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.

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.

Applications for the Spring 2019 Class will open on October 1, 2018.  Please visit this page again for details on dates and location

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.

Applications for the Fall 2018 Class are now closed.  Acceptances have been e-mailed.

The registration fee is $180.00, which includes the first year’s membership payment, textbook, and other supplies.

For those who have been accepted into the Fall 2018 Class, which starts on August 30, 2018, click the Buy Now button below to begin the payment process.

Updated instruction superseding those in the e-mail you received.  Enter the amount of $180 in the Price per item box.  Please pay by July 25, 2018.

Some partial scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Rose Mercer,  Scholarship recipients, in the Price per item box, enter the amount of the remaining portion you will pay.

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.  The November 8 class will take place at Texas Discovery Gardens.

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

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018, Cedar Hill State Park
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018, Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)
  • Saturday, September 29, Clymer Meadow

Wetlands/Aquatic Systems

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018, John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018, John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018, Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)


  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
  • A third field trip is still in the planning stages

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

Fall 2018 Class participants with questions Class contact:

V. Rose Mercer, Vice President

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


Laura Kimberly, New Class Director

Bruce Stewart, President

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