Initial Training

Class of 2022 Initial Training

State minimum training requirements include 40 hours of combined classroom and field experiences designed to introduce Members-in-Training to the ecosystems of the Mid-Coast Chapter area. The intent of the training is to provide Members-in-Training with the information, tools, and skills they need to teach this information to others. In addition, major components of State TMN curriculum are introduced. Note: The Class of 2022 is now full—applicants are being wait-listed in order of application

Dates and times are subject to change. Any individual session schedule and agenda updates will be provided to class members as each session approaches, but last-minute changes may need to be made; historically, we have needed to reschedule field sessions due to weather.  

Introduction & Orientation
Jan 29, 10:00 am-3:00 pm—Bauer Exhibit Building, Port Lavaca
TMN & Mid-Coast Chapter history, Why Master Naturalists are needed, Initial Training Requirements, Introduction to Volunteering, Member Volunteering Experiences, Using the Volunteer Management System and Chapter website This session is critical.

Geology and Ecozones
Feb 3, 5:30-7:30 pm—Virtual via Zoom

  • Geology of the World
  • Texas Geology
  • Texas Ecological Regions

Archaeology and Early Texans
Feb 5, 10:00 am–3:00 pm—Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria

  • Introduction to regional cultural history and archaeology
  • Tour of the museum
  • Overview of citizen archaeology work
  • Volunteering opportunities

Interpreting Nature
Feb 17, 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual) and
Feb 19, 10:00 am–3:00 pm Goose Island State Park, Rockport area

  • Overview of Interpretation—How to present what you know
  • Interpretation Theory
  • Preparation and Message Delivery–Tips & Techniques
  • Volunteering opportunities

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology
Mar 3, 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual) and
Mar 5, 10:00 am–3:00 pm—Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Austwell area

  • Introduction to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and volunteering opportunities
  • Introduction to iNaturalist and eBird
  • Tour of the Refuge as presented to visitors
  • Nature Journaling/Taking Field Notes
  • Learning to use a plant key on Heron Flats Trail

Upland Ecology, Birds, Soils, & Rangeland

Mar 24, 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual) and
Mar 26, 7:15 am (at the gate)-3:00 pm Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton area

    • Bird identification, mist-netting, and birding
    • Systems approach to understanding a landscape in transition: soils and vegetation
    • Overview & tour of Welder Wildlife Foundation: soils, plant communities, habitats, rangeland succession
    • Volunteering opportunities

Bay & Wetland Ecologies
Mar 31, 6:00-8:00 pm (virtual) and
Apr 2, 9:00 am-3:45 pm Boggy Nature Park, Port O’Connor

  • Introduction to Estuaries and Bay Systems
  • Bay Birds
  • Coastal Fisheries and Ecosystems Management
  • Texas Water Law and Water Use
  • Field Work in an Estuarine System

Riverine & Riparian Ecology
Apr 7, 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual) and
Apr 9, 10:00 am-3:00 pm—Fennessey Ranch, Refugio area

  • Riverine Ecosystems
  • Riparian Ecosystems
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Barrier Island Ecology
Apr 21, 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual) and
Apr 23, 10:00 am-3:00 pm—Mustang Island State Park, Port Aransas area

  • Overview of Gulf Beach Ecology
  • Geology & Ecology of an Island
  • Geologic Processes and Future of Texas Coast and Barrier Islands
  • Barrier Flats and Salt Marsh Ecology/Geology
  • Plants of a Barrier Island
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology
May 19, 6:00-8:00 pm (virtual) and
May 21, 9:00 am-3:00 pm Mad Island Marsh Preserve, Palacios area

  • Overview of Mad Island Marsh Preserve
  • Saltwater Marsh Ecology
  • Freshwater Marsh Ecology
  • Prairie Grassland Ecology
  • Volunteer Opportunities

The Importance of Native Plants & Graduation

Jun 2, 5:30-7:30 pm (virtual) and
Jun 4, 9:00 am-3:00 pm Barnhart Ranch, Goliad area

  • Importance of Native Plants in Mid-Coast Ecologies
  • Plant Identification on a local Nature Trail
  • Graduation of the Class of 2022 Members-in-Training

Mid-Coast TMN-Related Optional Activities

  • Mid-Coast Chapter Meeting & Advanced Training—Sat, Feb 12, 10:00 am;
    format & location TBD
  • Mid-Coast Virtual Board of Directors Meeting—Sat, Apr 9, 10:00 am; location TBD
  • Mid-Coast Virtual Chapter Meeting & Advanced Training—Sat May 14, 10:00 am;
    format & location TBD

Not a member?

If you live in our area and think the Mid-Coast Chapter might be for you, check out the Join Us! page, and submit your Application.

Don’t live in our area?
Check out the State Texas Master Naturalist website and find a chapter near you!

Membership in the Chapter is open to qualifying individuals regardless of race, age (must be 18 years of age or older), sex, religion, disability, or national origin.