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2016 Master Naturalist Training Class
Registration for the Hays County Master Naturalist Class for 2016 begins December 1! As a Master Naturalist, you will join a corps of volunteers dedicated to the beneficial management of our natural resources and natural areas. Are you interested in our natural habitat – whether native plants and grasses; local geology; natural water systems; native birds, insects and mammals; our overall ecosystem? If so, you can enhance your knowledge of these areas and more by becoming a Certified Texas Master Naturalist. Students and graduates of this program volunteer for over 50 projects around Hays County such as Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, the Greenbelt Alliance in San Marcos, and Charro Ranch Park in Dripping Springs. You may be involved in anything from trail management to educating students about our natural habitat – you decide based on what interests you most.
The classes are held from February through November and are rotated throughout the county. Ten classes are on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. with dinner included. Two classes are held on Saturday mornings to allow part of the class to occur in the field. In addition to attending classes taught by recognized experts in their fields, you will participate in field trips to enhance your knowledge of local geology, range management and ecological diversity. You will also visit local properties to view and discuss different habitats and ecosystems.
The total cost for the program is $175 and there are a few scholarships for Hays County residents to reduce the cost to $75. Submit your application soon, since enrollment is limited. Click on the links below for an application orfor more information on becoming a Certified Texas Master Naturalist.
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Texas Night Sky Festival Photography Contest
The Hays County Chapter is co-sponsoring the Texas Night Sky Festival to be held on March 5th, 2016 at the Dripping Springs Ranch Park.
Participants will join in fun citizen-science activities, learn from engaging speakers and exhibits, see examples of good lighting for their home or business, view school projects and competition entries focused on protecting the night sky, feast at the food trucks, take home a book or work of art inspired by the night sky, earn a related scouting badge, or explore the stars.
The Festival includes a Photography Contest with cash prizes. Entries can be taken anywhere in Texas.
Please visit the contest web page at http://hcphotoclub.org/tnsf/ for complete information.
This is the event's and the photography contest's first year so please help us get the word out! The more entries we receive, the better the exhibition will be and will help us to better communicate the importance of preserving our dark skies.
The contest is co-sponsored by the Hill Country Photography Club, the Photographers of Dripping Springs, the City of Dripping Springs, and the International Dark-Sky Association - Texas Section.
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 email@example.com 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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