Rio Grande Valley Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist announces an open training event for citizen scientists, Texas Master Naturalists and residents interested in stream surroundings evaluation training.

Riparian Assessment Training will be conducted by Michael Jones of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, part of Texas State University.

Training will be at Resaca de la Palma State Park July 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.in the conference room at the park’s visitor center. Training will consist of class-room lecture and field experience in riparian environments. Students will learn how to use the riparian assessment bulls-eye tool that was developed by the Stream Team.

This training provides credit toward Texas Master Naturalist Waters Specialist certification. At the end of the training session, participants fill out required paperwork to receive a Texas Stream Team certificate of completion and be certified for riparian assessment.

Students will need to bring a brown bag lunch, desired beverage, wear closed-toe shoes, bring bug repellant spray, a hat, if preferred, and plan to be outdoors for at least two hours. Students will have access to the book, “Your Remarkable Riparian Field Guide,” and may purchase one for a discounted price of $22.

To register for this specialized training, please e-mail txstreamteam@txstate.edu or call 512-245-1346.

There is no cost for this training. The park fee is covered by participation in the class. Texas Master Naturalists will be required to wear their chapter nametag.

For more information about the riparian evaluation training event, please visit http://www.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/Service/TexasStreamTeam/Programs/biomonitors.html.

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