Master Naturalists

Please send all Volunteer Hours and correspondence to the following address:

Texas AgriLife Extension Service
9521 Socorro Rd Suite A2 Box #2
El Paso, TX. 79927
Our new phone number is (915) 860-2515

Our new FAX number is (915) 860-2536

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at the number listed.


Matthew Santillan
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
El Paso County
Chihuahuan Desert

Humming Bird On Its Nest Cam

Texas Master Naturalist program reaches Million hour milestone.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Master Naturalist program has reached 1 million volunteer service hours. This major milestone marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which began in Texas but has since given rise to a growing national movement.

The Texas Master Naturalist program began in 1998 as a joint effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service (formerly Texas Cooperative Extension) to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and areas within communities throughout the state. The program provides an opportunity for concerned adult citizens of all ages to learn about the natural environment and seek ways to better their communities.

To gain the title of “Texas Master Naturalist,” participants must complete a minimum of 40 hours of natural resource training, 40 hours of service and eight hours of advanced training offered through the program within their first year and complete a minimum of 40 hours of service and 8 hours of advanced training to keep their certification current each year thereafter.

The 1 million hours of service were achieved by more than 5,306 volunteers in 39 recognized local chapters throughout Texas. In the past 10 years during which these service hours were achieved, Texas Master Naturalists were on hand to help with resource recovery after natural catastrophes such as hurricanes and droughts. Volunteers were also ready to serve when the economy took a turn for the worse, making the value of their donated time even more precious.

The monetary worth of the 1 million hours of service is valued at approximately $19.58 million. In addition, the impact of the Texas Master Naturalist volunteers has been seen in more than 90,000 acres of land across Texas.

Information about the Texas Master Naturalist program, including the schedule of training courses and contact information for various local chapters across the state, is on the program Web site.

On the Net:

FYI New Assistant for Lois

I am Lois Balin’s assistant for 2010-2011. I have just been approved via TMN yahoo.

If there is anything I can help with, I can now be contacted through TMN yahoo group or my own email:

It is an honor to be working with such a great group of naturalists.

Mary E. Anderson
Outreach and Educational Programs
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Intern
200 N. Clark Drive
El Paso, TX 79905
915-774-9603 p
915-774-9823 f

5 Responses to Master Naturalists

  1. Carolyn Awalt says:

    When will El Paso have its next training?

  2. Bron Clear says:

    What day and time is your monthly meeting?

  3. Bianca Marquez says:

    I am a visiting Master Naturalist from the North Texas Chapter and will be in town through the end of the month….was wondering when your Chapter meeting for July is and if I would be able to attend. Thank you.

  4. Ed Caballero says:

    How can I get started in the Master Naturalist project?

  5. Joe Arteaga, President and Marianela Milner, Secretary of Trans-Pecos TMN says:

    Matt, the information on this page is not up to date.

    1. Address update and new telephone numbers needed. This still shows that you are located on Socorro Road.
    2. Eva Rivera-Cruz’ information should be changed as the point of contact for the Trans-Pecos TMN Program.
    3. Who is the administrator on this page?

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