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

Application registration has closed for the Class of 2018 Spring session. 

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

The application deadline was December 1, 2017.

Registration is limited. 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.

Online submission is preferred.  After online submission, please email to confirm we have received your application.


The registration fee is $180.00 which includes first year’s membership payment, textbook, and other supplies. Payment will be accepted via PayPal AFTER you receive your acceptance notice on or about December 20th.  Instructions will be given at that time.  A few need-based partial scholarships are available.  To apply print, complete, scan, and submit the Scholarship Application by January 1, 2018.

Pay Your Class Fee
For those accepted into the Class starting in February 2018, click the Buy Now button to begin the payment process. The class fee is $180.00. Please pay by January 5, 2018.

How do I become a certified Master Naturalist?

  • Complete the 40-hour training program and 3 field trips (1 each for Aquatic, Prairie, and Forest ecosystems)
  • 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?

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.

Tentative Class and Field Trip Schedule Spring 2018

Classes are held each Tuesday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  For 1st class, Accepted Trainees should report between 5:15 and 5:30 pm. Most classes will be held at Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244.

2-6    Introduction to the Master Naturalist Program and  Ecosystem Concepts (Please arrive by 5:30 p.m.)

2-13   Ecological Regions of Texas

2-20  Ecosystem Management and Urban Ecosystems

2-27   Geology and Effects of Weather & Climate

3-6     Forest Ecology & Management

3-13   Herpetology (Class meets at Texas Discovery Gardens)

3-20   Prairie Ecology & Management

3-27   Botany

4-3     Aquatic Ecology and Management

4-10   Ornithology

4-17   Entomology

4-24  Mammalogy and Laws, Ethics & Regulations

5-1    Citizen Science and Volunteering; End of Class Celebrations

FIELD TRIPS: Each Trainee must attend one field trip in each category. Times and dates are subject to change due to weather.

If you are a Trainee from another chapter, to schedule a make up field trip, email to RSVP.

Prairie Systems

  • Saturday, March 31, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Cedar Hill State Park
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Clymer Meadow
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)

Wetlands/Aquatic Systems

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)


  • Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
  • Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to Noon
    Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)

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

Bruce Stewart, President

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