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Texas master naturalist




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

Blue Hole Regional Park Wimberley

Blue Hole Regional Park Wimberley

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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 information and links provided below. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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When: Thursday June 13th at 6:30pm
Where: Agri-Life Extension office
200 Stillwater Drive Wimberley, TX 78676


When: Thursday June 27 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. 101 W Spoke Hill in Wimberley.
6:30pm Dinner & Announcements
7:00pm Presentation

Jesse Huth - Subject - Top birding locations in Texas
Jesse Huth is a World-renowend Bird Guide

4th of July Parade and Rehearsal
VT Opportunity for FUN

Opportunity for FUN! Be a part of the award winning HCMN Kazoo Band in the Wimberley 4th of July Parade! We have been participating since 2006. It's that time again. The Wimberley 4th of July Parade is right around the corner, and our HCMN chapter is participating. The parade is on Thursday, July 4th, at 10 AM., and the route is about a mile long. Chapter members will walk in the parade and play kazoos, which will be available for you to buy for $1 at our rehearsal. (If you have not played one before, know that anyone can play a kazoo. You sort of hum into it.)

We have had tons of fun doing this in the past. It increases our visibility in the community, and you even get volunteer time for being a part of this event!! It's a win - win. Wear a fun sun hat or dress up. There have been some wild costumes in the past. If you play a musical instrument and would like do play that in the parade all the better. We have a support truck this year that we can decorate before we march. If you have any decorations that might work for a pick-em truck let me know.

We will have a rehearsal on Saturday, June 29th at 10 AM at the Pavilion at Blue Hole Park in Wimberley. Turn off of RR 3237 onto Blue Hole Rd and go to the dead end. Turn right and follow the loop around. (It's your only option) When you see the play- scape and basketball court on the left, the pavilion will be on the right.

If you are interested in being in the parade, and not signed up already, please let Dana Martensen know at

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Contact Bari Conley
Ag Extension

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We are teachers, guides, photographers, trainers, volunteers, videographers, bird experts, biologists, geologists, conservationists and neighbors who will help.  We are all trained volunteers living in Hays County.  We are Master Naturalists.


Jacobs Well Natural Area Restoration Rangers

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. 


2018 Training Class Butterfly Exercise, Freeman Ranch-San Marcos

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.


Click This Link to View 2019 Training Class Schedule

In the Hays County Master Naturalist training program, recognized experts in the field teach wildlife and conservation management, focusing their instruction on the native ecosystem of Hays County. Trainees in the program are required to attend classes, perform approved volunteer work, and attend advanced training in their areas of interest. The course gives trainees opportunities to learn about natural resource conservation, to meet and associate with others of similar interests, and to visit places in the county that they might otherwise never see.

A single class is offered each year, running from February through October.  Those interested in the 2020 class should contact


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