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 next class will start on August 28, 2018. 

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

Applications will be available soon.

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.


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

A few need-based 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 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 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

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

Ecological Regions of Texas

Ecosystem Management and Urban Ecosystems

Geology and Effects of Weather & Climate

Forest Ecology & Management


Prairie Ecology & Management


Aquatic Ecology and Management



Mammalogy and Laws, Ethics & Regulations

Citizen Science and Volunteering; End of Class Celebrations

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?

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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