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What is the Texas Master Naturalist Program?
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A natural resource-based training program that develops a corps of knowledgeable volunteers who provide education, outreach and service to promote the beneficial management of natural resources in the state of Texas

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Program Goals

  • Improve the public’s understanding of natural resource ecology & management
  • Work with local school districts to incorporate “hands-on” education programs that increase students’ understanding & appreciation of the natural world.
  • Develop a self-sufficient Texas Master Naturalist volunteer network to ensure good stewardship of our natural resources.


How to become a Texas Master Naturalist

  • Attend training classes and field trips (~60 hours)
  • Perform 40 hours of approved volunteer service
  • Complete 8 hours of advanced training

Instructional classes and field trips are conducted annually from February through May and advanced training throughout the year

Instructional Program – Classes

  • Orientation
  • Naturalist’s Challenge
  • Land Ethic
  • Weather and Climate
  • Soils
  • Ecology and Ecosystems
  • Ornithology
  • Mammalogy
  • Geology
  • Urban Ecology
  • Archaeology
  • Botany
  • Aquatics
  • Invertebrates
  • Herpetology
  • Desert Ecology

Filed Trips

  • Rio Bosque Wetlands
  • Ornithology
  • Geology
  • Botanyu
  • Aquatics
  • Desert Ecology
  • Hueco Tanks State Park

How to Apply

To obtain further information and application forms, please contact:
Matt Santillan,
Texas AgriLife Extension
PH:  851-2515
email: msantill@ag.tamu.edu

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