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.

September 2017 Chapter Meeting

Thursday, September 28, 2017
McCoy Corporation headquarters
1350 IH 35 North
San Marcos, TX
Social and supper: 6:30 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.

Gordon Linam, Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
"Restocking Guadalupe Bass"

2017 Summer Reunion Social

The annual social gathering in August included an invitation to inactive members to join the fun. Here, four members of the Training Class of 2010 (Prickly Pears) gather to catch up with each other: David Boyd, Jean Richmond, Gordon Richmond and Marcy Boyd.

Training Classes gather under their respective posters to celebrate their MN experiences. Here, 2013 Texas Sages are, l to r: Mary Dow Ross, Keith Collignon, Irene Bonde, Roxana Donegan, Karen Boden, Shannon Du Plessis and Kruger Du Plessis.

Coordinators of MN volunteer projects bring materials to explain and promote their activities. Here, Dick McBride and Garry Child present the work at Charro Ranch Park to Karen McGraw.

Lauren Young dresses as a butterfly to increase interest in the Butterfly Festival at Emily Ann; President Beth Ramey presentes an award as Outstanding Hays MN Volunteer for 2016 to Helen Bowie, and Stephen Ramirez presents his award-winning video, "Land is My Life."

Photos by Dan Zinn and Jane Dunham

Missing any MN pins?

The Hays Master Naturalist chapter is working now to get pins to people who earned them but did not receive them, and to people who lost their pins in the floods of 2015. Check the page of Texas MN recertification pins and see if you are missing any you should have. Contact Jane Dunham to get those pins delivered to you.

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

August Newsletter

Member in the News

Hill Country View has a feature story, "Loving Nature through a Lens," this month. It is about Hays MN Tom Hausler and includes five of his excellent nature photos.

U.S. Drought Monitor


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