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.

    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.

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