How to Join the Fun Experience of Being a North Texas Master Naturalist

Sam Kieschnick, chapter advisor and TPWD District 5 urban biologist, teaches on environmental ethics.

Interested in becoming a Texas Master Naturalist with the North Texas chapter? This short video will give you great insight into this enlightening experience.

Texas Master Naturalist program is sponsored by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Learn more about the program in this terrific brief video.

Applications can be obtained at our new class page and will be accepted through November 30, 2020. Because of Covid restrictions, class size is reduced from 50 to 30, making getting selected even more challenging. So read the info below first.

What Does it Entail?

Are you up to the Texas Master Naturalist challenge? Training begins March 2, 2021 and continues each Tuesday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and continues for 13 weeks through May 25, 2021. Class size is limited to 30 people.

  • 40 hours of study in online classroom sessions that will allow for student interaction — see the graphic below for specifics, or scroll down here.
  • class project (5 to 10 hours between February and May
  • homework (1 to 2 hours per week)
  • 3 field trips*

Within their first year, students will need to complete 40 hours of volunteer time and 8 hours of additional training.

Dana Wilson leads a student fieldtrip on tree identification.

*Students will attend live class field trips, plus other live small-group, outdoor, masked, socially-distanced events: nature walks, gatherings to see Master Naturalist projects, and opportunities to earn volunteer hours—all following current health guidelines.

How to Be Selected

Competition is stiff for the 30 spots. So starting thinking about how to make your application shine. Here are some sample questions from the application to consider:

  • What about the Master Naturalist program inspires your desire to apply and commitment to participate?
  • How do you plan to take what you learn in the class and apply it in your local community?
  • NTMN members at work at a chapter project at Lakewood Elementary.

  • From your work, student, volunteer, and life experience, what skills, knowledge, and abilities will lead to your success as a volunteer and as a North Texas Master Naturalist?
  • What is your favorite flora, fauna, or rock and why?

Priority is given to applicants who:

  • Are willing and available to devote time to volunteer service or are already volunteering.
  • Have a commitment to complete the rigorous coursework, homework, and field trips.
  • Express a willingness to serve in leadership roles.

Please join us! Go to the new class page and follow instructions carefully. We’ll be excited to see you out helping nature.

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