Texas Master Naturalist
Hays County Chapter

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

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.

Texas Night Sky Festival, March 5

The Hays County Chapter is co-sponsoring the Texas Night Sky Festival to be held on March 5th, 2016 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park.

Participants will join in fun citizen-science activities, learn from engaging speakers and exhibits, see examples of good lighting for their home or business, view school projects and competition entries focused on protecting the night sky, feast at the food trucks, take home a book or work of art inspired by the night sky, earn a related scouting badge, or explore the stars.

Volunteers are needed both the day of the festival and the day before, when much of the set-up will occur. Friday volunteer slots fall between 10:00 and 5:00. On Saturday, volunteer slots are between 11:00 am and 10:00 pm. Most of the shifts will be two hours in length. Tasks include set up, errand running, parking assistance, golf cart driving, booth assistance, concession and welcome area assistance, and take-down/clean-up.

Further details and sign-up information will be sent out to all Hays MNs soon. Questions about volunteering? Please contact Jane Dunham, janedunham@me.com.

Congratulations to Two Hard-working Hays MNs!

The two Volunteers of the Year at Westcave Preserve are both HCMN members:

-- Ed Buresh, 120 hours (since April). He was awarded the Conservation Volunteer of the Year for 2015.
-- Susan Neill, 125.5 hrs. She was awarded the Education Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

Several other HCMNs have supported Westcave Preserve this past year as well.

Speakers Bureau

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.

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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