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“To visit a prairie today is to walk on hallowed ground, a kind of holy grail for those who yearn to revisit the land as it looked before it was remade and reformed by the rushing onslaught of settlement.  To stand on the crest of gentle prairie hill and watch the gray and green clouds of an April thunderstorm advance over flowers so truly wild, like they have for millennia, is to witness a drama more suspenseful than the latest blockbuster.”  In just these few words written by Matt White in his Introduction to Prairie Time—A Blackland Portrait, you know for sure this man loves the prairie and understands history.  If you know these feelings or would like to, plan on attending the next Texas Master Naturalist Blackland Prairie Chapter Naturalist Talk featuring author, teacher and environmentalist Matt White.  Matt teaches American History at Paris Junior College in Greenville, Texas.  In addition to Prairie Time—A Blackland Portrait, Matt is the author of Birds of Northeast Texas and his currently writing a new book dedicated to milkweeds.

White’s presentation will be on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX 75069, in the Science Resource Center building.  A brief Chapter meeting will begin at 7:00 PM, followed by the Naturalist Talk.  This is a free event and non-members are invited to attend.  For directions to the Heard Museum visit www.bptmn.org.  For more information please email communications@bptmn.org.

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Become a Master Naturalist in 2019

Training Course for New Texas Master Naturalists to Begin February 2019 in McKinney

 

McKinney, TX—The Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program, based in McKinney, is seeking applicants interested in becoming Texas Master Naturalists.  Applications will be accepted until February 6, 2019.   Classes will be held at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX 75069, from February 13—May 8, 2018.   Class participants must complete 40 hours of natural resource training, participate in 3 class field trips, and finish 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service within their first year in the program.   Application forms and program information are available at https://txmn.org/bptmn/class-of-2019/.

The Blackland Prairie Chapter draws members from communities located in Collin, Hunt and Rockwall counties and adjacent areas.  Communities in these areas are growing fast, but so are opportunities to conserve local natural resources.  Master Naturalist volunteers are uniquely qualified to inspire their neighbors to appreciate the environment, to take part in hands-on projects at parks and preserves, to help children and adults learn about local natural resources, and much more.  The possibilities to make a difference are endless. 

 

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Members of class of 2018 study in the field at the Heard Museum

Thinking about your resolutions for 2019?  Maybe you want to get outside more, or increase your understanding of Texas ecosystems, or become involved in projects to conserve local natural resources.  You can do all that and more by becoming a Texas Master Naturalist.   

The Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program is hosting an open house on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place, McKinney TX, to share information about the Master Naturalist program and how to get involved.  There will also be presentations on a variety of volunteer opportunities in local natural areas.   

Applications to participate in the next Texas Master Naturalist class are currently being accepted through January 15, 2019.   Program information and application forms are available at https://txmn.org/bptmn/class-of-2019/.  Classes will be held at the Heard Museum from February 13, 2019 to May 8, 2019.   More information is available at communications@bptmn.org.

The goal of the Texas Master Naturalist program is to provide an opportunity for concerned adult citizens of all ages to learn about the natural environment and use this knowledge to provide volunteer service in the form of community education, conservation, and demonstration projects.  The Texas Master Naturalist program began in 1998 as a joint effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.  There are 48 recognized chapters throughout Texas.  The Blackland Prairie Chapter meets in McKinney Texas, and draws members from communities in Collin and Hunt counties. 

Can one person really make an impact?  Blackland Prairie Chapter President Mike Roome says, “The answer is yes.  By joining with others of like passion and resolve, I can educate myself and volunteer to make a difference through efforts to preserve precious and valuable natural resources for generations to come.”

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Preserve Some Natural Texas: Become a Texas Master Naturalist

Training Course for New Texas Master Naturalists to Begin February 2019 in McKinney

 

MCKINNEY, Texas – The population in North Central Texas is expected to increase by 4.1 million by 2030.  (North Central Texas Council of Governments)  We will welcome new friends and neighbors, but what about our current natural Texas neighbors—the animals, insects, and plants?  Will they have to move to make room for more people, houses, and businesses?   Not if there are more Texas Master Naturalist volunteers working in their local communities to increase understanding of local ecosystems, to promote conservation and enhancement of natural resources and to share ways to preserve a natural Texas for years to come. 

The Texas Master Naturalist program began in 1998 as a joint effort between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.  The program goal is to provide an opportunity for concerned adult citizens of all ages to learn about the natural environment and use this knowledge to provide volunteer service in the form of community education, conservation, and demonstration projects.  This year the program celebrates its 20th anniversary with 4.4 million hours of service achieved by more than 9,329 volunteers in 48 recognized chapters throughout Texas. 

The Blackland Prairie Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program, based in McKinney Texas, draws members from communities located in Collin and Hunt counties.  Communities in this area are growing fast, but so are opportunities to conserve local natural resources.  Master Naturalist volunteers are uniquely qualified to inspire their neighbors to appreciate the environment, to take part in hands-on projects at parks and preserves, to help children and adults learn about local natural resources, and much more.  The possibilities to make a difference are endless. 

With all the exciting work ahead, the Blackland Prairie chapter is currently seeking applicants interested in becoming Texas Master Naturalists.  Participants must complete a minimum of 40 hours of natural resource training taught by recognized experts in each field, eight hours of advanced training and 40 hours of chapter-approved volunteer service within their first year in the program.  Classes will be held at the Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Science Place, McKinney, TX 75069, from February 13—May 8, 2018.   Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2019.  Application forms and program information are at https://txmn.org/bptmn/class-of-2019/.

Can one person really make an impact?  Blackland Prairie Chapter President Mike Roome says “The answer is yes.  By joining with others of like passion and resolve, I can educate myself and volunteer to make a difference through efforts to preserve precious and valuable natural resources for the generations to come.”