What is the Texas Master Naturalist Program?
The Texas Master Naturalist program is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve as sponsors for the program.
How do I become a certified Master Naturalist?
To become a certified Master Naturalist a trainee must complete the following:
- Complete an organized training program sponsored by a Master Naturalist chapter that involves a minimum of 40 hours of instruction composed of both classroom and field experiences
- Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of approved advanced training
- Complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service
To retain certification in each subsequent year members must complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training and provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service in chapter approved project activities.
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How old do I need to be to join?
How can I find the nearest Master Naturalist Chapter?
The chapter nearest me will not hold a class any time soon and I would like to assist the chapter with their projects. Is that possible?
What does it cost to be a Master Naturalist?
When and where is training held?
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What are examples of projects that Master Naturalists are doing?
- Working as a wetland restoration team along a coastal area
- Assisting with field surveys of endangered species such as the Golden-Cheeked Warbler
- Presenting interpretive programs to campers at state parks
- Performing water quality test
- Restoring a blackland prairie in a city park
- Assisting a nature center with the establishment of a herbarium
- Developing and maintaining nature trails and leading informative hikes
- Improving a wetland habitat along a river
- Assisting with a turtle patrol along a beach
- Leading a school class on a nature hike or conducting a workshop at a school
- Assisting with the Texas Horned Lizard Watch
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