Frequently Asked Questions and Important Dates
- How do I find another Chapter?
- How do I contact the State Offices for Texas Master Naturalists?
- Where can I learn more about Volunteering?
- What is a Texas Master Naturalist?
Texas Master Naturalist are volunteers with the interest and desire to give back to their community and willingness to attend the training.
- How do I become a Texas Master Naturalist?
To join us and become a certified Texas Master Naturalist, you must complete a 40-hour training course on the region’s natural features and the impact that people have on nature. Training courses are held in the spring and the fall of each year and average about 20 students. The course includes presentations by biologists, geologists, naturalists, and others from local, state, and federal agencies and universities.You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training during the first 12 months following your completion of the course (to be completed before your course's graduation anniversary date). Advanced training enables Texas Master Naturalists to learn additional knowledge or a particular skill in order to assist with different volunteer projects. Advanced training activities in the past have involved hands-on instruction, field trips to local natural areas, and lectures with such topics as: Texas bats, Texas insects, Texas aquatic environments, wildscape development, and trail planning, among many others. All of the volunteer service and advanced training activities must be approved by the chapter board of directors and you must report your hours to get credit. Once you meet these requirements, you will receive a gold seal for your certificate and will be certified as a Texas Master Naturalist.
- When is the next Master Naturalist Class?
Classes are generally held one night a week for 12 weeks in the spring. The next class schedule is on the calendar. Application forms and general information are here. The detailed class schedule can be found here.
- When and where are the chapter meetings?
The Blackland Prairie Chapter meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, One Nature Place, McKinney, Texas. We welcome visitors, but please check our home page before attending a meeting in case of a change in our meeting schedule.
- Which counties are served by the Blackland Prairie Chapter?
The Blackland Prairie Chapter serves Collin, Fannin, Grayson and Hunt counties at this time.
- What if I have a proposal for a volunteer or advanced training opportunity?
If you are a current member, please email our Volunteer Coordinator for questions or to have a project proposal approved.