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.

Because of COVID-19, this schedule is subject to change. Classroom sessions
will be virtual, and details will
be added as they are set. Please check back.

Introduction & Orientation
February 4, 6, and 11, 2021 (all virtual)

  • Feb 4—Introductions, TMN history, Master Naturalist characteristics & why they are needed, Mid-Coast Chapter, Initial Training Requirements
  • Feb 6—Introduction to Volunteering, Member Volunteering Experiences, Volunteer Management System and Chapter website
  • Feb 11—Geology of the World, Texas Geology, and Texas Ecological Regions

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology
February 18 (virtual) and 20 (ANWR–directions)

  • 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

Archaeology and Early Texans
March 6, 2021 (virtual)

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

Bay & Wetland Ecologies
March 25 (virtual) and 27 (Port O’Connor–directions)

  • 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

Interpreting Nature
April 8 (virtual) and 10 (Goose Island State Park–directions)

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

Riverine & Riparian Ecology
April 15 (virtual) and 17 (Fennessey Ranch–directions)

  • Riverine ecosystems
  • Riparian ecosystems

Barrier Island Ecology
April 29 (virtual) and May 1 (Mustang Island State Park–directions)

  • 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

Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology
May 13 (virtual) and 15 (Mad Island Marsh Preserve–Tentative–directions)

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

Upland Ecology, Birds, Soils, & Rangeland
May 20 (virtual) and 22 (Welder Wildlife Refuge–directions)

  • 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

The Importance of Native Plants
June 3 (virtual) and 5 (Barnhart Ranch–directions)

  • Importance of Native Plants in Mid-Coast Ecologies
  • Plant Identification on a local Nature Trail
  • Graduation of the Class of 2021

Mid-Coast TMN-Related Optional Activities

  • Mid-Coast Virtual Chapter Meeting—Sat, Feb 13, 10:00 am, via Zoom
  • Mid-Coast Virtual Board of Directors Meeting—Sat, Apr 10, 10:00 am, via Zoom
  • Mid-Coast Virtual Chapter Meeting—Sat May 8, 10:00 am, via Zoom

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.

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.