An opportunity to learn about the Ecology of the Hill Country will be available this Spring through the Highland Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.
The focus of the Master Naturalist program is to increase a person’s knowledge of natural Texas, and then to apply that knowledge through volunteer service to the local communities.
A new Training Class will begin March 5, 2009 and continue for 11 weeks, studying the water issues, the geology, wildlife management and the native plants and animals that compose the ecology of this area. The classes will meet at a variety of locations in this area, including Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Westcave Preserve and Enchanted Rock, each Thursday afternoon for four hours, with a combination of lecture and field studies. The fee for the training is $100, which includes a comprehensive textbook on all the topics covered, plus additional references and resources for further study. Scholarship funds are available as needed. The class will be limited to 20 participants. Those interested should submit an application promptly.
In order to become Certified as a Texas Master Naturalist, members must complete all 40 hours of required class room training (11 weeks) plus an additional 8 hours of Advanced Training and do 40 hours of Volunteer Service within 1 year.
The Highland Lakes Chapter includes Burnet, Llano and Blanco Counties, although persons living in close proximity to this area but not in one of the counties are welcome to become a part of this Chapter.
The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who administer the state program and lend expertise and support to local chapters.
To enroll in the upcoming class visit the Highland Lakes Chapter web site at: http://masternaturalist.tamu.edu/tmn/hl for an application or contact Ray Buchanan at 325-379-1455.