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Master Naturalists Accepting Applications for Fall Class
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • Posted June 19, 2014

The Texas Master Naturalist is a volunteer organization dedicated to learning about and protecting and conserving nature and our native habitat. The organization is sponsored by two state agencies, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The Master Naturalist mission statement is “To develop 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”.

To become a member of the Hill Country Chapter trainees must first attend 12 sessions of classes plus three field trips learning about all aspects of nature and land management. Then to become certified, 40 volunteer hours must be performed plus 8 hours of advanced training attended.

Classes, which are half–day sessions held at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, begin on Wednesday, August 20. Training topics include ecology, botany, zoology, hydrology, geology, ornithology, entomology, herpetology, grassland, woodland and riparian area management, land stewardship, native plants and animals.

Counties served by the Hill Country Chapter include Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr plus the western counties of Edwards, Real, Kimble, Mason and Menard. Volunteer opportunities include all local nature centers, state parks, Love Creek Preserve, plus numerous opportunities to educate others, both adults and children.

Here is your opportunity to become part of a group dedicated to the outdoors that

provides the opportunity to learn and serve, and to make friends that share your

enthusiasm for conservation and nature.

To learn more about the Hill Country Chapter, its 380 enthusiastic volunteers and our many projects, or to apply for this year’s class, visit our website http://txmn.org/hillcountry/. If you have questions, please contact Becky Etzler, Membership Director at hillcountrymasternaturalist@gmail.com or 830-285-1258.

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