HCA has been recognized as an “HONORARY MEMBER” in the Hays County Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist for exemplary service and commitment to the community and natural resources of the State of Texas. The recognition took place Saturday, November 15th at the HCMN annual Gala, Awards & New Class Graduation Ceremony held in San Marcos.

HCA has partnered with Master Naturalists in the Hill Country region on numerous educational programs. The Hays County Chapter (HCMN) has provided essential volunteer support for the Rainwater Revival event in Dripping Springs. They are invaluable partners helping the day run smoothly, assisting with everything from set-up to check-in and tear down, to managing parking and vendor load in/out. Master Naturalists have logged thousands of hours at Hill Country natural areas including Jacob’s Well over the years as well. Interestingly, Herb Smith won the grand prize at the HCMN Gala and Herb was the very first winner of the HCA Photo Contest when his image of the Blanco River near Wimberley graced the cover of our calendar in 2008. Since that time the HCA photography contest and calendar has become an integral teaching tool throughout the region.

We are grateful to Dixie Camp of the HCMN group for nominating HCA for this rare honorary membership and look forward to a continued and growing relationship with this stellar organization.

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. 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 for 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. There are seven chapters in the Texas Hill Country: Highland Lakes, Capitol Area (Austin), Hays County, Lindheimer (New Braunfels), Alamo Area, Hill Country, Western Edwards Plateau

Tune in to these Hill Country View segments to learn more:

Become a Master Naturalist – 60 sec 2014

Master Naturalist – 90 sec