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.
A new class will begin 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.
Additionally, each trainee must complete the annual requirement for eight hours of advanced training in an area of personal interest. Various presentations offered at chapter meetings can fulfill much of this requirement.
Cost for 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, the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce 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