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

 “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

Our Fall 2018 class will start on Thursday, August 30, 2018. 

Classes will be held each Thursday from August 30 through November 15, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Mountain View College, Classroom W-38, 4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, TX 75211.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 class.  
Please note this form cannot be saved in progress. Allow 20 to 30 minutes to complete the application. You can Preview the Form before you start it online.

The application deadline is June 20, 2018.

Preference will be given to applicants who express a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources; a willingness and availablity to contribute time to volunteer service; and a desire to complete the coursework, homework, and field trips.

Please see this testimonial from one of our first applicants!

Applicants will be informed of acceptance status in late July.


The registration fee is $180.00, which includes first year’s membership payment, textbook, and other supplies. Payment will be accepted in last July,  AFTER you receive your acceptance notice.  Instructions will be given at that time.

Partial scholarships are available.

How do I become a certified Master Naturalist?

  • Submit the application for the class and pass the mandatory background check to be accepted into the program.
  • Complete the training program: 40 classroom hours, 3 field trips (1 each for Aquatic, Prairie, and Forest ecosystems), homework, and class project.
  • Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of approved advanced training.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service.

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

What does the training program cover?

The class provides volunteers with a broad naturalist education: ecological concepts, ecosystems and natural history; human impact on nature; and awareness of ethics, value judgment, and citizen science.  Instructors are local experts in the natural resources community from universities, state and federal agencies, and nature centers.

Class and Field Trip Topics Fall  First class August 30.  (Please arrive by 6:00 p.m.)

To learn more about the presenters, please click on their names.

August 30 Introduction to NTMN; Ecological Concepts Bruce Stewart

Sam Kieschnick


September 6 Ecological Regions of Texas Dan Northcut
September 13 Botany Tiana Rehman
September 20 Entomology Dr. Mike Merchant
September 27 Geology and Effects of Weather and Climate Dan Northcut
October 4 Ecosystem Management and Urban Systems Will Ford
October 11 Ornithology Tania Homayoun
October 18 Forest Ecology Steve Houser
October 25 Mammalogy


Naima Jeannette

Meghan Peoples

November 1 Prairie Ecology Brandon Belcher
November 8 Herpetology Roger Sanderson
November 15 Citizen Science Sam Kieschnick


FIELD TRIPS: Each Trainee must attend one field trip in each category. 

If you are a Trainee from another chapter, to inquire about a make up field trip, email

Possible locations include:

Prairie Systems

  • Cedar Hill State Park
  • Clymer Meadow
  • Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

Wetlands/Aquatic Systems

  • John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
  • Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)


  • Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
  • Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)
  • Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)

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

Please consider joining us on GroupMe to get messages about the fall class.
Click here to join:

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

V. Rose Mercer, Vice President

Laura Kimberly, New Class Director

Bruce Stewart, President

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