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Texas Master Naturalist-Hill Country Chapter training course


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 teach the classes.

Topics are centered in wildlife and natural resource management with lessons in basic ecology, geology, range science, deer management and botany, among others.

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 will take place from 8:30 am until 1 pm, Wednesdays from August 22 through
Nov. 14. Most meetings will be held at the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, but several Saturday field trips will highlight the training program.

After completing 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 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.

Pictured: Texas Master Naturalist-Hill Country Chapter members, Nyta Brown and Warren Ferguson, admire the new bleachers at the Texas Parks and Wildlife's Old Tunnel Park, one of the many approved volunteer project areas for the chapter.