Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are statewide sponsors of the Texas Master Naturalist Program. As such we must adhere to the policies set forth by both of our sponsoring agencies.
Guidelines for all TMN Activities: It is very important to know and follow all federal, state, county and local COVID guidelines/restrictions before conducting TMN Activities.
Beyond these the TMN program will have the following guidelines:
Virtual meeting platform tools should be used whenever possible.
For any indoor activity that does occur in-person, both volunteers and public participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks. The occupancy limit shall not exceed one person per 100 square feet of indoor public space to allow for 10 feet of social distance.
For outdoor activities, both volunteers and public participants are strongly encouraged to wear masks and social distance by at least 6 feet.
All multi-county TMN Chapters must consider each of their county’s health ordinances when scheduling in person (‘face-to-face’) events or meetings, the ability/inability for chapter membership to attend, and the equity of scheduling events in certain counties to the exclusion/inclusion of certain segments of the chapter.
The full Transitioning Back document is linked on the Texas Master Naturalist COVID-19 response page
The Prairie Oaks Master Naturalist Chapter is a collegiate chapter of Texas Master Naturalists. Members include both community members and students from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.
Prairie Oaks Master Naturalists are well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas in the counties of Palo Pinto, Erath, Hamilton and Comanche. Within these counties are Rolling Plains, Oak Woods, Prairies, Blackland Prairie, and the Edwards Plateau ecoregions.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Tarleton State University serve as sponsors for the program.
Our monthly meetings are on the third Thursday of the month at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 1229 N. US Hwy 281, in Stephenville. Meetings are open to the public. A business portion begins at 6 pm followed by an hour-long presentation by a guest speaker. Check our calendar for information on speakers and upcoming events!
Due to COVID-19 guidelines monthly meetings may be virtual instead of in-person.