Texas Master Naturalist

Location: STATEWIDE, Texas

Since 1997, the Texas Master Naturalist program has grown to include 46 chapters and more than 10,800 volunteers serving Texas communities throughout 76 percent of the state’s counties. The mission of the program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas.

Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts. The Texas Master Naturalist program requires trainees to complete a comprehensive training program in addition to 40 hours of volunteer service for the state and community, with continual re-certification volunteer requirements.

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