Texas Waters Specialist

Through this program, we want to develop a corps ofCreek well-informed volunteer specialists who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of aquatic resources and aquatic habitats within their communities for the state of Texas. Questions? Please direct them to Melissa Felty, Conservation Education Manager, ConservationEdu@tpwd.texas.gov 

TPWD Aquatic Photo Contest

Complete the Aquatic Photo Contest Form and submit photos to ConservationEdu@tpwd.texas.gov to qualify. Prizes will be awarded to Best Overall photo and top photo in each category.

Aquatic Flyer Contest Flyer PDF (includes QR Code to contest form)

Program Requirements

Accumulate at least 8 hours of Advanced Training utilizing the Texas Waters curriculum:

  • Attend Texas Waters live webinars. If you missed any webinars, you can earn AT by forming a study group and watch the recorded webinars (below) with discussion.
  • Read Texas Waters curriculum. Form a study group and use the "Questions to Consider" or TW Chapter quizzes (below) to guide your study and discussion.
  • Attend Texas Waters Day event or aquatic/watershed based sessions and field trips at the Texas Master Naturalist Annual meeting.
  • Other approved aquatic or watershed learning activities or trainings (Limit-4 hours) 

Texas Waters Specialist and Webinar Flyer 2021

During times of COVID-19, modifications to obtaining TWS certification AT hours (not a requirement but options for AT as social distancing continues):

Texas Waters Specialist - Volunteer Registration and Reporting Guide

Texas Master Naturalists should enter their Advanced Training hours under the "AT:TX Waters Certification Training" opportunity for AT credit. The hours required to obtain certification and for community service are not on top of existing chapter requirements; instead, can be counted toward your annual chapter requirements (except for Chapter quizzes).

Annual Renewal Requirements

Participate in at least 10 hours of volunteer services in the area of water and watersheds.  Projects should be pre-approved. Some examples can be found here.

Volunteer service hours can be obtained concurrent to obtaining TWS Advanced Training hours. For example: after receiving training from an approved training source (TPWD, CoCoRaHS, AgriLife, Texas Stream Team, etc.), a volunteer can use those skills in volunteer service while obtaining their 8 AT hours.

Reporting TWS service hours: enter service hours as per above Reporting Guide link or TMN Chapter policy. In addition, there will be a statement with a box that says, “This activity qualifies for the following specialization: Texas Waters Specialist.” ONLY check this box for volunteer service hours that are aquatic/watershed related. If you do not see this box and have entered TWS AT hours, contact ConservationEdu@tpwd.texas.gov

2021 Texas Waters Webinars


Past Webinars