Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter Celebrates More Than 20,000 Service Hours in 2020

Elise Spain

Members of the Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter, serving Denton, Wise, and Cooke counties, recorded more than 20,000 service hours in 2020. Before the COVID pandemic, volunteers were active in nearly 40 projects that ranged from helping in the Denton County AgriLife office, to clearing trails at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center and Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area. Then, following state and county guidelines, the service changed to mostly solo work and virtual meetings, but much of the good work continued. Now, with the hope of vaccinations and warm weather before us, the Master Naturalists are making plans for 2021. To find out more about this program, visit the Elm Fork Chapter website at www.txmn.org/elmfork.

The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist program 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, for the State of Texas.

Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter is one of nearly 50 chapters across the state. Formed in 1999, the chapter has grown to 200 active members. Information about monthly meetings and community service projects is posted on the Chapter’s webpage at www.txmn.org/elmfork.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is supported by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Parks and Wildlife. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is an equal opportunity employer and program provider. The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating. We will seek to provide reasonable accommodation for all persons with disabilities for this program. We ask that you notify the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office of the auxiliary aid or service that will be required.

Texas Master Naturalist-Elm Fork Chapter will have a registration period in March and April for the 2021 fall training class. Individuals can learn more about the organization and download the training application by visiting the Elm Fork Chapter website at www.txmn.org/elmfork.