Since 2005, the Texas Master Naturalist Heartwood Chapter has been organizing and training volunteers to assist the nature centers, nature sites, and wildlife organizations in and around Montgomery County, Texas -situated in the Pineywoods ecosystem.
Our volunteers are your friends and neighbors who are inspired by nature! They want to share what they learn about the natural habitat of the Texas Pineywoods. They want to observe, record, and maintain the wonders of nature found in the habitat where we all live, work, and play.
I like the park-like nature sites; but my favorite volunteer spot is the Jones State Forest. Why? I like the little bit of ruggedness. Too much polish and manicured edges makes me feel like I am in the big city. I am currently a member of severl ongoing Project Groups: the Jones Forest Outdoor Classroom Garden, Diversity through Nature Discovery , and NatureLIVE for National Pollinator Week. If you have an interest in Forest Management, Plants, or Animals and there is not currently a project going on to suit your interests, come up with an idea and pass it on to John Warner, the Forest Manager.
Do you enjoy doing things to benefit the habitat where you live, work, and play?
Do you want to join our group?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you will enjoy volunteering with the Certified Texas Master Naturalist Program.
Call 281-381-3281 tell us to save you a seat at this orientation for new members
Leave a message with your name and phone number. We want to have plenty of materials, volunteer helpers, and good morning snacks to make your day enjoyable.
Know all about us already? You can submit your application and fee now to guarantee yourself a spot in the next training group. Otherwise, you can bring your application and fee to the March 8 meeting and decide then if the Program meets your needs and expectations.
Keep reading to preview the schedule, print the application, and get answers to your questions.
You are here because you have an interest in nature! We understand that people have a different level of commitment.
If you would like to volunteer beside us during a nature project or attend a nature lecture just 1-3 times a year, you can be a part of our community without becoming a Texas Master Naturalist. Read more...
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Think that you don't have time to be a Texas Master Naturalist? Could you come to the monthly Chapter Meeting 8 times out of the entire year? Could you donate 4 hours per month to any of the volunteer projects we have available throughout the year? You can? Then, you have the time to be a Certified Texas Master Naturalist!
I photographed the vultures in the Sam Houston National Forest (Texas) and captured unusual pictures of this beautiful, but misunderstood bird.
Vultures can eat a rotten, diseased carcass and not not get sick. The birds droppings are also disease free. These birds play an important role in nature by cleaning disease out of the environment. This helps protect other animals and people from getting sick. Scientists think the reasons behind this digestive cleansing process could be important to medical science.