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7th Annual Advanced Training Day Event

June 15 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Texas Master Naturalist – Cradle of Texas Chapter is pleased to host our 7th Annual Advanced Training Day on Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 8am-3:30pm. This in-person event will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Angleton. Breakfast and light refreshments will be provided by chapter member volunteers, and the chapter will provide a lunch of delicious hoagies and beverages for all attendees. Participants will receive 6 hours of Advanced Training credit.

Our theme this year is “Small but Mighty: Insects” and we are excited to welcome a great line-up of speakers and topics, as follows:

  • “I Love Bugs (and you should too): A Photographic Journey” – Patty Brinkmeyer, Texas Master Naturalist – Cradle of Texas Chapter
  • “Wildscaping to Support Insects and Other Wildlife at Home” – Lauren Simpson, Creator of St. Julian’s Crossing Wildlife Habitat
  • “What Is an Insect?” – Jose Marquez, Lead Surveyor, Brazoria County Mosquito Control District
  • “Pond Life in Big Slough” – Ed Barrios, Texas Master Naturalist – Cradle of Texas Chapter
  • “Night Wings over the Prairie – Insect Life after Dark” – Mary Spolyar, Texas Master Naturalist – Gulf Coast Chapter
  • “The Muddle of Monarchs” – Mickey Dufilho, Texas Master Naturalist – Cradle of Texas Chapter

We are also offering an optional Mothing event at Brazos Woods Preserve in West Columbia on Thursday, June 13, 2024 beginning at 7:30pm (end time TBD by level of insect activity.) Participants will receive 2 hours of Advanced Training credit.

This year’s event will also include a display contest, with prizes to be awarded by an anonymous panel of judges based on relevance to theme, presentation of content, and creativity. There will also be a Peoples’ Choice Award determined by attendees. If you would like to create a display, please indicate that when registering for the event.

Limited to 100 participants. Register now to reserve your spot! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/903386121207?aff=oddtdtcreator

Registration fees: Free/COT-members, $20/non-members

Registration deadline: June 7, 2024

We appreciate your support of this event!

Kristine Rivers, Advanced Training Director

Texas Master Naturalist – Cradle of Texas Chapter



June 15
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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First Presbyterian Church Angleton
130 S. Arcola St.
Angleton, Texas
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