TPWD Print-Friendly Page: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/print.phtml?req=20060717e

Media Contact: Aaron Reed, 512-389-8046 [AR]

TPWD Website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us

TPWD News Release — July 17, 2006

Master Naturalist Program Seeks Applicants

AUSTIN, Texas — Fifteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are conducting fall training classes for volunteers wanting to help conserve our natural resources.

The Texas Master Naturalist program — with 35 chapters — develops a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers who educate local communities about the management of natural resources. The main qualification needed to become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist is an interest in learning and taking an active role in conservation.

Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours of training from educators and specialists representing organizations such as universities, agencies, nature centers and museums. Training topics include interpretation and management of natural resources, ecological concepts, eco-regions of Texas and natural systems management.

Volunteers are expected to give 40 hours of service a year in community education, demonstration and habitat enhancement projects. They also are expected to pursue a minimum of eight hours of advanced training in areas of personal interest.

Texas Master Naturalist Chapters offering volunteer training this fall are listed with contact information. Enrollment is limited in most chapters. If a deadline has passed contact the chapter to see if seating is still available.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Cooperative Extension co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program statewide. For more information about existing chapters or forming a new chapter contact Sonny Arnold, Assistant Program Coordinator, 111 Nagle Hall, 2258, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2258, call (979)458-1099 or Email: sarnold@ag.tamu.edu.

###

———
On the Net: