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New training classes scheduled for Grayson County's Bluestem Master Naturalists programs
By Cathy Van Bebber, Training Coordinator, Bluestem Master Naturalists
Jul 20, 2018
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The Bluestem Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists has opened registration for its sixth training class this fall. The Texas Master Naturalists is a non-profit organization which:

1.) Educates the community about our natural resources—plants, animals, minerals, weather or artifacts—to help people understand how to sustain our natural environment

2.) Performs/Provides outreach for the beneficial management of those natural resources

3.) Arrange/Provides volunteer hours to further our own education and perform the above outreach to the community of Grayson County

We are citizen volunteers who love nature and have donated thousands of volunteer hours since the inception of Bluestem Master Naturalists in 2012. We volunteer at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Eisenhower State Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife. Whether we are maintaining nature trails, restoring prairie pockets, monitoring bluebirds, leading school groups, working in a butterfly garden, or planting wildflowers – we strive to provide a better environment for our fellow Texans.

You, too, can become a Master Naturalist. This 2018 training session,  which starts in August and runs through December 2018, will provide you with the required minimum requirement of forty hours of combined field and classroom instruction. In return for this advanced, initial training and personal enrichment, you will be expected to accumulate eight hours of approved advanced training and complete forty hours of volunteer service during 2019. To maintain their Master Naturalist certification, each volunteer must complete eight hours of advanced training and provide 40 hours of volunteer service annually.

We have an exciting line-up of classes scheduled for 2019. The training will include sessions on Archaeology, Entomology, Climate Change, Ecological Systems, Prairies and Plants, Herpetology, Forest Ecology, Land Stewardship, Trail Building, Urban Systems, Geology, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Weather, Wetland Ecology, and Aquatic Systems. All of our classes are taught by professors from Austin College, SOSU, Grayson College, or by certified experts.

The registration fee for the program is $100, which includes the workbook and Bluestem Master Naturalist membership. Registration is now open with a July 26, 2018 deadline. An application can be e-mailed to you by request or can be printed from our website.and our deadline for registering is July 26, 2018.  Please visit http://bluestemmasternaturalists.org for more information and feel free to contact us at bluestemmasternaturalists@gmail.com should you have any questions.

We hope to see you in August!