Initial Training

Initial Training | Mid-Coast Ecology | Early Texans | Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology
Bay Ecology | Interpreting NatureBarrier Island Ecology | Upland Ecology | Riverine Ecology |
Importance of Native Plants  & Graduation

This schedule is subject to change in date, times, and content. Please check back.

Introduction & Orientation—Saturday February 3, 2018
(& Chapter covered-dish luncheon)

8:30 to 4:30, Bauer Building, Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Port Lavaca—Directions

State and Mid-Coast Organization
Need for and Qualities of a Master Naturalist
Using the Volunteer Management System
Texas Geology & Climate
Ecological Regions & Concepts
Wildlife Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology—Saturday February 17, 2018

8:30 to 4:00, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge—Directions to ANWR

Introduction to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Flora and Fauna of Black Jack Peninsula; Exploring ANWR Ecology
Field Notes and Journaling
Using Keys for Plant Identification 
Volunteer Projects at ANWR

Early Texans & Pioneer Naturalists—Saturday March 3, 2017

8:30 to 4:30, Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria—Directions to MCB

Early Texans
Pioneering Texas Naturalists
Archaeology

Coastal Prairie and Wetland Ecology—Saturday, March 10, 2018

8:00 to 4:00 pm, Mad Island Marsh Preserve—Directions to Mad Island

The Nature Conservancy & Mad Island Marsh Preserve Overview
Saltwater Marsh Ecology: Intertidal Plant Collection & Identification
Freshwater Marsh Ecology: Netting & Plant Sampling
Prairie Grassland Ecology: Plant Collection & Identification
Volunteer Projects at Mad Island

Bay Ecology—Saturday March 31, 2018

8:30 am to 4:30—Aransas County AgriLife Extension Office, Texas State Aquarium & the R/V Archimedes

Benthic Communities
Water Quality
Phytoplankton
Flora and Fauna of the South Texas Bay Ecosystem aboard R/V Archimedes
Wetland Education Center & Volunteer Projects

Interpreting Nature—April 14, 2018

8:30 am to 4:30—Location TBD

Interpreting Nature to Meet the TMN Mission

  • Interpretation Theory
  • Practical Application
  • Techniques, Tips, and Tricks

Barrier Island Ecology—Saturday, April 21, 2018

8:00 to 4:30, Matagorda Island—Directions to catch the boat at the TPWD Coastal Fisheries Facility at the end of 16th Street in Port O’Connor

Introduction to Matagorda Island
Surf and Shore Ecology
Dune Ecology
Bayside Ecology

Upland Ecology—Saturday May 5, 2018

8:00 to 5:00, Welder Wildlife Refuge—Directions to Welder

Introduction to Welder Wildlife Foundation
Bird Identification and Mist-Netting
Soils, plant communities, habitats, demonstration of rangeland succession
Mammals of the Upland Ecology
Volunteering at Welder

Riverine & Riparian Ecology—Saturday May 12, 2018

9:00 to 3:00—Fennessey Ranch—Directions

Riverine Fauna – Collection and Identification
Riparian Ecology- Plant Identification
Texas Water Law
Volunteer Projects

Native Plants/Graduation/Chapter Social—Saturday June 2, 2018

9:00 to 2:00 pm—Coleto Creek Reservoir & Park —Directions

Plant Identification Walk
Importance of Native Plants in Mid-Coast Ecologies
Chapter Social/Pot Luck Lunch
Graduation

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