An opportunity to learn about native plants and animals of this area will be available this spring through the Highland Lakes Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists.
A new class will begin March 6, 2008 and continue for 11 weeks studying archeology, geology, wildlife management, native plants and animals that compose this area. The classes will meet 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 topics, references and resources for further study. The class will be limited to 20 participants so those interested should submit an application promptly.
In order to become certified as a Texas Master Naturalist, members must complete 40 hours of required class room training (11 weeks) and 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 Cooperative 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://hlmn.281.com for an application or contact Marvin Bloomquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 756-0766.
Information on the state-wide activities of the Master Naturalists can be found at http://masternaturalist. tamu.edu.