Twenty chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist program are having training classes in spring 2016 for volunteers.
These volunteers will learn about natural resources and conservation management.
The Texas Master Naturalist program features 46 chapters across the state, and aims to develop well-informed citizen volunteers to educate their communities.
The main qualification is an interest in learning and playing an active part in conservation.
Volunteers will receive a minimum of 40 hours of basic training from educators and specialists from universities, natural resource agencies, nature centers and museums.
Training includes concepts concerning ecology and the eco-regions of Texas.
Volunteers are then asked to provide 40 hours of community service to education, demonstration and habitat enhancement projects in order to maintain certification as a master naturalist. Read more outdoor news in The Bowie News.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. (Logo provided by the TPWD, used with permission)