Texas Master Naturalist classes to begin March 19

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The Rolling Plains Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists group will start new training classes March 19, 2013. All Clay County residents are invited to attend the class series.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is a partnership between the AgriLife Extension and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The program develops local volunteers who provide educational and outreach services aimed at the better management of natural resources and enhancement of natural areas within their communities.

Most training classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays March 19-May 9 at Midwestern State University-Bolin Science Hall, room 209.  (Some classes will be field trips to various locations.)

The fee for this training session is $80.00 unless enrolled as a student; then the fee is only $70.  A maximum of 25 applicants will be selected to attend the class.  Selection criteria include: interest in the program, availability for volunteer service and commitment to stewardship of our natural resources.

Individual volunteers bring a wealth of talents, skills, visions, and experiences to share with others. From caring for orphaned wildlife babies to conducting hands-on field trips for area school children, folks who become involved within the Texas Master Naturalist program bring with them a love of learning, a concern for the natural world, and a sincere commitment to leaving the trail a little better than how they found it.

Deadline for application is March 12.

For more information, visit http://txmn.org/rollingplains/.

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