The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist Program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. Texas Master Naturalists not only get their feet wet and their hands dirty, but while doing so they spend time in a natural setting, learn about different plant and animal species, and maybe even find something new such as a new plant species. The Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter of Brazoria County is made up of members from all walks of life with various levels of education that have a passion to learn and share their knowledge with others, especially children.

To become a Texas Master Naturalist
1. Each person must successfully complete an approved intern training program with at least 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction
2. after completing the training above, you are expected to become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist by donating at least 40 hours of volunteer service back to the state and community and completing 8 hours of approved advanced training. Trainees can complete their 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training within a year after completion of their initial training or they can complete it concurrently with their initial training.
3. in subsequent years, you are expected to complete another 8 hours of advanced training and donate 40 hours of volunteer service to maintain your certification (or to re-certify) as a Texas Master Naturalist
4. Pay annual chapter dues of $25.00.

The Cradle of Texas Chapter of Brazoria County is offering a fall training class which begins on August 26, 2020. Classes will meet every Wednesday at 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM for both lecture and field trips and will finish December 2, 2020. This fall, the lectures will be conducted virtually, and the field trips will be conducted in-person at various locations such as Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, Brazos Bend State Park, and Quintana Beach.

The cost of the training is $125.00 which covers the Texas Master Naturalist curriculum book, a field journal, background check, current year chapter dues, polo shirt, tee shirt and name tag..

The preliminary schedule is available here.

The online registration form is available here.

For further information about this class please contact the
New Class Director, Mary Schwartz, at

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The Texas Master Naturalist program is coordinated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Texas Master Naturalist programs serve all people without regard to socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, or national origin.