Are You Ready to Become a Master Naturalist

Effective 3/16/20:  All PWL Master Naturalist Classes and Activities have been suspended through April. Check back here and on Facebook for updates.  We are observing all CDC and WHO recommendations to keep each other safe from COVID-19.

Have you ever wondered what’s in your backyard that you can’t see?  What floats below the water in Lake Livingston?  Why grass grows and your plants don’t?  If you have what it takes, like playing in the mud, hanging out with other naturalists, and a willingness to keep learning and share what you learn,  you should become a Master Naturalist.

Piney Wood Lakes Texas Master Naturalist, with members from Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler Counties, is always looking for ecology and conservation-minded new members. Members train and volunteer for community opportunities to gain education, manage and enhance the area’s natural resources.

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If you can identify with one or more of the Naturalist types in the graphic, join us.

New Class Began on February 13,  2020.

Master Naturalist certification requires 40 hours of training and 40 hours of chapter and community service within one year of beginning training. Topics covered in the training include interpretation and management of natural resources, ecological concepts, eco-regions in Texas, pollinators, bird and wildlife identification, and natural systems management.

That class featured a talk on managing invasive plants in east Texas.  Download Invasive Plant Management-Master Naturalists, a tip sheet with proven suggestions to rid your land or yard of Japanese honeysuckle, Japanese privet, Chinese tallow trees and more.

Cost to become a Texas Master Naturalist is $140 which includes the bound State Curriculum, first-year chapter annual dues of $25, temporary and permanent name badges and fees for speakers and facilities. Each candidate will be required to pass a Texas Parks and Wildlife background check.

Classes will be held on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 11 weeks beginning Feb. 13 and ending April 23. Locations for the classes include the Polk County AgriLife Office, or in the field.

Take the plunge and download your application now.

For more information on joining us, email Nelda Tuthill   or call 936-327-8394


4 Responses to Are You Ready to Become a Master Naturalist

  1. diderich says:

    The Classes for 2019 start at the chapter meeting on February 21 and then weekly thereafter.

  2. diderich says:

    see home page

  3. Steve Pauley says:

    Will there be classes for 2020 and when might they begin? Thank you.

    • texasbebe13 says:

      Steve, Piney Wood Lakes Chapter Master Naturalist has a new class beginning on Feb. 13. If you are still interested, send an email to Nelda Tuthill, or call her at (281) 731-5757. Hope you join us, Beth Miller, Webmaster

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