As Texas Master Naturalists, we not only get our feet wet but we spend much of our time in communing with nature. All the while, learning about different plant, animal, and insect species, and sometimes making discoveries as one Master Naturalist did with a new plant species.
Master Naturalist certification requires 40 hours of training and 40 hours of chapter and community service earned 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.
One of our recent classes focused on managing invasive plants in east Texas. Check out Invasive Plant Management-Master Naturalists, a handout 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. Couples taking the class pay total fee of $245 and will share one text book. Each candidate will be required to pass a Texas Parks and Wildlife background check.