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.

Next Chapter Meeting
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
101 West Spoke Hill Road, Wimberley
6:30-8:30 p.m
Speaker: William Runyon from CoCoRaHs
(Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network)

It's Application Time for 2017 Training Class

The Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists will begin accepting applications on December 1, 2016 for the 2017 training class and are due no later than January 6, 2017.  Please refer to the Texas A&M Extension agent for Hays County for additional details.

The training program will span approximately eight months and begins in February and finishes in October, allowing you to take advantage of seasonal environmental changes. Ten of the classes will be held on Tuesday evenings (6-9:30 p.m.) and two on Saturday mornings (9-12:00 noon).  You are also required to attend two site visits of five that will be scheduled to complete the instructional portion of the program.  Five optional field trips are also scheduled at sites throughout Hays County. There will be an optional Social meeting on January 31 with the first class on February 7, 2017 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1253 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos.  You will be required to attend all classes or make up any missed classes in order to graduate.  You may make up no more than two class meetings and still graduate with your class.  

The total cost for the program is $175.00. A deposit of $25 must accompany the application.  The remainder of the tuition may be paid in full with the application, at the first class, or you may pay $100.00 at the first class and the balance by the class in June.  There are three scholarships available for Hays County residents, each for $100.00.  Information about the scholarships is included with the application. 

In order to complete your application process, you must submit an application, a liability release, and your deposit of $25 (to be refunded if you are not accepted into the class).  If you are applying for one of the scholarships, this must accompany your application as well.  All application materials should be submitted to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 1253 Civic Center Loop, San Marcos, Texas 78666.

Applicants are accepted into the program in the order that the applications are received, thus we urge you to get your application in as early as possible!  We look forward to you joining our classes!

Master Naturalists Honored at 2016 Gala

Welcome to our new Master Naturalists,
the Ravens of 2016!

Class List

Several Hays Master Naturalist members were honored
for their work in chapter activities.

Cindy Luongo Cassidy and Tom Hausler honored for 2500 hours of service

Susan Neill, Beverly Gordon, Chris Middleton and Jean Richmond
honored for 1000 hours of service

Gerin Hood, Karen Archer and Larry Calvert honored for having
10 years of MN recertification

Photos by Art Arizpe

Full Listing of Awards, Recognition and 2017 Leaders

Hays Master Naturalists at Work at the
6th Annual Rainwater Revival

photos by Art Arizpe

Be a Star! Earn the Nature, Neighbor, and
Night-Skies Friendly Lighting Award

The BE A STAR Award rewards landowners who contribute to conservation efforts by protecting the night sky.
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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!

Your lights may already merit this award that is jointly administered by the Hays County Chapter Texas Master Naturalist and the Texas Section of the International Dark-Sky Association.

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.

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

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    Project approval request
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    Chapter Awards
    Operating handbook
    Mgmt Guidelines (pdf)

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    Texas MN Program
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