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June 13, 2019

Master Naturalist program

The Texas Master Naturalist program is designed to develop a corp 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. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve as sponsors for the program. 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
To become a certified Master Naturalist a trainee must complete the following:

  • Complete an organized training program sponsored by a Master Naturalist chapter that involves a minimum of 40 hours of instruction composed of both classroom and field experiences.
  • Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of approved advanced training.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service.

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