2018 INTERN TRAINING SCHEDULE

NEW INTERNS WELCOME!
     Our next training class begins in September 2018.
•  Welcome message.
•  Registration is open now
•  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.
     If you are interested in joining our Chapter, you are invited to attend our general meetings.   We meet on the second Wednesday of each month, at 8:30 am at the Texas AgriLIFE Extension building in Angleton TX 77515.
     The 2018 training schedule shown below.
     For further information contact the Training Coordinator:
               Carolyn May-Monie
979-236-3341
maymonie@tmn-cot.org


2018 INTERN TRAINING SCHEDULE
Green indicates joint meeting with full Chapter membership
DATE
CLASS TOPIC
PRESENTER
CLASS LOCATION/TIME
LUNCH
FIELD TRIP LOCATION
Sept. 5 TMN-COT  Introduction Session New Class Director & Training Team 8:30 a.m.  Snacks Provided.
Class 9:00 - 12:00; 1:00 - 3:00
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton
Lunch Provided by Chapter members
12:00 - 1:00
No Field Trip
Sept. 12 COT General Meeting All Interns Must Attend 8:30 a.m. Snacks
9:00 General Meeting
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton
  No Field Trip
* * * * * * * * * * * * TRAINING CLASSES BEGIN * * * * * * * * * * * *
Sept. 19 Herpetology David Heinicke
Brazos Bend State Park
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30  Brazos Bend State Park, Needville
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Brazos Bend State Park, Needville
12:30  - 3:00
Sept. 26 Entomology Ed Barrios
TMN member and volunteer Instructor
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class 9:00 - 11:30  
Discovery Center at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Discovery Center at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Oct. 3 Grasses & Other Vegetationu Thomas Adams
USFWS Botanist
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
8:30 a.m.  Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30 
Discovery Center at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Discovery Center at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Oct. 10 Mammals David Heinicke
Brazos Bend State Park
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30
Brazos Bend State Park, (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Brazos Bend State Park, Needville   (map)
12:30  - 3:00

Oct. 17
Ornithology Kristine Rivers
COT Member
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30
Pearland Recreation Center   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
John Hargrove Environmental Complex, Pearland   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Oct. 24 Forests: Columbia Bottomland Chris Kneupper
COT Member
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30  
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
To Be Announced
12:30 - 3:00
Oct. 31 Wetland, Estuary, Beach Ecology Rich Tillman
COT Member
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30  
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Christmas Bay - Follets Beach   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Nov. 7 Aquatic Systems John O'Connell
Agrilife Coastal and Marine Extension Agent
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30 
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Camp Mohawk County Park, Alvin   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Nov. 14 Urban Ecology Cullen Ondracek
City of Pearland
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30
Pearland Recreation Center   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
John Hargrove Environmental Complex, Pearland   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Nov. 28 Archaeology Johnney Pollan
Brazosport Archaeological Society
8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30
AgriLife Bldg, Angleton   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Dec. 5 Ichthyology Roy Morgan / Chapter Partners 8:30 a.m. Snacks (Interns)
Class  9:00 - 11:30
Sea Center Texas   (map)
Interns' Sack Lunch
11:30 - 12:00
Sea Center Texas, Lake Jackson   (map)
12:30 - 3:00
Dec. 12 INTERN PROJECT REPORTS
AND GRADUATION
Chapter President,
New Class Director,
Intern Class Members
8:30 a.m. Snacks Provided
9:00 - 10:00 Intern Project Reports & Graduation
10: 00 - 11:00 General Meeting AgriLife Bldg, Angleton   (map)
NONE NONE

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BECOMING A TEXAS MASTER NATURALIST
Do you love nature? Would you like to 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 then to share that knowledge with our families, other Texas Master Naturalists, the general public, and—especially with children—of Brazoria County is what makes us smile.

So, how do you become a Texas Master Naturalist?   It requires completion of 40 hours of 40 hours of intern training (20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours in hands-on field instruction).   Fall classes are scheduled on every Wednesday from September to the second week of December.   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 several of the field trips will require walking on uneven ground for up to an hour or more.

Where do you find the application and training schedule?   Simply go to our chapter website http://tmn-cot.org.

The fee is $100 and must be received with your application.

Important Notice: The training classes are limited to 15 interns on a first-come-first-served basis.   So if you are really interested, please don't hesitate.   Send in your application now to reserve your spot.

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 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.

Please join us for this journey beginning January 2014.   The cost is $100, which covers your first year’s dues, text books, COT T-shirt, COT nametag, access to our book library, and a background check for those who will be volunteering to work with children.   Once you begin training, you will be able to accrue additional volunteer and training hours that can be applied toward certification.

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 77515-8903

For further information:
     New member application form
     Information about our partners


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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.