Authors: L. Bonneau, R. Darville, M. Legg, M. Haggerty, R. N. Wilkins

Since 1998, the Texas Master Naturalist (TMN) program has trained more than 4,500 volunteers in natural resource ecology, management, and interpretation. In this study, we evaluated changes in knowledge and attitudes about ecology, management, and consumptive uses of wildlife as a result of TMN training; motivation for involvement; and post-training volunteer activities of 227 TMN. Participants received a pre-test prior to training, a post-test following training, and a second post-test eight months after completion of training. Knowledge scores increased from 57% correct on the pre-test to 72% correct on the first post-test (p < .001) and 74% on the second post-test. Attitudes changed on 14 out of 26 attitude statements from pre-test to first post-test, with participants becoming more supportive of management of wildlife habitat and populations (p < .05). Eighty-two percent of second post-test respondents (n = 125) reported participation in nature-based volunteer activities following training.

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Bonneau, L., R. Darville, M. Legg, M. Haggerty, and R. N. Wilkins. 2009. Changes in volunteer knowledge and attitudes as a result of Texas master naturalist training. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 14(3):157-172.