is a Texas Master Naturalist?
Texas Master Naturalists are volunteers with the interest and desire to
give back to their community and the willingness to attend the training.
How do I become a Texas
To join us and become a certified Texas Master Naturalist, you must
complete a 40-hour training course on the regionís natural features and
the impact that people have on nature. Training courses are usually held
in the spring or the fall of each year and average about 20 students. The
course includes presentations by biologists, geologists, naturalists, and
others from local, state, and federal agencies and universities.
You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours
of advanced training during the first 12 months following your completion
of the course (to be completed before your course's graduation anniversary
date). Advanced training enables Texas Master Naturalists to learn
additional knowledge or a particular skill in order to assist with
different volunteer projects. Advanced training activities in the past
have involved hands-on instruction, field trips to local natural areas,
and lectures with such topics as: Texas bats, Texas insects, Texas aquatic
environments, wildscape development, and trail planning, among many
All of the volunteer service and advanced training activities must be
approved by the appropriate committee and you must report your hours to
get credit. Once you meet these requirements, you will be certified as a
Texas Master Naturalist.
As a certified Master
Naturalist, what would I do?
Volunteer projects run the gamut and might include construction and
maintenance of interpretive trails; stream banks, marsh or prairie
restorations; exotic species control; fish, wildlife and plant
inventories; songbird nest box trails; natural resource youth camps;
school programs; programs to community groups; landowner consultation;
outdoor skill instruction; natural resource interpretation at nature and
visitor centers; creating and maintaining naturescaping demonstration
areas; and more.
What are my
responsibilities as a certified Master Naturalist?
Once you are certified, it is your responsibility to maintain your
certification. You are expected to stay active in the local Chapter and
attend meetings, take advantage of advanced training offered through the
local chapter, and keep accurate records of your service hours. As a
volunteer, you may not profit from your status or violate the policies,
missions and goals of the sponsoring agencies that govern use of the
Master Naturalist title.
When and where are the
The Rio Brazos Chapter meetings are normally held the first Thursday of
the month at 6:00 p.m. with the meetings rotating among Johnson,
Somervell, and Hood Counties.
What is a volunteer chapter?
Master Naturalist volunteers in a community organize into self-governing
chapters, with partner/agency staff serving as chapter advisors.
Who administers the
The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership of the Texas
Cooperative Extension Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife and local partners
in each community.
How is the program
This is a self-supporting program. Volunteers are expected to pay to cover
the costs of their training. Local chapters are supported by training
fees, chapter dues, and donations (money or in-kind services such as free
meeting space) from local partners. A portion of the training fees and
chapter dues are also used to support statewide administration of the
program. The local training fees and dues are set by the local
coordinating committee and take into account the state fees.