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 and the fact that we cannot do our field training online,
this outline is currently informational only. Classroom sessions will be virtual, details will
be added as they are set, and sessions are subject to change. Please check back

Introduction & Orientation
First weekend in February, 2021

  • 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

Mid-Coast of Texas Ecology

  • 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

Archaeology–Early People / Texas Wildlife

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

Interpreting Nature / Entomology
Overview of Interpretation—How to present what you know

  • Interpretation Theory
  • Preparation and Message Delivery–Tips & Techniques
  • Coastal Bend Entomology

Barrier Island Ecology

  • 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

Bay Ecology

  • 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

  • Riverine ecosystems
  • Riparian ecosystems

Coastal Prairie & Wetland Ecology

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

Upland Ecology, Birds, Soils, & Rangeland

  • 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

Why Native Plants?

  • Importance of Native Plants in Mid-Coast Ecologies
  • Plant Identification on a local Nature Trail
  • Related Topics TBD

Mid-Coast TMN-Related Optional Activities

  • Mid-Coast Virtual Chapter Meeting—Sat, Feb 13, 10:00 am, via Zoom
  • Other events 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.

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.