How to Join and Class Schedule

We appreciate your interest in the Texas Master Naturalist Program. Our mission is 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.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.”
-Frank Lloyd Wright

“We belong in nature.  Save that and we can certainly save ourselves.”  “I don’t want to lecture people about saving the planet.  I want to share with them the joy of the natural world.”
-Edward O. Wilson

To learn more about our mission and talk with representatives for our many volunteer projects, please join the North Texas Chapter at the Open House on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at:

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Office
10056 Marsh Lane, Suite B-101 (in basement)
Dallas, TX 75229-6071

Registration opens on October 1st.  See below for the tentative schedule for 2018.  In the meantime, check the calendar and feel free to attend our meetings, or a fun event, most are open to the public.

Application registration will open on October 1, 2017 for the Class of 2018 session!

The application deadline is December 1, 2017.

Registration is limited and earlier applications receive priority. Online submission is preferred.  After online submission, please email to confirm that we have received your application. If scanning and sending by email send to

Each application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine the applicant’s interest in the program, availability for volunteer service, and commitment to stewardship of our natural resources.

Please do not mail the training fee with your application. The fee which covers curriculum, notebook, various other handouts, and name tag will be collected after applicants are accepted. You will be notified by December 20, 2017 of your acceptance in the class.

How do I become a certified Master Naturalist?

  • Complete the 40-hour training program and 3 field trips (1 each in Aquatics, Prairies, and Forests)
  • Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of approved advanced training
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service.

Master Naturalists recertify each year by completing 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service.

What does the training program cover?

You’ll learn basic ecological concepts, study the ecosystems of North Texas, and explore what happens when an ecosystem is unbalanced. Sessions are taught by local experts from the natural resource community, universities, state and federal agency biologists, and nature center staff.


The registration fee is $180.00 (subject to change).  Payment accepted via PayPal by clicking the button below.   Please wait to pay until AFTER you receive your acceptance notice on or about December 20th.  Instructions will be given at that time.



Tentative Class and Field Trip Schedule Spring 2018

Classes are held each Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Locations will be announced in September.  For 1st class, Accepted Trainees should report by 5:15-5:30 pm

2-6    Introduction to MN Program and Ecosystem Concepts

2-13   Ecological Regions of Texas

2-20  Mammalogy & Ecosystem Management

2-27   Forest Ecology and Management

3-6     Prairie Ecology & Management

3-13   Herpetology

3-20   Ornithology

3-27   Botany

4-3    Urban Systems

4-10   Entomology

4-17   Laws, Regulations, and Ethics; and Citizen Science

4-24  Effects of Weather and Climate on Ecoregions and Geology of Texas

5-1    Reserve for make up in case of weather cancellations

End of Class

FIELD TRIPS:  Each Trainee must attend one field trip in each category.  Times and dates will be scheduled in the fall and are subject to change due to weather.  These will typically be on Saturday mornings with an occasional Sunday afternoon between end of February and end of April, 2018.

If you are a Trainee from another chapter, email to RSVP.

Prairie Systems (possible locations)

Cedar Hill State Park

Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

White Rock Lake

Wetlands/Aquatic Systems (possible locations)

Trinity River Audubon Center

John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)

John F. Burke Nature Preserve

Forest/Trees  (possible locations)

Spring Creek Forest Preserve

Trinity River Audubon Center

John F. Burke Nature Preserve

Who can I contact for more information about the training program?

For more information on joining the North Texas Master Naturalist chapter, contact:

Laura Kimberly, New Class Director, 972-307-8364

Bruce Stewart, President

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