Welcome to North Texas Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program! Here you will find “a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas.”
Here I find my dig-deep in-the-dirt side-by-side true friends. I admire North Texas Master Naturalists for connecting people with nature, committing to our community and representing our chapter contributing in countless ways with our partner projects all over Dallas County and beyond; and our choice to be a life-long learner, ever-curious.
In partnership with a southern Dallas county campus implementing sustainability initiatives for several years under the wise leadership and diligent stewardship of Sustainability Coordinator Lori Delacruz Lewis, North Texas Master Naturalists will host a fall class at Mountain View College. On this campus you will find energy and water reductions, recycling programs, a community garden, aquaponics lab, and an outdoor classroom. The Outdoor Classroom consists of seven campus “stations” for faculty to conduct outdoor learning sessions: Austin Chalk Wash, Blackland Prairie, Woodland Trails and East and West Patios that straddle the stream running through the middle of the campus. The Geology Courtyard and Butterfly/Fractal Garden are currently being designed. Encompassing the entire campus, the Outdoor Classroom is 210 acres in the Austin Chalk Wash formation, which boasts woodland trails, Blackland Prairie and a wide variety of wildlife. The Office of the Mountain View College President, Dr. Robert Garza wrote: “We find that a partnership with TMN and bringing its training to our campus naturally aligns.”
In an effort to spread our mission, and increase our volunteer hours at our project partner locations in southern Dallas County, recruitment efforts for this fall class at this lovely campus will target staff, students and faculty of Mountain View College; and neighbors of Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center, Trinity River Audubon Center, Cedar Ridge Preserve, John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Kiest Park, and Oak Cliff Nature Preserve.
Visit our How to Join page for more information; or find us at upcoming outreach events:
- March 20, 2018 (Tuesday afternoon) Mountain View College – First Day of Spring
- April 15, 2018 (Sunday) Oak Cliff Earth Day
- April 20-22, 2018 (Friday-Sunday) Fair Park – EARTHx
North Texas Chapter
Texas Master Naturalist Program