Initial Training

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.

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

Introduction & Orientation
Saturday February 2, 2019

  • TMN, characteristics of a Master Naturalist and why we need them
  • Texas geology and ecological regions
  • Chapter covered-dish luncheon with members talking about their favorite volunteer activities
  • Mid-Coast Chapter website, social media, and volunteer reporting

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

Archaeology Early People / Herpetology
Saturday February 16, 2019

  • Introduction to regional cultural history and archaeology
  • Tour Museum of the Coastal Bend
  • Overview of citizen archaeology work
  • Venomous Snakes of Texas

9:00 to 3:30, Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria – Directions to MCB

Upland Ecology
Saturday March 9, 2019

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

8:00 to 4:00, Welder Wildlife Refuge – Directions to Welder

Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology
Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • Overview of Mad Island Marsh Preserve
  • Saltwater Marsh Ecology
  • Freshwater Marsh Ecology
  • Prairie Grassland Ecology
  • How to use iNaturalist

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

Bay Ecology
Saturday March 30, 2019

  • 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

8:30 am to 4:00 – Port O’Connor library multi-purpose room and Boggy Nature Park

Interpreting Nature / Research Vessel
Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • Overview of Interpretation—How to present what you know
  • Interpretation Theory
  • Preparation and Message Delivery
  • Illustrative Techniques
  • Informal Interpretation
  • Bay Ecology on the Water

8:30 am to 4:00 – Goose Island SP, Rockport / R/V Archimedes at Texas State Aquarium, Corpus Christi

Barrier Island Ecology
Saturday, May 4, 2019

  • 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

8:30 to 4:30, Mustang Island SP & Padre Island National Seashore

Riverine & Riparian Ecology
Saturday May 11, 2019

  • Riverine ecosystems
  • Riparian ecosystems

8:30 to 3:30 – Fennessey Ranch – Directions

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology
Saturday May 18, 2019

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

9:00 to 4:00, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge – Directions to ANWR

Native Plants / Entomology / Graduation
Saturday June 1, 2019

  • Plant Identification on Coleto Creek Nature Trail
  • Importance of Native Plants and Insects in Mid-Coast Ecologies
  • Potluck Lunch
  • Graduation and Presentation of Awards

8:00 to 2:00 pm – Coleto Creek Reservoir & Park – Directions

Not a member?

If you live in our area and think the Mid-Coast Chapter might be for you — check out the FAQ page and submit your Application.

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.