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 1, 2020

  • TMN, characteristics of a Master Naturalist and why they are needed
  • 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

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology
Saturday, February 15, 2020

  • 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

Archaeology–Early People / Texas Wildlife
Saturday, February 29, 2020

  • 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 4:30, Museum of the Coastal Bend & Texas Zoo, Victoria – Directions to MCB

Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology
Saturday, March 14, 2020

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

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

Interpreting Nature / Entomology
Saturday, March 21, 2020

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

8:30 am to 4:00 – Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Education Center/Goose Island SP – Directions

Upland Ecology, Birds, Soils, & Rangeland
Saturday, April 4, 2020

  • 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

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

Barrier Island Ecology
Saturday, April 18, 2020

  • 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 & Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK), UTMSI, Port Aransas – Directions to Mustang Island SP

Riverine & Riparian Ecology
Saturday May 2, 2020

  • Riverine ecosystems
  • Riparian ecosystems

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

Bay Ecology
Saturday, May 16, 2020

  • 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 – lower midcoast area & fallback dates to be determined

Native Plants / Graduation
Saturday June 6, 2020

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

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

Mid-Coast TMN-Related Optional Activities + FYI: Holiday Dates

  • Mid-Coast Chapter Meeting—Sat, Feb 8, 10:00 am, Fulton Mansion Education Center, Rockport
  • FYI: President’s Day—Mon, Feb 17
  • Whooping Crane Festival—Thu-Sun, Feb 20-23, Port Aransas (advanced training opportunities)
  • MCTMN Board of Directors Meeting—Sat, Apr 11, 10:00 am, DOW Recreational Center
  • FYI: Easter—Sun Apr 12
  • Mid-Coast Chapter Meeting—Sat, May 9, 10:00 am, location to be determined
  • FYI: Mother’s Day—Sun, May 10
  • FYI: Memorial Weekend—Sat-Mon, May 23-25

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.