The Heartwood Chapter is home to over 100 volunteers in the Texas Master Naturalist Program.
We are your friends and neighbors who are amazed and inspired by the habitat where we live, work, and play.
Based in Montgomery County, in the Texas Piney Woods region, our group is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to training and organizing volunteers inspired by nature. We use lectures, printed materials, field observations, and community volunteer projects to pursue our mission.
Since 2005, the Heartwood Chapter volunteers have been working to recruit and train new volunteers; coordinating and assisting with nature projects; and offering educational programs to local residents and visitors. The role we play has become very important as our area is changing from rural to urban. You can read about some of our successes on our Chapter History page and our Statistics page.
Ken, one of our volunteers, has become quite the expert on several nature topics and on using the video camera by just going outside, recording what he sees while doing his volunteer projects, and completing his research and commentary at home. He produced this video to show you who we are and what we do.
Volunteering is good for your community!
The nature sites and nature organizations always get their budgets cut. If you donate your time, it saves them money and ensures the green spaces will survive.
Volunteering is good for your health!
You are more likely to leave the couch and do things when it is something that interests you. Being with pleasant people in a pleasant environment keeps the ulcers and the headaches away.