What is a Texas Master Naturalist?
The Texas Master Naturalist program is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve as sponsors for the program.
How do I become a Texas Master Naturalist?
To join us and become a certified Texas Master Naturalist, you must complete a 40-hour training course on the region’s natural features and the impact that people have on nature. Training courses are held in the fall of each year and average about 20 students. 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 knowledge 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: Texas bats, Texas insects, Texas aquatic environments, wildscape development, and trail planning, among many others.
All of the volunteer service and advanced training activities must be approved by the chapter board of directors and you must report your hours to get credit.
When and where are the chapter meetings?
We meet at 6:30 pm at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.