The Texas Master Naturalist 2020 Annual Meeting is going virtual!
When: October 14th-17th, 2020
Where: From the comfort of your home office, back patio or reclining chair.
As a result of the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Master Naturalist Program has decided to suspend this year’s in-person event in Houston, Texas, in favor of a fully virtual experience.
The decision reflects TMN’s responsibility to protect the health and wellbeing of its members, conference attendees and the general population while still serving its mission to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas.
While we may not be seeing you in Houston this fall in person, we are committed to creating a valuable and engaging educational and networking experience that mirrors our in-person Annual Meeting. In fact, we’re quite excited about all of the new possibilities that a virtual conference opens up for our event!
Please save the dates for us now! We’ve shifted the dates to Wednesday through Saturday to accommodate the virtual setting. We’ll be online with you October 14th through 17th with four days of sessions, interactive programs, and some surprises we’ll be sharing later this summer.
More details coming soon!
Call for Proposals
The Texas Master Naturalist 2020 Annual Meeting is accepting proposals for presentations! This year’s Annual Meeting will be held October 14th through 18th, and will be held virtually!
The Texas Master Naturalist Program welcomes your proposals as contributions to our agenda! Individuals wishing to present are invited to submit their proposal on the Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting Call for Proposals website –
Our modified VIRTUAL Annual Meeting will consist of sessions offered via a web conferencing platform starting each day of the conference at 9am and ending at 5pm. Sessions will be offered concurrently with one, two and four hour blocks, built-in breaks and potentially themed days (dependent on final submissions received). Presenters will be given the option to pre-record their presentation, present live or a hybrid of pre-recorded presentation and live discussion time. Each presenter will be paired with two support volunteers – one technical aid and one content aid – for pre-conference preparations and during conference assistance. The technical aid will manage the web conference platform, audio connections/issues and will provide the speaker with an opportunity to run through their slides online to test equipment. The content aid volunteer will be ready to assist the speaker with an audience warmup, introduce the speaker, watch the chat room and engage the audience in chat if needed.
If you have already submitted your proposal and would like to review your submission to modify for the virtual platform, please email Mary Pearl Meuth, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday June 30th at 5pm!
While we may not be seeing you in person this fall, we are committed to creating a valuable and engaging educational and networking experience that mirrors our in-person Annual Meeting. In fact, we’re quite excited about all of the new possibilities that a virtual conference opens up for our event!
Once again this year, we are seeking sponsorship for the Texas Master Naturalist 21st Annual Meeting. In addition to general meeting sponsorship we are also seeking sponsorship for specific portions of our first VIRTUAL event, such as website logos, app logos and more. These platforms will allow our meeting to continue to provide participants networking opportunities, team building meetings and a healthy environment for productive educational seminars even while connected from a distance! More information can be found here – Sponsorship for 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting
All sponsorships will receive special recognition through conference communication, fliers, announcements and programs. Sponsors may make a general contribution to support and sponsor the TMN Annual Meeting as a whole at any of the following levels:
Be a Friend = $150
Be an Ecologist = $300
Be a Steward = $500
Be a Conservationist = $1,000+
Be a Naturalist = $5,000+
For more information, contact Mary Pearl Meuth at (email@example.com) or (979) 845-7294.
View the past 5 Annual Meetings:
- 2019 Annual Meeting– October 18-20, 2019, Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefront Hotel, Rockwall, TX
- 2018 Annual Meeting – October 18-20, 2018, Sherton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center, Georgetown, TX
- 2017 Annual Meeting – October 20-22, 2017, Omni Hotel, Corpus Christi, TX
- 2016 Annual Meeting – October 20-22, 2016, La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa, Montgomery, TX
- 2015 Annual Meeting – October 23-25, 2015, Horseshoe Bay Resort, near Marble Falls, TX