The Mission: To develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas.
The Need: Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is ofter cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts.
The Texas Master Naturalist Program is sponsored by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Since the program’s founding in 1997:
- relationships have been developed with 398 partners
- 9,672 Texas Master Naturalist volunteers have been trained
- volunteers have contributed more than 2.8 million hours of service
- 218,762 acres have been impacted
- reached more than 2 million Texas residents of all ages
These volunteers’ efforts are worth more than $40 million to the State of Texas. Texas Master Naturalist volunteers serve in 46 local chapters across the state serving 194 counties, and new chapters are developing all the time.
For more information, visit our website at www.txmn.org.