Become a trained and certified Texas Master Naturalist!
The Rio Brazos Chapter’s training classes for 2020 are scheduled. The application period for training to become a Texas Master Naturalist is open until December 15, 2019. Please read the following information before filling out the online application at the bottom of this page.
You are invited to join us for a preview of the training sessions at Texas Master Naturalist Training Meet and Greet on Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00-7:00 pm, at the Opal Durant Community Center Library (a.k.a. Acton Library), 6430 Smoky Hill Ct., Granbury, TX 76049. You can meet some chapter members and instructors and learn more about the training. The meeting will be informal. We are a friendly and welcoming cadre of nature-lovers!
An orientation class will kick off the training series at the Acton Library on January 14, 2020, with an introduction to the Texas Master Naturalist program and history of the program. Most classes will be held at that location on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Classes are posted on the Chapter’s website calendar, and you can download the single page pdf version of the class schedule here. 2020 Training Class Schedule Be sure to read the schedule before filling out your training application as you will be asked to verify that you have read it.
Nondiscrimination Notice: Application to the Texas Master Naturalist, Rio Brazos Chapter is open to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of socioeconomic level, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age (18 or older), or disability.
Background Checks and Waivers: All Texas Master Naturalist, Rio Brazos Chapter training applicants must agree to a photo and liability waiver, in addition to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department background check. A link to the required background check form will be sent after class acceptance. A driver’s license is required to complete the online form. There is no cost to you for the background check. This TPWD background check is mandatory of all Texas Master Naturalists, new and current, regardless of previous or other current background checks. After the initial TPWD background check, background check updates are required every 3 years.
Ethics and Standards of Conduct: Please review and ensure that you understand and can pledge to abide by the Texas Master Naturalist Ethics and Standards of Conduct.
Open Carry of Firearms: Texas Master Naturalists shall not openly carry firearms while volunteering, in accordance with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department policy concerning open carry of firearms.
Chapter Dues: The Rio Brazos Chapter collects $25 annual membership dues from each of its members. These are due by January 1 of each year.
Please direct any questions about the training to Maryann Mathews at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a certified Texas Master Naturalist and want to join the 2020 training classes, please fill out and submit the online application form below. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by December 25, 2019. All accepted applicants must pay the class fee of $125 by January 1, 2020. The fee covers class materials, instruction fees, the training manual, and chapter dues for the year ($25). Instructions for paying the fee will be in your acceptance notice.
Complete information requested below. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required in order for your form to be submitted. If you skip any of these fields and click on the “submit” button, you will get a notice to complete them before your submittal can be successful. Fields without an asterisk (*) are optional. However, your responses will be helpful for us to understand your commitment, background, skills, and experience as a future volunteer in the Texas Master Naturalist program.
If we receive more applications than we have space to admit, we will strive to select the best applicants – those whose listed backgrounds, interests, and commitment demonstrate motivation to become certified Texas Master Naturalists and serve in our community as naturalist volunteers.
A field at the end of the applications provides a place where you can add any relevant information that was not covered elsewhere.
We look forward to receiving your application!