TXMN Volunteer Program Guidelines

What kinds of activities constitute Lost Pines Master Naturalist volunteer service opportunities?  The following chart, which contains examples and ratings of actual volunteer service project requests, is a good guide for determining whether your activity qualifies.

Unacceptable Acceptable Preferable
Being “on call” as a wildlife rescuer for a non-partner organization Actually performing a wildlife rescue event for a partnering organization of the local chapter
Planting exotic plants at a local school Planting native plants or a wildscape at a local school Leading 5th graders and staff in implementing a native plant garden/wildscape at a local school
Monarch monitoring in Colorado Monarch monitoring in Texas Monarch monitoring within your local chapter’s area
Cleaning the elephant cage at a zoo Caring for the prairie chicken area at a local zoo that is in partnership with the local chapter Leading interpretive programs about prairie chickens at a local zoo that is in partnership with the local chapter
Maintenance at a private native plant nursery Maintenance of a demonstration garden at a park/nature center or being part of a native plant propagation team for the city’s botanical garden Holding a workshop on how to install and maintain a wildscape or other similar type of native habitat
Conducting wildlife management activities on your own or a neighbor’s land Conducting wildlife management practices/activities on public land Teaching/assisting landowners to develop their own wildlife management plans that the landowner would carry out
A teacher receiving service credit for natural resource education activities he/she conducts it their classroom A teacher receiving service credit for natural resource education activities that he/she conducts as an unpaid after school environmental club leader A teacher/volunteer who organizes and conducts a natural resource education workshop for other Master Naturalists or the general public
Stream clean-up by a volunteer who works for a local watershed protection program Stream clean-up by volunteers who do not work for a local watershed protection program Master Naturalist volunteers conducting stream or watershed restoration practices. Or Master Naturalist volunteers coordinating a stream clean-up for the local community to participate in.
Receiving special credit for time spend serving as a board or committee member for another natural resource/environmental organization NOT in partnership with your local Texas Master Naturalist chapter Receiving up to a set limit of service credit (e.g., 10 hours per year as set by your local chapter) for serving as a board or committee member for another natural resource/environmental organization that is ALSO a partner with your local chapter, providing the chapter with resources such as meeting space at little or no cost Receiving credit for time spent serving as a board or committee member for a natural resource/environmental organization in partnership with your local chapter and because the organization invited you to serve and represent your local Master Naturalist chapter in this capacity
Conducting endangered species surveys; developing nature trails or habitat brush piles at a local park/nature center which is in partnership with your local chapter Maintaining a nature classroom/training area for that same partner who also allows the chapter to keep an office and/or hold chapter meetings in this same space

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