Congratulations to Graduates of Class of 2018

by Scott Guilbeaux on June 18, 2018

The Class of 2018 has completed their training for 2018, and many are already logging volunteer hours. According to Kris Kirkwood, this is one of the most active classes in the history of the Chapter. Congratulations to you all!

Graduates from left to right include Denise Crane, Gary Crane, Julie Hejducek, Debbie Kucera, Phoebe Wilson, Rob Snider, Sharon Snider, Vickie Wilson, Marilyn Stewart, Debbie Roskey and training co-chairs, Bob Cunningham and Bill Burge. Graduates not pictured include Adrian Rios, Gloria Rios, Debbie Dahms-Nelson, and Greg Nelson.

Opportunities at the Academy of Lifetime Learning

Mid-Coast Chapter Members are needed to teach classes or lead field trips at the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Victoria. For more information, see the following:



Calling All Chapter Members!

We need helpers for our first ever Junior Naturalist Kids Summer Camp for Victoria College June 25-28. It will be held at the beautiful Emerging Technology Center.

If you can assist one or more days, please let me know. We expect approximately 20 kids per day.

Thanks to co-coordinators: Rebecca Stapleton, Wilford Korth, and Dora Ann Hatch-Ortego

For More Information or to Volunteer Contact:

Brigid Berger (713) 825-1929


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Interpreting Nature

by Kris Kirkwood on March 5, 2018

By Phil Stapleton, certified Texas Master Naturalist

My wife, Rebecca, and I have always loved to visit the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.  It has been one of our favorite places to enjoy our beautiful south Texas coast.  Last year we started volunteering as interpretive guides on the Aransas Refuge.  As interpretive guides, we learned as much as possible about the refuge plants and wildlife so we could help visitors.  One of the most helpful books to learn about the refuge is The Guidebook to the Aransas Wildlife Refuge by Dr Wayne H McAlister & Martha McAlister. 

Our goal as interpretive guides is to help maximize the experience for as many visitors as we can.  With that in mind, we select areas of the refuge that will have the most possible visitors.  Heron Flats Trail, Jones Lake, and the Observation Tower are likely visitation spots.  Armed with spotting scope, binoculars, and nature journal, we settle down to let Mother Nature come to us.  Not surprising, if you spend several hours at the same locations every week, you really get to know the plants and animals of the seasons very intimately.  We learn where the green herons like to feed, where the whitetail hawks hunt, where the alligators spend their day, and other such interesting information.  Most visitors would briefly walk out to the observation platform without really seeing nature around them.  Without the encouragement to look and observe, the visiting public would miss a lot of the wildlife on the refuge. We feel we’ve accomplished our mission if guests leave with a new appreciation for the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

If you enjoy the outdoors and meeting people from all over the country and the world, maybe you would also enjoy being an interpretive guide.

Nurturing Future Master Naturalists

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