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October Chapter Meeting
Social Time and Light Supper: 6:30 p.m.
Be a Star! Earn the Nature, Neighbor, and Night-Skies Friendly Lighting Awardfont>
The BE A STAR Award rewards landowners who contribute to conservation efforts by protecting the night sky. The program encourages landowners to evaluate and possibly modify their outdoor lighting so as to keep the light they need while eliminating glare, light trespass and excess light on their property.
Landowners earning the award will receive an attractive yard sign and window decal to to show they have reviewed and, if necessary, modified their lighting to consider nature, their neighbors, and our shared view of the night sky. Every light counts in the quest to reduce light pollution!
Submit your application prior to October 1st, 2016 to have the award presented to you in person at the Texas Master Naturalist State Meeting. Note on your application that you will attend the presentation on Sunday morning, October 23rd. The yard sign and window decal will be mailed to non-attendees or applicants whose paperwork is submitted after the October 1st deadline.
Attend the "Be A Star" session at the State Meeting to learn how your MN Chapter can encourage people to apply for the award.
Great presentation, fun, food
Hays County Chapter Awards for 500+ hours of service during 2015 were presented to (pictured above, l to r: Susan Neill, Dick McBride, Cindy Luongo Cassidy and Tom Watson. Tom Watson (pictured alone) was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, signed by President Barack Obama, for his "lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service." Tom has contributed over 4,000 hours of service through the Hays Master Naturalist program.
Many groups supported by the Hays Master Naturalist chapter informed members about their projects and signed up interested volunteers.
4th of July Parade in Wimberley
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.
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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
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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