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Texas Master Naturalist
Hays County Chapter

...dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our communities.


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Thank you for visiting our website. We hope that these pages will answer most of the questions you might have about the Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program™. To get a better idea about our activities and programs, please feel free to browse the Members section of this site. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

July Chapter Meeting

Thursday, July 26, 6:30-8:30 pm
2101 Freeman Ranch Rd (map)

Guest Speaker: (Our own) LaRay Geist (aka Talon Dancer)
"How We Got to Now -- in the Hill Country")

The presentation will borrow heavily from recent posts in the HayMN Forum.
But it will include new images, maps, aerial photos and material about
Texas Land Grants, etc. Time allowing, we'll show a time lapse video of
aerial photos of "Master Naturalist Valley" from 1953-2017.

Dinner: 6:30 pm
Program: 7:00-8:00
Approved for 1 hour of Advanced Training

Summer Reunion, August 11
10:00 am - 1:15 pm
Dripping Springs Ranch Park

Michelle Camara has rehabilitated  animals for over 30 years and is the founder of Southern Wildlife Rehab in San Antonio. She has graciously agreed to present at our Summer Reunion on August 11th. 

Some highlights she will cover include: 

*How to peacefully coexist with wildlife 

*What to do if you find an injured animal

*Antidotes of wildlife rehabilitation and release

*Education Ambassadors will accompany her for up close and personal interaction!

Here’s a link to their website for more details:

New Web Site for Nature Lovers

Hays County Master Naturalists have a new "external" website, available for Hays County residents who want to find out more about the natural environment of the Texas Hill Country. There are many informative articles covering the general topics of water, plants and landscapes, wildlife and insects, as well as conservation and restoration. Go to the web site, beautifulhayscounty.org, and share the news about it with your friends!

Speakers Bureau

Presentations Available: As part of our mission to provideducation dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our communities, the Hays County Master Naturalists are happy to offer a range of short presentations to any organization interested in learning more about how we all interact with nature.

Current topics (See details):
• Xeric Native Plants
• Living with deer
• Take back the night
• Edible wild plants
• Oak wilt
• Feral hogs
• Poisonous plants & animals
• Those pesky insects
• Protecting and Conserving Our Water Resources
• Climate 101: the essential facts about climate change and what you can do

Any group that would like a short talk and slide show on any of these topics can schedule a presenter free of charge. For more information, or to schedule a presenter, contact us at outreach@haysmn.org at least 6 weeks prior to your event or meeting.

HaysMN Program Overview

The Hays County chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program is dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our communities through the formation of a corps of trained volunteers. To achieve these goals, the Hays County Master Naturalist (HCMN) chapter provides training and volunteer opportunities to individuals who wish to learn about and promote the sustainable use, conservation, and maintenance of our natural resources and who afterward are willing to continue serving as volunteers in such endeavors. The program is presented through a collaborative effort of professionals from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and other organizations, as well as past students of the Master Naturalist Program. HCMN is a chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program, a statewide organization sponsored jointly by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

To gain the designation of a Texas Master Naturalist, you must participate in an approved chapter training program with a minimum of 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction, obtain 8 contact hours of approved advanced training, and complete 40 hours of volunteer service. Upon starting the initial training program, you have a maximum of fifteen months in which to complete your 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training. To retain the Texas Master Naturalist title during each subsequent year, volunteers must complete 8 additional hours of advanced training and provide an additional 40 hours of volunteer service. Back to Welcome

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