How to Join and Class Schedule

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. Visit this link to find other chapters throughout the state.

Master Naturalists enjoying a nature hike.

Why become a Master Naturalist?

Educate, Connect and Engage with Nature and People

  • Be part of a group of like-minded people that enjoy nature and the outdoors
  • Learn more about our natural environment in the North Texas area from experts in their fields
  • Work with people from North Texas with varied individual interests, experience, and talent
  • Help others love and value our natural environment
  • Learn about and support great nature organizations and their work
  • Protect and restore our natural resources
  • Make new friends and discover many wonderful prairies, forests, aquatic areas, nature centers, and parks you don’t even know exist

Nature walk with an urban biologist

Quick Views of our Chapter:  Check out these short videos to see more about us!

The NTMN Class Experience  (3 minutes)

I’m a Texas Master Naturalist (2 minute video)

While 2022 classes will be held mostly online, we will have several small-group, socially-distant, masked, in-person experiences—nature walks, field trips, meet-ups to see Master Naturalist Projects and places to volunteer.  Following health guidelines, we plan to offer ways to get to know you and for you to get to know our wonderful members.

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 (online), 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 and complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service within the same calendar year.

Master Naturalists maintain certification by completing 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service each year.

The next class will start on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and run through Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The period to apply for the class of 2022 is from September 15 to November 15, 2021.

The online application is available here. If you would like to preview the application, a pdf is available here

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 will be notified of acceptance status in December following the application period each year.

Cost
The registration fee for the 2022 class is $200.00, which includes the membership payment for 2022, 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 5, 2021. Some partial scholarships are available. Send an e-mail to newclass@ntmn.org to request a scholarship application. Scholarship applications are due on January 3, 2022.

If you have received an email notifying you that you have been accepted in the Class of 2022, a tuition invoice will be emailed to you from “North Texas Master Naturalists <quickbooks@notification.intuit.com>”.  You can securely pay your tuition by clicking the “Pay Invoice” button or by sending a check made out to “North Texas Master Naturalist” to the AgriLife office using address below.  Payment is due by January 5, 2022.

NORTH TEXAS MASTER NATURALISTS

C/O TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICES

6820 LYNDON B JOHNSON FWY STE 3200

DALLAS TX 75240-6580

What does the training program include?
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:

Tuesday evening classes meet from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and many will be held via Zoom. Field trips will be limited to groups of 10 observing social distancing and masking recommendations.

To obtain certification, each trainee must attend at least twelve of the thirteen classes. For reference, here’s the class schedule for 2022.

Date Unit Topic Speaker
2/1 Introduction to Texas Master Naturalist Sam Kieschnick
5 and Ecosystem Concepts Sam Kieschnick
2/8 4 Ecological Regions of Texas Dan Northcut
2/15 6 Ecosystem Management Rachel Richter
 2/15 21 And Urban Ecosystems Brett Johnson
2/22 7 & 8 Geology and Effects of Weather and Climate Dan Northcut
3/1 20 Prairie Ecology and Management Brandon Belcher
 3/8 17 Forest Ecology and Management Rick Travis & Ben Sandifer
3/15 15 Herpetology – Amphibians Jessie Crowley
15 Herpetology – Snakes K.C. Rudy
3/22 10 Taxonomy Sam Kieschnick
16 and Mammalogy Sam Kieschnick
3/29 Volunteer Management System (VMS) Review Laura Kimberly
14 & 18 and Aquatic Ecology and Ichthyology Joe Mruzek
4/5 13 Entomology Dr. Adam Mitchell
4/12 12 Ornithology Dr. Tania Homayoun
4/19 11 Botany Tiana Rehman
4/26 22 Citizen Science 2nd Sam Kieschnick
24 and Laws Ethics Regulations Sam Kieschnick

Field Trip topics and locations: 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. This is the schedule for 2021 for reference.

DATE LOCATION TIME
FOREST (These are examples of possible trips)
all Spring Creek Preserve 1-4 PM
dates Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center 9 – Noon
yet to be Spring Creek Preserve 9 – Noon
determined Fritz Buckeye Trail 1-4 PM
(Rain Date for Fritz Buckeye Trail) 1-4 PM
PRAIRIE
tbd Lewisville Lake Env Learning Area 9-Noon
Connemara Prairie 1-4 PM
Clymer Meadow 9-Noon
WETLANDS
tbd John Bunker Sands 9-Noon
Trinity River Audubon Center 1-4 PM
John Bunker Sands 9-Noon

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

For more information on joining the North Texas Master Naturalist chapter, contact: Sue Matkin, New Class Director at newclass@ntmn.org

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, please email education@ntmn.org

Download our 2022 Member recruitment flyers here and here. And in Spanish here and here.

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