The local chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist (The Blackland Prairie Chapter) meets 8 minute from my house, so it is very easy to get there for their monthly meetings if I get home in time. A very friendly group of people, and they line up interesting speakers too. Their mission statement:
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. Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for community-based conservation efforts.
It fits right in with all the permaculture stuff I’m already interested in. The offer two classes per year, and unlike the Master Gardeners, they do the class in the evenings so that normal people can participate. I already turned in my application!