This program is a collaborative effort between the Texas AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.

Dear Texas Master Naturalist Program Applicant:

We would like to invite you to become involved in an exciting program for Tarrant and Parker counties - the CROSS TIMBERS CHAPTER of the Texas Master Naturalist Program. The mission of this program is to develop and certify a group of well-informed adult volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated toward the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our ecosystem community.

This program will furnish participants with essential information and strategies to restore and conserve our indigenous species and habitats. Throughout the training classes, local experts will cover interesting topics about our natural resources and lead hands-on field trips to local ecosystems. Specific class and field trip topics are listed in the Class Schedule (Subject to change due to
Covid-19 restrictions). Texas Master Naturalist trainees may select from a wide variety of approved local projects to volunteer their time. Projects may include habitat restoration, native plant rescues, prairie seed collection, school habitats, educational presentations, or projects of your own design.

To become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist of the CROSS TIMBERS Chapter, trainees must fulfill the following requirements:


Attendance at all training classes, including field trips

40 hours minimum of volunteer service on approved projects in Tarrant or Parker counties within a year and reported online using the Volunteer Management System (VMS)

8 hours of advanced training in approved classes within a year and reported online using the VMS System

Be at least 18 years old

All Class hours must be posted in the VMS system within 14 days for the class to count.

Payment of annual dues (dues for 2021 are included in class fee)

Signing of an online liability waiver and cleared background check

To maintain active status, Texas Master Naturalists must complete the following annually:


40 hours of volunteer service on approved projects and reported online using the VMS System

8 hours of advanced training in approved classes and reported online using the VMS System

Payment of dues in a timely manner (Currently $20.00 per year)

This program is intended to serve people regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. CTMN seeks to provide reasonable accommodations for all persons with disabilities. Please advise CTMN of any auxiliary aid or service that you require.

Preference will be given to applicants who express a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources; a willingness and availability to contribute time to volunteer service; a desire to complete the coursework, homework, and field trips; and those already volunteering. Particular consideration will be given to those who express a willingness to serve in leadership roles for the Master Naturalists program.

A maximum of twenty-five applicants will be selected to attend the program. Upon selection, training classes will be held from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. each Tuesday and field trips on Saturdays, starting Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at the Ft. Worth Nature Center & Refuge (Classes will be online if Covid-19 requirement prevent in-person attendance).

If selected, you will receive confirmation and will be expected to send a check, the day you are selected, for $150.00 to Cross Timbers Master Naturalists c/o Gailon Hardin, 2311 Perkins Rd.
Arlington, TX 76016 or call Frank Keeney at 817-706-9518 for credit card processing.

Your application is not complete until you complete your Texas Master Naturalists online profile. Your will receive a username and password shortly after the Education Director receives your application.

We thank you for your interest in the Texas Master Naturalist Program. We look forward to your participation in this educational and beneficial volunteer program. Application deadline Friday, Friday, July 24, 2020. You will be contacted no later than Friday, August 7, 2020 about your acceptance to the training program.

If you have Questions or need Help email Melinda Pajak - Education Director at Please wait 24 hours for a volunteer to reply. If not replied or it just can not wait call Frank Keeney at 817-706-9518.


I understand that in exchange for the training made possible through the Cross Timbers Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program, I will volunteer at least 40 hours of my time toward approved projects in Tarrant and Parker counties and complete 8 hours of advanced training within one year. 

I understand that I will become a Certified Texas Master Naturalist when I complete the training, volunteer work, advanced training and meet other requirements determined by CTMN. 

I understand that to maintain an active status, I must complete 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training each year thereafter and meet other requirements determined by CTMN.

Cross Timbers Texas Master Naturalist
PO Box 1540 • Fort Worth, Texas 76101-1540

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