Category Archives: Class of 2016

Can we borrow your old curriculum?

CAMN Members…

Email virginia.e.palacios@gmail.com if you are willing to lend your old CAMN curriculum to a member of the 2016 CAMN class for a few months. We are awaiting arrival of updated Texas Master Naturalist™ curriculum, which will not be ready in time for the first few CAMN classes this year. As such, we are asking that 30 current CAMN members lend their old CAMN curriculum to the new class members for a few months. If you would like your curriculum returned to you, Virginia will keep track of the binders and will make sure that it gets back to you after the updated curriculum arrives.

We will need you to write your name and phone number on your binder if you would like it returned to you, and will need you to drop it off at the CAMN Orientation on Nov. 14 at the Discovery Hill Outdoor Learning Center between 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Please email Virginia, so that she knows how many binders to expect.

And that’s a wrap!

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With our 70th entry coming just 42 minutes before the witching hour, our 2016 class application has come to a close. We may have set a new record for the most applications for any class, and we did it all in one month. (Some years we’ve taken applications through September and early October.)

Thank you to all the amazing people who have applied. Having glanced at all of the applications as they’ve come in, I know there is a huge amount of talent, interest and enthusiasm reflected in those entries. It will be a pretty serious challenge to pick the 30 (and backups) who will be invited to the November orientation.

We’ll be notifying everyone (accepted or not) in the next few weeks when we’ve made our selections. We’ll let you know what comes next, and what to expect.

If you didn’t get to apply this particular year, please check back in August, 2016 for the 2017 class.

Application for 2016 Class Still Open

Val Bugh leading field activity
Val Bugh leading field activity for 2015 class on Insects

We put a lot of effort into making sure each year’s trainees have an amazing experience. Whether it’s meetings to work out all the details of all the classes, or discussions on what things to try to make things even better, our Curriculum Committee folks invest a lot of passion and love into this process. This year is no different, and brings new changes and tweaks to our process for 2016. (The online application is just one of those changes!) You can be a part of this amazing process and reap the rewards. We have 35 applications so far, but would love to see more.

Apply here. Applications close at the end of August.

Application for 2016 Class Available August 1

DSC_6395CAMN will post its application for the 2016 class on August 1, 2015. We will be accepting applications through August (or longer if needed) on our application page. After the close of the application period, we will evaluate the applications, focusing particularly on the applicant’s desire and availability to give back to their community through volunteer service in ecological interpretation, stewardship and outreach. Successful applicants will be invited to attend an orientation in early November, and will undergo a 10-day training course, usually held on Saturdays in late Winter and Spring. These courses – a mix of classroom seminars and hands-on fieldwork – are expert-led and
guided by a curriculum developed in part by Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Agrilife Extension Service.

CAMN Class members at Wildflower Cave, photo by Ryan Lassiter (Class 2015)
CAMN Class members at Wildflower Cave, photo by Ryan Lassiter (Class 2015)

The classes take place at a variety of ecologically-significant Central Texas facilities, such as the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, The Center for Environmental Research at Hornsby Bend, the Gault School for Archaeological Research, the City of Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands, and many others.

20150307_123215Beyond the knowledge gained through intense focus on Central Texas environmental topics, participants often develop life-long friendships with classmates, and valuable networking contacts in the sciences.

More details are available on the application page, and elsewhere throughout this site.

CAMN’s missionTo 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.