Welcome to the South Plains Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program!
The Texas Master Naturalist program is a network of well-informed volunteers dedicated to conservation, service, leadership, and lifelong learning. It provides 40 hours of coursework in natural history, interpretation, and conservation stewardship. The training combines classroom instruction with field experiences. The classes are taught by professional natural resource educators and scientists. Once trained, the Texas Master Naturalists will provide 40 hours of service and take 8 hours of advanced training each year to maintain their certification. Master Naturalists assist government agencies, educational institutions, and non-government organizations with research, outdoor recreation development, and environmental education and protection.
The South Plains Chapter encompasses the following 21 counties: Bailey, Borden, Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Scurry, Stonewall, Terry, and Yoakum. This area intersects two main ecological regions. On the west is the High Plains region also called the Llano Estacado , or Staked Plains. On the east is the North Central Plains region.
Mainly known as an agricultural region producing a large percentage of the nation’s cotton and possessing large cattle ranches, the South Plains is also home to a fascinating wildlife biodiversity, which the Master Naturalist program will help you know better and preserve.
Master Naturalists come from all walks of life and represent all levels of knowledge about the natural world. The only requirement: that you are interested in learning about the fundamentals of natural history and the importance of responsible environmental stewardship.
Please, come join us!