Texas Master Naturalist
Hays County Chapter

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

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.

July Chapter Meeting

Thursday, July28
Speaker: Bill Brooks
"The Snake Whisperer"
Texas Parks & Wildlife "Learn to Fish" program
Bastrop and Buescher State Parks
"The Reptiles (and a Few Amphibians) of Central Texas"

McCoy Corporate Offices
1350 IH 35 North, San Marcos
Social Time: 6:30-6:50 pm
Brief Chapter Meeting: 6:50 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm

2016 Annual Social

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016

Dripping Springs Ranch Park
1042 Event Center Drive
(1.7 miles north of the RR12/290 intersection; on the left,
across from Dripping Springs Elementary School)

Come out ane enjoy time with your fellow Master Naturalists, friends and families. Find out about volunteer opportunities and talk with coordinators about their projects' impact on Hays County.

Enjoy a delicious lunch of crepes preparted by Crepe Crazy, the food hit of the night at the Night Sky Festival. There will be salads to go along with the crepe of your choice, as well as dessert and drinks. Lunch cost will be $10 per person, payable at the door.

Our speaker will be Michael Warriner of TPWD on the subject "Native Bees of Texas." The talk is approved for one hour of Advanced Training credit.

The program will begin at 10:30. There will be door prizes; donations are appreciated.

You must make a reservation for yourself and any guests. Watch your e-mail for information on making the reservation.

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.

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

July Newsletter

U.S. Drought Monitor


    Current issue (pdf)


Training program
    2016 class schedule

Advanced training
    AT opportunity category definitions
    Program guidelines
    Approved opportunities
    Program approval request

    Vol. opportunity category definitions
    Project guidelines
    Volunteer screening
    Online reporting of hours (VMS)
    Approved projects (pdf)
    Project approval request
    Rainfall monitoring project

    Officers and chairs
    Chapter Awards
    Operating handbook
    Mgmt Guidelines (pdf)

    Sites of Interest
    Texas MN Program
    Internet Resources List
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