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 firstname.lastname@example.org to request a scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due on January 1, 2019.
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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.
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.
|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:
|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|
|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)|
|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 email@example.com