Our next class starts January 7, 2020!
Texas Master Naturalist certification can be attained by completing a training course which involves classroom instruction and field experience. Application for our 2020 training course is open from September 15 until December 15, 2019. Applications will be done online, through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Volunteer page at samaritan.com. See Application Instructions PDF below for step by step instructions. If you have issues applying, please contact us.
Enrollment in the Spring 2020 classes is limited to 25 people, and the classes will fill as applications are received. The South Texas Border Chapter Texas Master Naturalist (STBCTMN) offers training each spring for certification as a Texas Master Naturalist.
Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for twelve weeks, January 7 through March 31 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at St. George Orthodox Church Hall in Pharr. Graduation festivities will be Tuesday, April 14.
A wide variety of field trips will be offered primarily on Saturdays with some on other days. There is a minimum requirement for field trip attendance for class completion. The field trip offerings exceed the minimum requirement.
Payment of the $150 fee for classes and training materials completes the application. A limited number of scholarships are also available for those with financial need.
This 12-week class provides a foundational education about the ecology of the lower Rio Grande Valley prior to volunteering as a Texas Master Naturalist (TMN). It is taught by local experts who are highly rated by past trainees. It’s also a delightful chance to connect with like-interested folks aged 20s to 80s from a variety of backgrounds. All are welcome!
Texas Master Naturalist is a volunteer organization. There is a volunteer requirement for certification as a Texas Master Naturalist with further volunteer work and additional training being expected annually to maintain active membership.