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Wanna be a Master Naturalist? Now's your chance


The Hill Country Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist is now accepting applications for the 2012 training class from residents of Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall and Kerr counties. The research-based, scientific training is customized for the Hill Country area.

Experts from state universities and state and federal agencies will conduct the classes. Topics are centered in wildlife and natural resource management with lessons in basic ecology, geology, range science, deer management, botany and more.

Chapter members volunteer for more than 75 projects in the four-county area to help conserve Texas' natural resources and educate residents about the local ecology. Projects include wildlife research, bird counts, water quality monitoring, children's education, citizen science activities and land management assistance for landowners.

The series of nature-oriented classes are from 8:30 am to 1 pm, Wednesdays from August 22 through Nov. 14. Most meetings are held at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville. Several Saturday field trips are highlights of the training program.

After completing the training, graduates must volunteer 40 hours on approved projects and complete eight hours of advanced training to achieve certification.

Completed applications must be postmarked by July 13.

For more information or an application, visit the Hill Country Chapter's website, www.txmn.org/hillcountry, or contact Eileen Gotke at gotke@hctc.net or phone 830-367-4001. Those interested in receiving an application should include their name, mailing address, phone number and email address.
For more information about the statewide Texas Master Naturalist organization, visit www.txmn.org.