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TPWD News Release — July 11, 2012

Master Naturalist Program Seeks Applicants

AUSTIN — Seven chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program have scheduled summer and fall training classes for volunteers wanting to learn about natural resource and conservation management.

With 44 chapters state-wide, the Texas Master Naturalist program aims to develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers who educate their communities about the management of natural resources.  The main qualification needed to become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist is an interest in learning and playing an active part in conservation.

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

Enrollment is limited in most chapters and some registration deadlines are fast approaching. Chapters offering volunteer training this summer and fall include:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife Extension co-sponsor the Texas Master Naturalist Program.  For more information about existing chapters or forming a new chapter contact Michelle Haggerty, Texas Master Naturalist Program Coordinator, 309 Sidney Baker South, Kerrville, TX 78028. Call (830)896-2504 or email: mhaggerty@ag.tamu.edu.  Additional information about the Texas Master Naturalist program is available at http://txmn.org.

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