Below is information from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website to become a Texas Master Naturalist. If you love nature and the outdoors, this program is for you.
Texas Master Naturalists not only get their feet wet and their hands dirty, but while doing so they spend time in a natural setting, learn about different plant and animal species, and maybe even find something new: one member, in fact, discovered a new plant species.
To become a Texas Master Naturalist, each volunteer:
- Master Naturalist Trainees must successfully complete an approved training program with at least 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction though a Texas Master Naturalist Chapter
- after completing the training above, to become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist, the candidate donates at least 40 hours of volunteer service back to the state and community. Trainees can complete their 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training within a year after completion of their initial training.
- in subsequent years, the candidate must complete another 8 hours of advanced training and donates 40 hours of volunteer service to maintain their certification (or to re-certify) as a Texas Master Naturalist.
Each of the items about must be completed through a Texas Master Naturalist chapter. There are several chapters in the Houston area so look on the website below to find the one nearest to you.
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