Fall 2018 Class Materials

Homework

Your homework includes completing a post-class evaluation after each class session and a guided reading assignment prior to the next session. Homework assignments and evaluation links are here. Beginning with the second class, please complete each guided reading assignment before class.  A 70% or better on each assignment is required to receive credit for the assignment. You may take each quiz multiple times as needed to achieve a score of 70% or better.

Certification Process and Timeline

To reach initial Texas Master Naturalist certification:

  • Complete training program: 40 class- room hours, 3 field trips, homework, and participation in the class project.
  • Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of chapter approved advanced training within a year.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of approved volunteer (service within a year.

You may begin to accrue volunteer (VH) and advanced training (AT) hours on August 31.

2018 Fall Class Certification important dates

Class and Field Trip Schedule Fall 2018

Our Fall 2018 class will start on Thursday, August 30, 2018. (For the first class, please arrive by 6:00 p.m.; all other classes will begin at 6:30.)

Classes will be held each Thursday from August 30 through November 15, 2018, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Mountain View College, Classroom W-38, 4849 W Illinois Ave, Dallas, TX 75211.  The November 8 class will take place at Texas Discovery Gardens.

Class and Field Trip Topics Fall  

If you need to miss a class, please contact Alice Ann Perry, FallClassRecords@ntmn.org, about arranging a make-up class in the spring with the North Texas Chapter or at another chapter in the DFW area. These chapters meet in McKinney, Fort Worth, Denton and Waxahachie.  Some are further away; some meet during the day, and others do not begin their class series until spring.

 

August 30 Introduction to NTMN; Ecological Concepts Bruce Stewart

Sam Kieschnick

 

September 6 Ecological Regions of Texas Dan Northcut
September 13 Botany Tiana Rehman
September 20 Geology and Effects of Weather and Climate Dan Northcut
September 27 Entomology  Dr. Mike Merchant
October 4 Ecosystem Management and Urban Systems Will Ford
October 11 Ornithology Tania Homayoun
October 18 Forest Ecology Steve Houser
October 25 Mammalogy and Taxonomy Naima Jeannette

Meghan Peoples

November 1 Prairie Ecology Brandon Belcher
November 8 Herpetology (Class meets at Texas Discovery Gardens. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75210) Roger Sanderson
November 15 Citizen Science

Laws, Ethics, and Regulations

Sam Kieschnick

Sergio Bazaldua

Field Trips

You Must Attend One Field Trip in Each Category. Sign up for field trips on August 30, at the first class. To ensure optimum experience and interactions with classmates, leaders, and field trip environments, enrollment in each field trip is limited to a small group.  Please come prepared on August 30 with a first choice and a backup choice in each category.

  • If you need to change from one scheduled field trip to another, please email Kate Whidden and Charles Cathcart, FallFieldTrips@ntmn.org, to request an alternate trip.
  • If you can’t make any of the dates on the schedule below and need to make-up a field trip, please contact Alice Ann Perry, FallClassRecords@ntmn.org.

Must attend one in each category. Details and directions will be emailed prior to each trip. Times and dates are subject to change due to weather.

Prairie Systems

  • Saturday, September 8, 2018, Cedar Hill State Park
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018, Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area (LLELA)
  • Saturday, September 29, Clymer Meadow

Wetlands/Aquatic Systems

  • Saturday, September 15, 2018, John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018, John Bunker Sands Wetlands (JBS)
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018, Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)

Forest/Trees

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 Buckeye Trail
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018, Trinity River Audubon Center (TRAC)
  • Saturday, November 3, 2018, Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center

Materials and Resources

Class handout materials and field trip resources may be provided by instructors, speakers, and field trip leaders.  They will be posted as available.  Please keep in mind that not all instructors provide a handout.

  • Class Handout Materials
    Class materials are sometimes provided prior to class and sometimes after class. Depending on your preference, print, download and save, or come back to this page. You are not required to bring these materials to class.

August 30
NTMN Overview Presented to Fall 2018 Class

October 11, Ornithology
Ornithology-Homayoun part 1

Ornithology-Homayoun part 2

Ornithology-Homayoun part 3

Ornithology-Homayoun part 4

Ornithology-Homayoun part 5

October 18, Forest Ecosystems

Steve Houser Bio

Benefits of Trees DCMGA Legal

Benefits of Trees NCTCOG Article

DCMGA Right Tree Trifold

ISA Newsltr Sep 2013 SH article Balance Eco w-Environ

Links to Articles–Recommended Care

Recommended Trees for No Central Tx DCMG

Resources Regarding Trees 03-05-2018

VNT Color Brochure for Class-1

  • Field Trip Resources
  • We will let you know when you might find the resources helpful to bring along on the field trip.

October 13 Forest Field Trips 
Master Naturalist – Forestry Links

Buckeye Trail background

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