Master naturalists program seeks people who enjoy the outdoors

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Are you the kind of person that when someone yells “snake!” you run towards the screamer to identify the lovely creature?

Would you rather be outside than indoors even in this hot August weather?

Do you love learning about the natural world and all the subjects it has to offer: entomology, geology, botany, meteorology, ornithology, and the list goes on?

The master naturalists program might just be the perfect fit for you!

Come learn more about this program at the 2014 Master Naturalist Trainee Class Roundup on Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2200 N. Bell Ave., Denton.  The roundup is an opportunity to talk to current master naturalists and ask questions. Come for lunch and learn more about this volunteer program and view exhibits displaying many of the ongoing Elm Fork Chapter community projects.

The Elm Fork chapter is the local chapter which serves Denton, Cooke and Wise counties.They are currently recruiting for their newest training class which begins in September and is a 60-hour training course on the region’s natural features and the impact that people have on nature.

The course includes presentations by biologists, geologists, naturalists, and others from local, state, and federal agencies and universities. To become a certified master naturalist, you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training during the first 12 months following the completion of the course (to be completed before your course’s graduation anniversary date). The course costs $150 and applications are due on Aug. 21.

The Texas Master Naturalists program was created to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts.

The application, course curriculum and more information about the master naturalists program can be found at or by calling 940-349-2883.

Educational programs conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin. Janet Laminack, county extension agent in horticulture with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office in Denton County, can be reached at [email protected], 940-349-2883 or metro 972-434-8812

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