Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Do you want to be a Texas Master Naturalist?

Lunch atop Mount Livermore during a
Texas Master Naturalist training weekend

Now Accepting Applications! The Tierra Grande Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications for its 2014 new member training program. 

Training this year will begin with a June 28 “Kick Off” session in Marfa followed by four weekends starting in August and ending in October. Training weekends will be held at Davis Mountains Preserve, Davis Mountains State Park, Balmorhea State Park, Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area and Big Bend Ranch State Park. 

The Tierra Grande Chapter is a non-profit volunteer organization serving Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio counties and the greater Big Bend Region. Their mission is to develop a corps of well-educated master volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated toward the beneficial management of natural resources within our communities.

Field trip to O2 Ranch

Application deadline is May 15, 2014 with class size limited to 14 new members. For applications and further information contact:

Sandy Lynch
Secretary, Training Committee Co-Chair
Tierra Grande Chapter, Texas Master Naturalists


We're participating in a fun challenge this April, that will deliver bikes to kids who don't have them. We'll also use this opportunity to showcase some of the great riding and cycling resources in our Texas Mountain Trail region of Far West Texas.  What is this challenge?  Here's a quote from the 30DaysofBiking website:

"You pledge to ride. We pledge to give. For every 30 folks who pledge to bike every day in April, we’ll give 1 bike to a kid in need via Free Bikes 4 Kidz.
At 30 Days of Biking, we’ve been growing a community of joyful cyclists since 2010. We encourage cyclists and non_cyclists alike to take a pledge to bike for 30 days. The pledge means a commute to work or an evening roll around the block. The pledge is also what binds us together as a community of cyclists. We’re all passionate about the bicycle and we know the bicycle can make us better people, build stronger communities and help a global environment.

So this year, we want to *create* more cyclists. When 30 people take the 30 Days of Biking pledge, we make more cyclists.

Our friends at Free Bikes 4 Kidz have donated 20,000 bicycles to kids in need since 2008. Those kids who receive a bike are kids who would not otherwise be able to afford one. Remember when you received your first bike and how happy you were? That’s what Free Bikes 4 Kidz does, and that’s what we can help them do more of. But first, we need you to pledge to bike every day in April.

Head to 30daysofbiking.com/pledge to join our community and help us pass along some bike love to another generation.

Happy pedaling!"

So stay tuned all month for updates on cycling in the Texas Mountains, and take the challenge yourself to enjoy your bike this April!

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