Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Texas Master Naturalist?
Texas Master Naturalists are volunteers with the interest and desire to give back to their community and willingness to attend the training.

How do I become a Texas Master Naturalist?

To join us and become a certified Texas Master Naturalist, you must complete a training course on the area’s natural features and the impact that people have on nature. The course includes presentations by biologists, geologists, naturalists, and others from local, state, and federal agencies and universities.

You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training during the first 12 months following your completion of the course (to be completed before your course’s graduation anniversary date). Advanced training enables Texas Master Naturalists to learn additional information or a particular skill in order to assist with different volunteer projects. Advanced training activities in the past have involved hands-on instruction, field trips to local natural areas, and lectures with such topics as range management, youth education, habitat restoration, mussel and amphibian training, etc..

All of the volunteer service and advanced training activities must be approved by the chapter board of directors (the chapter officers and advisors) and must be reported to the secretary to get credit. Once you meet these requirements, you will receive a dragonfly pin and a certificate showing that you are a certified Texas Master Naturalist.

What are my responsibilities as a certified Master Naturalist?
Once you are certified, it is your responsibility to maintain your certification. You are expected to stay active in the local Chapter and attend meetings, take advantage of advanced training offered through the local chapter, and keep accurate records of your service hours. As a volunteer, you may not profit from your status or violate the policies, missions and goals of the sponsoring agencies that govern use of the Master Naturalist title.

When and where are the chapter meetings?

The Rolling Plains Chapter meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Midwestern State University Bolin Science Hall Room 209.
What is a volunteer chapter?
Master Naturalist volunteers in a community organize into self-governing chapters, with partner/agency staff serving as chapter advisors.

Who administers the program?
The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership of the Texas Cooperative Extension Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and local partners in each community.

How is the program supported?
This is a self-supporting program. Volunteers are expected to pay to cover the costs of their training. Local chapters are supported by training fees, chapter dues, and donations (money or in-kind services) from local partners. A portion of the training fees and chapter dues are also used to support statewide administration of the program. The local training fees and dues are set by the local coordinating committee and take into account the state fees.

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