Joining Tierra Grande Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists
Please check back for information on the –>New Member Class of 2022<–. If you would like early bird notice when applications are available, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to the chapter “Interested” distribution list.
Thank you for your interest in the Texas Master Naturalist Program (TMN). The Mission: To be an educational, nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to developing a self-sustaining corps of well-informed volunteers. The Tierra Grande Chapter provides education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management or interpretation of natural resources and natural areas in the Big Bend Region primarily Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties.
TMN is a volunteer-training program sponsored by the Texas Cooperative Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. TMN teaches adults about the natural resources of Texas and inspires an appreciation of the natural environment. The program features in-depth training in wildlife and natural resource management. It is taught by recognized experts in the fields and is customized to focus on the native ecosystems of the region. Through a targeted volunteer network, TMN ensures that others will be able to enjoy natural Texas for years to come.
Volunteers participating in the program must complete: 40 hours of combined classroom and field instruction; 8 hours of approved advanced training; 40 hours of volunteer service on approved projects. Volunteering is the main objective of this training and you will be asked if you are committed to volunteering after training on the application.
There will be one day and four intensive weekends of training held at different locations; each represents a major life zone found in the Chihuahuan Desert. All four training weekends will include classroom and outdoor instruction. All training weekends are mandatory.
The curriculum is extensive. Training presentations include: Introduction to the TMN program; Plants; Texas naturalists; Ornithology; Ecological concepts; Entomology; Ecological regions of Texas; Ichthyology; Ecosystems, concepts, and management; Mammalogy; Geology; Archeology; Soils; Forest ecology and management; Weather and climate; Aquatic ecology and management; The nature of naming; Range land ecology and management; Volunteers as teachers; and Urban systems.
Accommodations are provided at all but one of the weekend long venues and meals are provided at all of them with the exception of a couple of hikes. Some of the hikes are challenging with long duration and/or moderate elevation changes.
These are some of the most scenic and interesting places in Texas!
The fee for the training sessions is $250.
As volunteers will potentially be working with children, the volunteer background check must be conducted. There is a checkbox on the application where you will allow this background check to be performed. Background checks will be done by the Texas Cooperative Extension Service.
Tierra Grande Chapter
PO BOX 133
Alpine, TX 79831
Thank you for your interest!