Piney Wood Lakes Chapter is made up of folks just like you who are interested in the world around them. If you’ve ever wondered about what’s in your “Back Yard”, the Texas Master Naturalist is the program for you.

A Piney Wood Lakes Texas Master Naturalist is exposed to the diversity of the plants, animals and geology of the Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler County region through Experienced Instructors in Basic Training, Field Trips and Community Projects!

Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours training from educators and specialists from places such as universities, natural resource agencies, nature centers, and museums. Training topics include interpretation and management of natural resources, ecological concepts, eco-regions in Texas, and natural systems management. Volunteers are expected to give 40 hours of service a year in community education, demonstration, and habitat enhancement projects. They are also expected to pursue a minimum of eight hours of advance training in areas of personal interest.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program.

We are the 42nd Chapter, organized with the help of the Livingston-Polk County Chamber of Commerce Eco-Tourism committee, the AgriLife Extension Agents of Polk, Trinity and Tyler Counties and TPWD Lake Livingston State Park. The Chapter followed the TMN State Committee guidelines for chapter formation from Sept. 2009 to July 2010. On Aug. 19, 2012 we became the 42nd Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program. Guest speaker for that event was Dr. Earl Chilton on the invasive Zebra Mussel approach to Texas near Lake Texoma.

The Chapter has a variety of group or individual service projects for EDUCATION, NATURAL RESOURCE ASSISTANCE & MAINTENANCE AND TRAINING!

PINEY WOOD LAKES CHAPTER The chapter serves Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity and Tyler counties. Members meet to train and volunteer for community opportunities related to beneficial managing of the area’s natural resources. Chapter information at www.txmn.org/pineywoodlakes or email questions to pineywoodlakes@gmail.com or call 936-327-8394


11 Responses to Welcome

  1. Susan Tullos says:

    Contact Susan Tullos directly for any further questions: sgtullos@livingston.net

  2. John Simpson says:

    Is there any chance a senior citizen might “audit” your gatherings?

    • diderich says:

      Of course you can. Visitors are always welcome. We keep the calendar of events public on this website. The member area is restricted to members and contains training, financial reports, and member contact information.

  3. Amanda Sutters says:

    I’m interested in joining a group in Trinity County. Please provide details as to when I can start. Thank you
    Amanda Sutters

    • diderich says:

      Trinity County is included in our group. We meet at the Livingston Chamber of Commerce at 2 PM on the first Thursday of each month. There are other activities, including some on weekends as shown in the calendar on this website. We would welcome you to come and meet us.

  4. Steve pauley says:

    Would like to join but have been unable to get a response. Can you help?

  5. martin schaffranek says:

    When/where is the next meeting.

    • diderich says:

      The meetings are shown in the “upcoming events” on the home page of this site. They are on the second Thursday of even numbered months at 11:30 AM at the Polk County Chamber of Commerce (59 N feeder south of the hospital).

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