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.

October 2017 Chapter Meeting

Thursday, October 26
Freeman Ranch
2101 Freeman Ranch Road, San Marcos
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

"Star Party"
Members from the Austin Astronomical Society

2017 Graduation and Gala
Saturday, November 11, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Wimberley Community Center
14068 Ranch Road 12, Wimberley

Join us on November 11 for our annual Hays Master Naturalist chapter gala. We will be watching as the 2017 Nighthawks class receives their pins, shirts and certificates. We will also elect our officers for 2018, present some awards and hear a few brief committee reports.

Our dinner will be catered by Miss Red's Place in Buda (cranberry pork loin with all the trimmings; vegetarian plates will be available). Please consider bringing a bottle of wine for the wine bar to share. Iced tea, coffee and water will be provided.

The cost of the gala for everyone except our honorees, the 2017 training class, is $20. Please pay with check or cash at the door. You can also pay your 2018 dues at that time ($20).

RESERVATION DEADLINE: Please e-mail or call 512-847-7190 no later than SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 with your reservation and the names of any guests you will be bringing.

Come celebrate with us!

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

October Newsletter

Members in the News

Cindy Louong Cassidy has been honored by the International Dark Sky Association as the winner of the 2017 Chapter Leadership Award.

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


    Current issue (pdf)


Training program
    2017 class schedule
Advanced training
    AT opportunity category definitions
    Program guidelines
    Approved opportunities
    Program approval request

    Vol. opportunity category definitions
    Project guidelines
    Volunteer screening
    Online reporting of hours (VMS)
    Approved projects (pdf)
    Project approval request
    Rainfall monitoring project

    Officers and chairs
    Chapter Awards
    Operating handbook
    Mgmt Guidelines (pdf)

    Sites of Interest
    Texas MN Program
    Internet Resources List
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