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 Chapter Meeting
"Discovering Populations & Documenting Change for Conservation"
Dr. Tania Homayoun,Texas Nature Trackers Biologist, TPWD
September 27, 2018
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
101 W Spoke Hill in Wimberley
6:30pm dinner & announcements
Goodwill donations are greatly appreciated to cover our food costs!
Approved for 1 hour AT:
TPWD’s Texas Nature Trackers (TNT), part of the Wildlife Diversity Program, tracks the status of wild populations of plants and animals throughout the state. This presentation will introduce the Texas Nature Trackers program and how it uses iNaturalist to support the Wildlife Diversity Program's conservation work on Species of Greatest Conservation Need across the state.
New Web Site for Nature Lovers
||Hays County Master Naturalists have a new "external" website, available for Hays County residents who want to find out more about the natural environment of the Texas Hill Country.
There are many informative articles covering the general topics of water, plants and landscapes, wildlife and insects, as well as conservation and restoration. An additional "Wildlife Resources" page provides many useful links.
Go to the web site, beautifulhayscounty.org, and share the news about it with your friends!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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