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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.
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AgriLife Office, San Marcos
Master Naturalists Honored at 2016 Gala
Welcome to our new Master Naturalists,
Several Hays Master Naturalist members were honored
Photos by Art Arizpe
Hays Master Naturalists at Work at the
Be a Star! Earn the Nature, Neighbor, and
The BE A STAR Award rewards landowners who contribute to conservation efforts by protecting the night sky.
Landowners earning the award will receive an attractive yard sign and window decal to to show they have reviewed and, if necessary, modified their lighting to consider nature, their neighbors, and our shared view of the night sky. Every light counts in the quest to reduce light pollution!
Submit your application prior to October 1st, 2016 to have the award presented to you in person at the Texas Master Naturalist State Meeting. Note on your application that you will attend the presentation on Sunday morning, October 23rd. The yard sign and window decal will be mailed to non-attendees or applicants whose paperwork is submitted after the October 1st deadline.
Attend the "Be A Star" session at the State Meeting to learn how your MN Chapter can encourage people to apply for the award.
Presentations Available: As part of our mission to provide education 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org at least 6 weeks prior to your event or meeting.
HaysMN Program Overview
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
Current issue (pdf)
2017 class schedule
AT opportunity category definitions
Program approval request
Vol. opportunity category definitions
Online reporting of hours (VMS)
Approved projects (pdf)
Project approval request
Rainfall monitoring project
Officers and chairs
Mgmt Guidelines (pdf)
Sites of Interest
Texas MN Program
Internet Resources List
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