Texas Master Naturalists Lisa Franz and Michelle Fisher Curry introduce the Alamo Chapter of The Texas Master Naturalists, one of 39 state chapters. Volunteers with the organization must complete a 10-week course that covers geology, plant life and conservation techniques to aquire the title.
According to its web site, the mission of the Texas Master Naturalists is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The program has earned the Wildlife Management Institute’s Presidents’ 2000 Award, the National Audubon Society’s 2001 Habitat Hero’s Award, the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission’s 2001 Environmental Excellence Award, and Texas A&M University’s 2001 Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Partnership. In 2005 program earned the U.S. Department of Interior’s “Take Pride in America” award.