We are pleased to extend an invitation to ALL Master Naturalist program participants to attend our 13th Annual Texas Master Naturalist Meeting and Advanced Training. All Master Naturalist affiliates are invited to attend. This includes those certified, in training, administrators and advisors of local chapters, and your local chapter partners, sponsors, or special guests.
The 2012 Annual Meeting and Advanced Training will offer new opportunities and incorporates many of your suggestions and ideas provided during our previous events. This year's gathering has several chapter enhancement and and Advanced Training topics to choose from. Our social and chapter project fair showcase and roundtable discussions will offer great opportunities to meet your fellow Master Naturalist peers from our 44 chapters across the state and share new ideas from the past year. Hear what projects your peers are contributing their volunteer time towards and make new acquaintances all at the same time. The Master Naturalist store and other surprises are also on the agenda. So, come out for a week-end filled with fun, fellowship, and learning in a beautiful setting.
We will again be able to offer one small grant/partial scholarship available to each Chapter to help offset the registration cost associated with the Annual Meeting & Advanced Training for a member attending at the regular "Double Occupancy" or Bunkhouse Super Save Rates. This year’s scholarships are available in part by the assistance of the Gulf Coast Chapter’s hosting the Silent Auction at last year’s meeting. The scholarship recipient must be selected and pre-approved by the local Chapter with notification given to the contact listed here. Scholarship will be in the form of a refund to the attendees on-line registration after they have registered. Winners shall contact Michelle Haggerty for assistance with adjusting your registration fee once it has been processed. All scholarship recipients must register prior to the deadline. For more details, contact Michelle at 830-896-2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sorry, scholarships are not refundable or transferable and cannot be honored after the deadline.
The Master Naturalist Store
While at the Annual Meeting and Advanced Training, be sure to stop by the Master Naturalist store where there will be naturalist inspired books, resources and our Master Naturalist clothing collection.
Project Fair & Guidelines this year
This event is planned for Saturday evening at the Annual Meeting. Each Chapter will have the opportunity to showcase an exemplary project of their choice. The event will provide an avenue to share a successful project and give other chapters ideas to take home and implement. Plan to exhibit an example of the service project work that your members have completed with pride! Find Project Fair guidelines and information on the TMN website at http://txmn.org Project Fair display dimensions must fit in the space of 3 ft. long by 3 ft. deep. Project displays can be put on a table to share with another display or on the floor. However all displays need to fit within the dimensions given. Find the Project Fair Guidelines and Rules at the Link provided on the Conference registration website or the TMN State website at: http://txmn.org
Photo & Art Contest **NEW** RULES THIS YEAR
Enter your favorite photo or art work into the Texas Master Naturalist Photo & Art Contest while at the Annual Meeting. Just bring your item(s)—or send them with a friend. Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony. Photo & Art Contest entries should be placed on exhibit no later than the designated time in the designated area on Friday. Judging is to be done by popular vote of attendees. Photos should be brought to the meeting labeled on the back including the participant’s name, chapter, category and a title for the work.
Popular items from past silent auctions include items, or gift baskets of items unique to your region; naturalist guides and books, autographed books or artwork, limited edition items and outdoor gear for the natural resource or natural history enthusiast. Really, anything you would want yourself!
Chapter Scrapbook, Newsletter and NEW Brochure Contest
Each Texas Master Naturalist chapter has the opportunity to enter their chapter scrapbook, a chapter brochure and/or a chapter newsletter of their choice from the past 12 months for this contest. Judging/Winners will be determined by popular vote of attendees. One scrapbook and newsletter entry per chapter. Newsletters entries must have been published within the past 12 months from the Annual meeting.
What to Bring
Dress for the weekend is casual. Bring the appropriate field gear for the Advanced Training Sessions you plan to attend. Don’t forget your flashlights, notepads, bug spray, sunscreen, water bottle, binoculars, comfortable field shoes, hats, and rain gear. The training sessions will take place rain or shine—so in other words, dress for the weather! You will want to bring your own toiletries and other personal items. Some other items you might want to bring include: a flashlight, an alarm clock, camera, dominoes or a musical instrument to play during campfire and social times. Your Chapter Project Fair Display, chapter t-shirts, hats, pins, etc. to wear, share and show off are also must-bring items. We also ask that each chapter and meeting participant consider bringing an item to donate towards the silent auction.
Annual Meeting Volunteer Service Project
A volunteer service project has become a Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting tradition! Learn, Serve and Earn all at the same time through an actual on-the-ground project! After all, natural resource training and volunteer service is what we’re all about, isn’t it?!? Learn more about the volunteer service project at the annual meeting in following pages of the registration materials. See the Bio Blitz session description for more information on about this year’s project.
Volunteers Needed at the Annual Meeting
Numerous opportunities to help at the Annual Meeting are available. If interested in any of the following opportunities please sign up for a spot when registering on-line.
Full Registration (Includes Ann. Mtg. + Accommodations & Meals
Super Saver Bunkhouse Special $175 (SOLD OUT)
Registration w/ Double Occupancy Hotel Style Room $235(SOLD OUT)
Fri-Sun, SINGLE Occupancy Single Rooms are $335 (limited availability) (SOLD OUT)
Daily/Commuter Registration (Includes Ann. Mtg & Meals)
Commuter Fri. through Sun: $110
Commuter Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun: $85
Commuter any one day (Fri Sat or Sun):$60
Registering and Payment:
Registration is completed on line. On-line payment is the quickest and preferred method.
Payment may be in the form of Credit/Debit Card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa) or by check. However, on-line payment is the quickest and preferred method. Registration--including admittance into the training sessions and preferred room accommodations--is confirmed and complete once full payment amount is received. Should you not be able to complete your registration on-line you may call the program contact listed for administrative assistance.
If you are not able to pay on-line with a Credit/Debit Card you may pay by check. When paying by check, registration is completed and confirmed once check is received. There will be a $40 charge for all returned/insufficient checks.
1. Make check Payable to: "Texas Master Naturalists"
2. In your check "Notes" section include: Your Registrant ID number listed on your confirmation and receipt.
3. Include a copy of your registrant confirmation and receipt
4. All check payments MUST be post marked by October 9th
5. Mail Check with a copy of your registrant confirmation/receipt to:
Texas Master Naturalist Program
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
309 Sidney Baker South
Kerrville, TX 78028
The 2012 Annual Meeting is provided by the Texas Master Naturalist Program with support from: Texas Parks & Wildlife DepartmentTexas AgriLife ExtensionAnd the following chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist Program