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TPWD News Release — June 22, 2011

Master Naturalist Program Offers Fall Classes for Volunteers

AUSTIN – Thirteen chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program will hold fall courses to train natural resource conservation volunteers across the state.

The program’s 42 chapters aim to develop a corps of well-informed citizen volunteers who educate communities in the management of natural resources. Interested applicants to the program need only an interest in learning and playing and active part in conservation. Volunteers receive around 40 hours of training from educators and specialist from 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 as a Master Naturalist in community education, demonstration and habitat enhancement projects. Master Naturalists also pursue a minimum of eight hours a year in advanced training in areas of their choice.

The next training session through the program begins this fall. Chapters offering fall courses are listed below. Some chapter registration deadlines may have passed. Applicants are advised to contact their chapter of interest for availability.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas AgriLife 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, 111Nagle Hall, 2258, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2258, call (979)458-1099 or email: sarnold@ag.tamu.edu.

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