Initial Training

Initial Training | Mid-Coast Ecology | Interpreting Nature | Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology
Bay Ecology | Barrier Island Ecology | Upland Ecology | Riverine Ecology |
Near-shore Invertebrates & Graduation

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

 Initial Training—Saturday February 4, 2017
(& Chapter covered-dish luncheon)

8:30 to 3:45 pm, Bauer Building, Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Port Lavaca—Directions

How to Make Observations and Take Field Notes
Early Texans
Texas Geology & Ecological Regions
What’s on Your CD
Volunteering & Getting Credit

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology—Saturday February 18, 2017

8:30 to 3:45 pm, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge—Directions to ANWR

Qualities of a Master Naturalist
Introduction to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Flora and Fauna of Black Jack Peninsula; Exploring ANWR Ecology
Volunteer Projects at ANWR

Interpreting Nature—Saturday March 4, 2017

9:00 to 4:30 pm, Aquarium at Rockport Harbor—Directions to ARH

Interpretation Theory
Message Delivery
Illustrative Techniques and Program Delivery
Informal Interpretation
Practical Interpretation
Volunteer interpretation projects

Coastal Prairie and Wetland Ecology—Saturday, March 11, 2017

9:00 to 4:00 pm, Mad Island Marsh Preserve—Directions to Mad Island

Overview & Coastal Prairies & Wetlands
Saltwater Marsh Ecology: Intertidal Plant Collection & Identification
Lunch, The Nature Conservancy & Mad Island Marsh Preserve Overview
Freshwater Marsh Ecology: Netting & Plant Sampling
Prairie Grassland Ecology: Plant Collection & Identification
Evaluations & Wrap Up
Volunteer Projects

Bay Ecology—Saturday April 8, 2017

8:45 to 4:30 pm—Aquarium at Rockport Harbor & the R/V Archimedes

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

Barrier Island Ecology—Saturday, April 22, 2017

8:00 to 4:30 pm, 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
Volunteer Projects on Matagorda Island

Upland Ecology—Saturday May 6, 2017

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

Introduction to Welder Wildlife Foundation
Bird Identification and Mist-Netting
Bird Identification continued
Woody Plant Keying and Identification
Tour of refuge with discussion of soils, plant communities, habitats, demonstration of rangeland succession
A Systems Approach to Understanding a Landscape in Transition:
Soil Formation
Soils of the Coastal Bend – how they are formed
Soils and Vegetation – how are they related
Overview of Succession
Volunteering at Welder

(Rainy-day activity: South Texas Rangeland Ecology Summary & Brushland succession activity)

Riverine & Riparian Ecology—Saturday May 13, 2017

9:00 to 2:30 pm—Fennessey Ranch—Directions

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

Native Plants/Graduation/Chapter Social—Saturday June 3, 2017

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

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