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TPWD News Release — Dec. 14, 2009

Texas Master Naturalist Program Seeks Applicants

Training Classes Offered Across the State January-March

Austin, Texas — Thirteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program have announced training classes across the state starting January through March for volunteers who want to learn about and help conserve natural resources.

The Texas Master Naturalist program, now with 38 chapters, aims to develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers who can help educate their communities about the management of natural resources. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas Cooperative Extension co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program statewide.

The main qualification needed to become a certified Texas Master Naturalist is a desire to learn and play an active part in conservation. Volunteers receive about 40 hours of training from educators and specialists from places 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 are also expected to pursue a minimum of eight hours of advance training in areas of personal interest.

Texas Master Naturalist Chapters offering volunteer training beginning in January 2010 are listed alphabetically by city below with contact information. Enrollment is limited in most chapters. Some chapter registration deadlines may have passed but applicants may contact the chapter to see if seating is still available.

For more information about existing Texas Master Naturalist chapters or forming a new chapter contact Assistant Program Coordinator Sonny Arnold, 111Nagle Hall, 2258, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2258, or reach him at sarnold@ag.tamu.edu or (979) 458-1099.

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