/bees/
*Sibley Nature Center is located at 1307 E. Wadley, Midland, TX 79705.