Doc demonstrates how to use a ghost-shrimp pump to learn about critters that live in the swash zone

Join the Mid-Coast Chapter!

Note: The Class of 2022 is now full—applicants are being wait-listed in order of application.

Want to spend time in nature getting your feet wet and your hands dirty while learning and doing in activities that benefit the natural world? Thank you for your interest in becoming a Texas Master Naturalist with the Mid-Coast Chapter. Here are the steps to certification as a Texas Master Naturalist:

  1. Fill out the application.
  2. Submit a payment of $150 to cover the cost of books and materials and partially offset the costs of speakers and water transportation. The remainder of training costs are paid by the Chapter.
  3. Complete a minimum of 40 of the more than 50 hours of initial training that are offered. To see what your training will be like, see Initial Training. This training is divided between class work and hands-on field work, often at nature preserves that are not open to the general public. It will include boat trips, nature walks, plant and bird identification, and marine life study. Classes will be held approximately two Saturdays per month, February through May. Training begins with a complimentary potluck lunch provided by Mid-Coast Texas Master Naturalists, and their testimonials about the volunteer opportunities they enjoy.
  4. Over the next year after initial training, you will complete certification as a Texas Master Naturalist, choosing 8 hours of Advanced Training (AT) from interesting possibilities and completing your choice of 40 hours of Volunteer Service (VS) that provide “education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within your community. (our mission)”

No tests! We are here to help you succeed.

Volunteers preparing to do a phytoplankton sample
Future birder and telescope - getting kids into nature
Linda releases an indigo bunting after banding
Seining to learn critters in the Gulf

Want more information?

Our For Members page shows the Mid-Coast Chapter in action, with links to our Calendar, various Trusted Resources, and current opportunities for both Advanced Training and Volunteer Service. The Chapter page is the structure of our organization, it’s governing documents, frequently asked questions and more. See our most recent newsletter. You can Contact Us to get any additional questions answered!

Ready to join? Fill out an application!

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