Welcome to the Bluestem Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program. The mission of the 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. Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts.
As such, Bluestem Chapter volunteers serve the communities within Grayson County by providing programs related to environmental issues; assisting Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge with Youth First programs, school-based field trips, and trail maintenance; partnering with Eisenhower State Park on such projects as bird watches and prairie restoration; and working with the AgriLife Extension office on Youth Conservation Day and other projects as needed.
A corps of trained volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the management of natural areas and resources in Grayson County.
Bluestem Master Naturalists love the outdoors. We work to protect and preserve natural ecosystems and educate the community about the enviroment in general and specifically about our county and surrounding areas. We are very lucky to have Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in our county, where thousands of birds migrate each year, and we work with programs that are sponsored by the Friends of Hagerman such as Youth First and Second Saturday. We also work with the Grayson County AgriLife Extension Office, Master Gardeners, and Eisenhower State Park.
Fall classes are offered on Saturdays to train volunteers to become master naturalists. Multiple members of a family may participate–teens younger than eighteen are welcome with a mentor: parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc. Check the classes page for specific dates and times and application information.