INTERN TRAINING

NEW INTERNS WELCOME!
     Our next training class begins in August 2018.
•  Welcome message.
•  Registration is now open,
•  Maximum class size is 15 participants.
•  To register download this form.
Application forms are also available at Texas AgriLIFE Extension building in Angleton TX 77515.
      Do you love nature?   Would you like to learn more about the nature around you?   If yes, why not become a Texas Master Naturalist?
      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 and experience.   Our love of nature and the desire to learn new/fun things about nature and then to share that knowledge with our families, other Texas Master Naturalists, the general public and, especially, with the children of Brazoria County is what makes us smile.
      So, how do you become a Texas Master Naturalist?   It requires the completion of 40 hours of intern training (20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours in the field hands on instruction).   The classes are scheduled on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Wednesday of each month beginning the 3rd week of January and ending with the intern graduation the 2nd week of May.   This is a total commitment of 14 weeks of training.   Each class begins at 9 a.m. and ends at approximately 2 p.m.   Each week you will. study a new topic and visit a new site for the field work.   You will be exposed to many of the natural wonders around us here in Brazoria County.   Please be aware that a couple of the field trips may require walking on uneven ground for up to an hour.
      Important Note: The training classes are limited to 15 interns.   You may register at any time during the year.   The first 15 registrations received will make the class (after background checks and fee payment).
      So, if you are interested in learning about nature in all its forms, please consider joining us in our endeavor to share that love with all our neighbors and friends.
      For a sample of what we teach, please review the 2017 training schedule shown below.  

The Schedule shown below is for the Spring 2017 Training Class.
The Autumn 2018 schedule will be posted here when available.

     General Meetings, attended by all TMN-COT members, are scheduled for the second Wednesday of every month.   Intern trainees are invited to attend general meetings, but general meetings are not approved for intern training credit.
     For further information contact the Training Coordinator:
               Carolyn May-Monie
979-236-3341
cmaymonie@embarqmail.com


DATE
CLASS TOPIC
PRESENTER
CLASS LOCATION/TIME
LUNCH
FIELD TRIP LOCATION
Jan. 18 TMN-COT Introduction
Session I
Training Coordinators 8:30 a.m. Snacks Provided
Class 9:00 - 12:00; 1:00 - 2:00
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton
Lunch Provided by COT 12:00 - 1:00 No Field Trip
Jan. 25 TMN-COT Introduction
Session II
Training Coordinators,
Marty Cornell, COT member
8:30 a.m. Snacks Provided
Class 9:00 - 12:00; 1:00 - 2:00
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton
Interns Bring Sack Lunch
12:00 - 1:00
No Field Trip
      Texas Master Naturalist Training Class Begins
Feb. 1 ICHTHYOLOGY Roy Morgan, Volunteer instructor 8:30 a.m Snacks (Interns)
Class 9:00 - 11:30

Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Sea Center Texas
12:30 - 2:00
Feb. 8 GENERAL MEETING
Joint meeting with all chapter members.
For details see the Advanced Training schedule.

8:30 a.m Meet and Greet
9:00 - 12:00 Advanced Training
Agrilife Building
Lunch on your own No field trip
Feb. 15 AQUATIC SYSTEMS ECOLOGY John O'Connell
AgriLife Coastal & Marine Agent
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class 9:00 - 11:30
AgriLife Bldg
Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Camp Mohawk County Park
12:30 - 2:00
Feb. 22 ARCHAEOLOGY Johnney Pollan
Brazosport Archaeological Society
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns) Class 9:00 - 11:30
AgriLife Bldg
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Abner Jackson Plantation
12:30 - 2:00
Mar. 1 PLANTS Dr. Ann McLain
Volunteer Instructor
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns) Class 9:00 - 11:30
AgriLife Bldg.
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
12:30 - 2:00
Mar. 8 GENERAL MEETING
Joint meeting with all chapter members.
For details see the Advanced Training schedule.

8:30 a.m Meet and Greet
9:00 - 12:00 Advanced Training
Agrilife Building
Lunch on your own No field trip
Mar. 15 URBAN ECOLOGY Tyler Froberg
Supt. Parks and Natural Resources, Pearland
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns) Class
9:00 - 11:30
Pearland Recreation Center
Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Pearland Nature Center 12:30 - 2:00
Mar. 22 WETLAND, ESTUARY, BEACH ECOLOGY Rich Tillman
COT Member
Class 9:00 - 11:30 AgriLife Bldg. 8:30 a.m.
Snacks (Interns)
Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Christmas Bay, Follets Beach (off County Road 257, Surfside)
12:30 - 2:00
Mar. 29 ORNITHOLOGY Kristine Rivers
COT Member

Class 9:00 - 11:30
Snacks (Interns) 8:30
Quintana Beach County Park
Discovery Event Center
330 Fifth Street
Quintana, TX 77541

Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary 12:30 - 2:00
Apr. 5 FORESTS - COLUMBIA BOTTOMLANDS Thomas Adams
Botanist USFWS - SBNWR
Class 9:00 - 11:30 AgriLife Bldg. 8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns) Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 12:30 - 2:00
Dow Woods Unit of San Bernard NWR
Old Angleton Road
8.0 Miles North of FM2004
Trail Map
Apr. 12 GENERAL MEETING
Joint meeting with all chapter members.
For details see the Advanced Training schedule.

8:30 a.m Meet and Greet
9:00 - 12:00 Advanced Training
Agrilife Building
Lunch on your own No field trip
Apr. 19 MAMMALS David Heinicke
Brazos Bend State Park - Park Naturalist
Class 9:00 - 11:30
AgriLife Bldg 8:30 a.m.
Snacks (Interns)
Brazos Bend State Park
Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Brazos Bend State Park 12:30 - 2:00
Apr. 26 ENTOMOLOGY Ed Barrios
COT Member
Class 9:00 - 11:30
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
12:30 - 2:00
May. 3 HERPETOLOGY David Heinicke
Brazos Bend State Park - Park Naturalist
Class 9:00 - 11:30
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)

Brazos Bend State Park
Interns' Sack Lunch 11:30 - 12:00 Brazos Bend State Park 12:30 - 2:00
May. 10 INTERN PROJECT REPORTS AND GRADUATION Chapter President, Training Coordinators; Intern Class Members 8:30 a.m. Snacks Provided
9:00 - 10:00
General Meeting
10: 00 - 11:45
Project
AgriLife Bldg.
NONE NONE

NEW INTERNS WELCOME!
       Welcome fellow Nature lovers and prospective Texas Master Naturalists!
       Let us introduce you to the Texas Master Naturalist Cradle of Texas Chapter.   We are from all walks of life with all levels of education and experience.   We are bound by our love of the beauty of Nature and the overriding desire to learn and share this knowledge with family, fellow Master Naturalists, the general public and most of all with the children of Brazoria County.   Many of us are retired and joined the Master Naturalist to expand our knowledge of the outdoors/nature.   Some are photographers or have become photographers as they enjoy the places they go and things they see.
       Becoming a Texas Master Naturalist is where the real fun begins.   It requires the completion of 40 hours of training (20 class and 20 field) in a 15-month time span.   Training classes are scheduled every Wednesday generally starting in January and running for 14 weeks.   Each class period runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, with field trips extending to 2:30 pm.   During the 14 weeks, you'll be able to miss one session and still have enough hours to graduate.   If you do not accrue the necessary hours during the training class, you may work with the Training Coordinator to arrange additional training hours.
       But we feel confident that you won't want to miss any classes.   Each week, we visit a new place and study a new topic.   You'll be exposed to many of the natural wonders around us here in Brazoria County.   We hope you'll be encouraged to continue your education in the things you enjoy.
       A sample of the training schedule:



Ocean Habitats
Sea Center Texas

Entomology
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Rivers & Streams
San Bernard River

Forest Ecology
Hudson Woods

Forest Ecology
Hudson Woods

Archaeology
Lake Jackson, TX 77566 Plantation

Dragonflies Damselflies
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Plant Identification
Hudson Woods

Ghost Crab Transect
Along the Gulf Coast

Gulf Shore Ecology: Seining
Stahlman Park

Animal Pelts
Hanson Riverside Park


       After graduation, you will be expected to become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist by volunteering for 40 hours and by attending eight hours of Advanced Training.   You may work toward initial certification while you are still in training.   Each year thereafter, you will be expected to recertify by volunteering for an additional 40 hours and by attending an additional eight hours of Advanced Training.
       You will find numerous opportunities for volunteer service.   We maintain partnership agreements with several local organizations where you can volunteer.   Some of our members volunteer with organizations that provide field trips for elementary and secondary school children.   If you do not enjoy working with children, you’ll find activities that involve working with the public in less formal educational venues.
       Advanced Training hours can be attained by attending our monthly chapter meetings.   At each meeting, we arrange for 1-2 hours of continuing education on various topics on the natural resources of Brazoria County and Texas.   These classes are often conducted by outside speakers, and sometimes by our own members.
      Upon graduation you will receive a COT polo shirt and nametag.   After joining the chapter, you will be able to accrue volunteer hours that can be applied toward certification.
      To apply, please print out the New member application form and mail it along with your check to:
Texas Master Naturalist Program
Cradle of Texas Chapter
Brazoria County AgriLife Office
21017 County Road 171
Angleton TX 77515, TX 77515-8903
      Thank you for your time and we look forward to meeting and enjoying the outdoors with you.
For further information:


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