Rio Brazos Master Naturalist Training

New Master Naturalist Training Class to start in early February 2018

The 2018 Master Naturalist training classes are scheduled to begin in early February 2018
at the Acton, Opal Durant Hood County Community Center.
There are a approximately of 11 classes allowing for better in depth presentations.
The training will include classes and field exercises and will typically start at 9:00 AM and end between 3-4 PM.
Be sure to check the schedule for exact dates, time and locations.
The classes are open to residents of Hood, Johnson, and Somervell Counties,
however we will accept students form the surrounding counties as well.
The fee is $125.00 and this covers the class materials, instruction fees, and a training manual.

Training registration form 2018
Training Flyer 2017
Training Class Summary: Dates and Locations (updated 12/11/2016)

Contact Maryann Mathews for information
Maryann Mathews, 817-714-3803 (Cell)

Class of 2011
Class of 2010
The Master Naturalist initial training is a series of classes designed to educate participants on the Texas environment from archaeology to weather and dragonflies to wildflowers.  It is being offered as a series of classes with a total of about 50 hours of training. The classes are normally offered on Saturdays, however there may be adjustments due to instructor's schedules. 

The program trains the public to become volunteers in area parks, recreation programs and environmental efforts in Hood, Johnson and Somervell counties in a program sponsored statewide by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Extension Cooperative. 

To become a Certified Master Naturalist participants will be required to volunteer 40 hours and take 8 additional hours of advanced training during the year following a minimum of 40 hours of initial training. The cost for the training program is $125 and includes the purchase of a manual. Training sessions will involve both lectures and field work. Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Classes and field trips will be held at various locations throughout the three counties and beyond. 

The chapter works with several city, county and state agencies and regional nature areas including Fossil Rim, the Acton Nature Center, Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Texas Forest Service, and Cleburne and Dinosaur Valley State Parks.

Those interested in becoming a Master Naturalists and taking the training program can contact Maryann Mathews at 817-714-3803 (Cell) or “”.