Earn Master Naturalist Certification this Fall
“I certified in 2016. Going through the course and meeting the requirements awakened me to the pressing need to preserve the natural world, and to the wonder of this world if you search for it. Becoming a Texas Master Naturalist is one of the best things I’ve ever done, and staying active in the Lindheimer Chapter has brought me a great sense of achievement and satisfaction. I highly recommend this class.” – Marilyn McFarland
The Lindheimer Chapter Texas Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications through Aug. 31 for its 2019-2020 certification course.
Lindheimer Chapter trains approximately 30 master naturalists annually.
After an orientation meeting in October, students attend classes monthly for the next year, learning about ecological concepts, archeology, botany, herpetology, ichthyology, geology, ornithology, entomology, mammalogy, native plants and grasses/xeriscaping, weather/climate and water resources.
Students also attend at least two field trips (with the option for more) to areas such as Bracken Bat Cave, Canyon Lake Gorge, Bamberger Ranch and others. Classes are held at the Comal County AgriLife Extension Service Center on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. and are based on the Texas Master Naturalist.
After Texas Master Naturalist certification, students must provide at least 40 service hours and obtain eight advanced training hours annually to maintain certification.
There are over 75 approved projects. Advanced training hours are available from the chapter and other state agencies. Lindheimer Chapter has 169 members who provided 19,994 volunteer hours to Comal County in 2018.
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