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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.

Applications available starting November 27, 2017

Have you wanted to learn more about nature and wildlife in this area? Have you seen a bird or plant and wondered what it is? Are you trying to develop your property in an ecologically responsible manner? Then the Hays County offering of the Texas Master Naturalist Training Program is for YOU!

The Hays County Master Naturalist Chapter is accepting applications November 27, 2017 – January 5, 2018 from Hays County residents for the 2018 TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING PROGRAM held from February - October 2018.
The program covers natural resource management, geology, water systems, birds, insects and mammals of Texas and much more. The program includes:

  • Classroom instruction and hands-on activities;
  • Class locations rotated between Wimberley, San Marcos, Dripping Springs and Kyle;
  • Ten classes held on Tuesday evenings, 6-9:30PM;
  • Speakers who are experts in their fields;
  • Two classes in the field on Saturday mornings;
  • Five site visits to local properties to view habitats, ecological diversity, and to identify plants and animals;
  • Various area field trips and guided nature & bird walks; 
  • Opportunities to volunteer in over 50 projects throughout Hays County.

Hays County residents have priority. Class size is limited and applications are accepted based on date received. Program is offered only one time per year.

COST : $175.  Application must be accompanied by $25 deposit, which goes toward the total cost of the course. Some scholarships are available.
APPLICATION PERIOD : November 27, 2017 - January 5, 2018.

Congratulations to the Training Class Graduates of 2017!

Wimberley Outdoor Educators at Work

Master Naturalists volunteer at various sites to teach school children about nature and the need to protect the environment. Here, Keith Collignon and Tom Jones talk to students from Danforth Junior High about water issues.

Learning and Fun at the Texas State MN Meeting
Corpus Christi, October 2017

Lance Jones, Jane Dunham, Lauren Young, Peggy Wilfong, Deb Bradshaw and Dick McBride, with Mary O'Hara holding the Hays County MN sign, were among the 11 Hays MNs who attended the state meeting in October. Lance was honored at the meeting for reaching the 2,500-hour milestone of service hours, and Dick was honored for reaching the 4,000-hour level.

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

U.S. Drought Monitor


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    Project approval request
    Rainfall monitoring project

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    Chapter Awards
    Operating handbook
    Mgmt Guidelines (pdf)

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    Texas MN Program
    Internet Resources List
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