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. The North Texas Chapter primarily serves Dallas, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties. The Texas Master Naturalist website provides a map and links for chapters across the state.

Learn. Volunteer. Repeat.

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. To become a Master Naturalist, you must be at least 18 years of age.
  • 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.

The next class will start on Tuesday, February 5, 2019


Applications are now closed for the Spring 2019 Class.  Applications for the next class in Spring 2020 will open at the end of the year (2019). 

Preference will be given to applicants who express a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources; a willingness and availability to contribute time to volunteer service; a desire to complete the coursework, homework, and field trips; and those already volunteering. Particular consideration will be given to those who express willingness to serve in leadership roles for the Master Naturalist program.

Applicants have been notified of acceptance status.


The registration fee is $200.00, which includes first year’s membership payment, textbook, and other supplies. Please pay only AFTER you receive an acceptance notice. Detailed instructions will be given at that time.  Acceptance notices will be e-mailed no later than December 20.  Some partial scholarships are available. Send an e-mail to to request a scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due on January 1, 2019.

Enter the amount of $200 in the Price per item box.

Optionally, you may mail a check to:

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office
Attention: NTMN Treasurer
10056 Marsh Lane, Suite B-101
Dallas, TX 75229-6066


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 Schedule:

2019 Class, please see the 2019 Class Page for up-to-date details.  Tuesday evening classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Most classes meet at Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244.  The March 12 class meets at Texas Discovery Gardens.

To obtain certification, each trainee must attend at least twelve of the thirteen classes.

Topic Instructor
February 5, please arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m Introduction to Texas Master Naturalist Bruce Stewart
and Ecosystem Concepts Sam Kieschnick
February 12 Ecological Regions of Texas Dan Northcut
February 19 Ecosystem Management Rachel Richter
and Urban Ecosystems Brett Johnson
February 26 Geology and Effects of Weather and Climate Dan Northcut
March 5 Chapter Service and VMS Introduction Laura Kimberly
and Forest Ecology and Management Steve Houser
March 12 Herpetology (Class meets at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210) Roger Sanderson
March 19 Prairie Ecology and Management Branden Belcher
March 26 Taxonomy Meghan Peoples
and Mammology Sam Kieschnick
April 2 VMS Review Laura Kimberly
and Aquatic Ecology and Ichthyology Will Budnick
April 9 Ornithology Tania Homayoun
April 16 Entomology Mike Merchant
April 23 Botany Tiana Rehman
April 30 Volunteer Showcase and end of class celebration
Laws, Ethics, and Regulations Sam Kieschnick
Citizen Science Sam Kieschnick


To obtain certification, each Trainee must attend one field trip in each category.  Field trips take place on weekends.  Several options will be available for each category.

Field Trip topics and locations:

Prairie Systems

Time Day Location
9:00 am-12:00 noon Saturday April 6 Cedar Hill State Park
9:00 am-12:30 pm Saturday April 13 Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)
10:00 am-1:00 pm Saturday April 20 Clymer Meadow

Wetlands/Aquatic Systems

Time Day Date Location
9:00 am-12:00 noon Saturday February 16 John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
9:00 am-12:00 noon Saturday March 16 John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
1:00 pm-4:00pm Saturday March 16 John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)


Time Day Location
9:00 am-12:00 noon Saturday March 2 Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)
1:00 pm-4:00pm Sunday March 10 Spring Creek Forest
1:00 pm-4:00pm Saturday March 23 Dogwood Canyon


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

If you live in Collin, Denton, Ellis, or Tarrant County, consider your local chapter. The Texas Master Naturalist website provides a map and links for chapters across the state.

If you are a Trainee from another chapter, inquiring about a make up class or field trip, email

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