Texas Master Naturalist 13th Annual Meeting & Advanced Training

Navasota, Texas
Friday, October 26, 2012

Texas Master Naturalist 13th Annual Meeting & Advanced Training

October 26-28, 2012          Camp Allen         Navasota Texas

Registration Deadline: 
Tuesday October 9th, 2012 
ALL Registration Closes at midnight October 9th.
Texas Master Naturalist 13th Annual Meeting & Advanced Training
Friday, October 26, 2012 12:00 PM -
Sunday, October 28, 2012 2:15 PM (Central Time)

Camp Allen
18800 FM 362
Navasota, Texas 77868

Map and Directions

Welcome Texas Master Naturalists!

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.

New and Continuing Favorite Features of our Meeting

Returning this year--"Super-Saver Bunkhouse Lodging Special"
Save money with style of accommodations and registration this year! The Super-Saver Bunkhouse Special" is for those looking to cut costs. The SSB Special includes your meeting registration with accommodations in one of the bunk houses at a reduced registration rate. Bunkhouses are same sex occupancy with attached bathroom facilities within each bunkhouse. Check-in early for your choice of bed in this location! J

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 mhaggerty@ag.tamu.edu 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.

Returning this year... Presidents Breakfast
This group breakfast has been established to not only meet and socialize, but also to have an informal arena for discussion of current, past and future issues local Master Naturalist chapter leaders may confront. The group breakfast offers opportunity for counsel and advice shared with each other as the conversation leads us. All current year chapter presidents, or their designee may attend.

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 

While at the meeting, come see which volunteer projects will be honored as "Exemplary Project" Award Winners.

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.

Contest Rules;  All entries must be the original work of and submitted by a Master Naturalist volunteer.  Photos must be Texas-specific (i.e., taken in Texas).  Entries are limited to one per category per individual.  Photographs should be 8x10 and mounted on a stiff backing for display purposes. The photos must be unmatted, unframed, and have no digital enhancements. Categories: (1) Plants, (2) Wildlife, (3) Scenic and (4) Master Naturalist at Work/Play.  Art entries may include original drawings, paintings, carvings and sculpture, etc. Art entries compete in one of three categories:  (a) drawings & paintings, (b) sculpture and (c) sewing/stitchery. 


Returning this Year—A Fund Raiser Silent Auction
We ask that all of our volunteers assist in seeking donations for the silent auction planned for this year’s annual meeting. Our goal with the silent auction proceeds is to eventually be able to offer more and larger scholarships to the annual meeting; to be able to bring in nationally-renowned guest speakers and trainers; and to support the project fair awards and other non-profit organizations who occasionally donate their services for the meeting with great expense to themselves. Special advance thanks goes out to the Cross Timbers Chapter who is taking leadership of the silent auction at this year’s meeting. Please contact George McBride, at imaccordion@aol.com  to list your donation for the silent auction.

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. 

  • Equipment Unload and Set-up Friday morning.
  • Assist the AgriLife Bookstore staff with selling TMN apparel and other naturalist resources.
  • Registration and Information Table:  check-in attendees, hand out registration packets.
  • Room Hosts: Welcome speakers, assist them with classroom set up, introduce trainers, and assist as runner/classroom helper, present speaker with appreciation gift.
  • ‘Resident Techies’:  assist presenters with setting up AV equipment, troubleshoot when needed
  • Photo & Art Contest:  help man exhibit and monitor voting
  • Silent Auction/Door Prizes:  Collect door prizes prior to meeting, assist with drawings
  • Tear Down and Load-Up Sunday afternoon

Contact Information

  • For Program,  Registration and Scholarship questions:
    Contact Michelle Haggerty 
    Phone: 830-896-2504
    Email: mhaggerty@ag.tamu.edu

Payment Instructions

  • Registration Fees:

    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 Department

    Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

    and the following Chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist Program
    Alamo Area Chapter
    Big Country Chapter
    Cross Timbers Chapter
    Elm Fork Chapter
    Gideon Lincecum Chapter
    Gulf Coast Chapter
    Hays County Chapter
    Hill Country Chapter
    North Texas Chapter
    Panhandle Chapter

The 2012 Annual Meeting is provided by the Texas Master Naturalist Program with support from:
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas AgriLife Extension
And the following chapters of the Texas Master Naturalist Program

Alamo Area Chapter    Big Country Chapter    Cross Timbers Chapter     Gulf Coast Chapter     
Hays County Chapter      Hill Country Chapter    North Texas Chapter     Panhandle Chapter
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