Sign Up Now to Become Lindheimer Texas Master Naturalist
Registration for Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter’s 2021 certification program opened online Thursday.
The annual class graduates 20 to 30 naturalists each year. To certify as a Texas Master Naturalist, trainees must complete the official curriculum by attending classes on archeology, ecology, land management, water resources, climate, plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and insects.
Experts will cover ecological concepts, archeology, botany, herpetology, ichthyology, geology, ornithology, entomology, mammalogy, native plants/xeriscaping, native grasses, weather and climate and Texas water resources.
All classes will be online while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.
The Lindheimer Chapter, named after naturalist Ferdinand Lindheimer, “father of Texas botany,” serves Comal County. Click here to see their website or to apply online. The chapter celebrated its 20th year in February.
In 2019,192 active members and trainees contributed 21,948 volunteer hours to 29 projects, reaching 25,483 county residents. Members also earned 3,062 advanced training hours.
This year Lindheimer master naturalists expect to exceed 200,000 volunteer hours of service, education and outreach as well as conservation, preservation and citizen science.
Volunteers work at Guadalupe River State Park, Honey Creek State Natural Area, Bracken Bat Cave Preserve, Texas Stream Team, butterfly garden and nature trails at Tye Preston Memorial Library, Panther Canyon and Canyon Lake Gorge.
The chapter also offers a free Program to Assist Landowners (PAL) to help property owners improve soil, attract birds and bees, use native plants and control invasive species.
Colette Nies, who recently completed training, is a certified Texas Master Naturalist in the Lindheimer Chapter. She said she signed up for classes after a friend shared her experiences in becoming a certified Texas Master Naturalist.
“Hours about all things ecology, wildlife and Texas urged me to look into my own Lindheimer Chapter,” she said. “And I did and learned, and am continuing to learn, so much and established fabulous friendships. They are starting a new class, so you too can get involved.”