Bastrop State Park Hikes
The Lost Pines Chapter is one of over 30 local Chapters of Texas Master Naturalist volunteers operating throughout Texas. Our emphasis is on education and service to our local communities in the Lost Pines area of Bastrop, Caldwell, and surrounding counties. The Lost Pines Chapter was founded in 2000 and operates as a registered 501-3(C) non-profit organization.Mission:
The Mission of the Texas Master Naturalist volunteer 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.Program:
Texas Master Naturalist volunteers receive 40 hours of in-depth training in wildlife and natural resource management, customized to focus on our local ecosystems. In return, volunteers provide at least 40 hours of service in the form of community education and demonstration projects, while pursuing a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training in areas of special interest.
Texas Master Naturalist training is provided by educators and specialists from universities, agencies, nature centers, museums, and other organizations that donate their services. The Texas Master Naturalist curriculum is developed by experts and provides a standardized base of knowledge and skills for all volunteers across the state.
The Texas Master Naturalist volunteer program is sponsored by the Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and supported by more than 180 local organizations.
Lost Pines Chapter Volunteer Training
To become a member of the Lost Pines Chapter, sign up for our next Volunteer Training Course. Watch our website for announcements concerning the next class. Classes include Monday evening lectures about 3 times a month, plus five Saturday field trips, usually scheduled between the end of January and mid-May. Trainees receive over 40 hours of classes in the natural history of our area. This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Bastrop and Caldwell Counties and adjacent areas to both enhance their knowledge of the natural history of Texas, with emphasis on the Lost Pines, and to give something back to the community. In return, Master Naturalist volunteers provide at least 40 hours of service in the form of community education and demonstration projects, while pursuing a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training in areas of special interest.
The Lost Pines Chapter holds regular meetings on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are usually held alternately at the Bastrop State Park Refectory or the Red Rock Community Center.See our home page for upcoming meetings.
Chapter By-laws (2006) (156 kB PDF)
Chapter Handbook (rev. 2010) (436 kB PDF)
Activity Reporting Form
Please report your volunteer and advanced training hours using one of the Volunteer Activity reporting forms. Send your completed reports to Scott Moore.
Three reporting forms are available:
Frequently asked questions about reporting volunteer and Advanced Training. Please check this cdocument for answers to many common questions about your time reports: Activity Reporting FAQ
Volunteer Project approval form (for initiating a new project not already approved by the Chapter)
Advanced Training approval form
Generally approved Advanced Training - List of activities and sponsors pre-approved for advanced training events not explicitly announced as approved by the Chapter
Check Request form (to request reimbursement for Chapter expenses)
Texas Master Naturalist Guidelines
Updated! Statewide Chapter Management Guidelines (4-2011)
Statewide Standards of Conduct (4-2011) (60 kB PDF)
Statewide Code of Ethics (4-2011)
Bastrop County Extension