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2020 MV Advanced Training to be held in San Antonio

Molly Keck, Extension Program Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be hosting this year’s master volunteer advanced entomology training in San Antonio. Training details are still being worked out, but the training will most likely be held in late summer to early fall. Check back to this site for more information.

2018 MVES class to be held in College Station

Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist class.  This year the class will be held in College Station, TX at the Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility on the Texas A&M University campus. This year’s host is Dr. Robert Puckett, urban entomology specialist at Texas A&M University.  This year’s program is a very packed three full days of training, from 1:00 pm Monday September 10, to noon on Thursday, September 13.  Cost for the program is only $200 and will include some meals, snacks,… Read More →

2017 Class a “bug success”

By all accounts, the 12th annual Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist training was a “bug success”. This year’s class was held Sep 18-21 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas and consisted of 28 participants from all over the state.  Dr. Mike Merchant, Extension Urban Entomologist, hosted the class with support from Entomology Assistant Curator, Karen Wright, and Extension entomologists Erfan Vafaie and Robert Puckett. Every year’s class agenda is somewhat unique. In addition to the core curriculum classes in general entomology, insect orders, integrated pest management, and insects… Read More →

2017 Registration Open for Dallas class

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist class to be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas. This year’s host is Dr. Mike Merchant, urban entomology specialist at the Dallas center, along with co-host and fellow agricultural entomologist Dr. Allen Knutson.  This year’s program is a very packed three full days of training, from 1:00 pm Monday September 18, to noon on Thursday, September 21.  Cost for the program is only $200 and will include some meals, snacks, and entomology supplies… Read More →

2015 Registration almost full

There are just a few slots remaining for the 2015 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist training.  If you are an active Master Gardener or Master Naturalist, and are interested in doing volunteer hours on entomology projects, this may be the opportunity for you.  This year’s training is being organized by Dr. Paul Nester and will be held in Conroe, TX September 28 to October 2.  A full description of the course and registration form can be found in our March 27 post. Dr. Nester has also updated the Agenda… Read More →

2015 Registration Information for MVES training

Registration is now open for the 2015 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist (MVES) Training program to be held this year at the fantastic facilities at the Montgomery County AgriLife Extension Office (9020 Airport Road) in Conroe, TX between September 28 – October 2, 2015. The Montgomery County Master Gardener Association (MCMGA) is cooperating with this event. Purpose of the Class. MVES training provides a unique opportunity for Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of arthropod life.  The purpose of the program is to equip Master Gardeners and… Read More →

2013 MVES training cancelled

I’m sorry to report that the MVES training will not take place this fall. Due to overwhelming commitments among our entomologists, the Austin training will be postponed until 2014.  We apologize for any of you who may have been looking forward to this year’s training and are committed to bringing you an excellent training program in 2014. All of this reminds me that the best laid plans can sometimes go awry. The entomology faculty who voluntarily host these classes don’t take their responsibilities lightly and want to make… Read More →


  Registration is now open  for the 2012, Master Gardening Entomology Specialists’ Volunteer Training to be held Sept. 24-28, 2012 at the Ecology and Natural Resources Teaching Area (Range Area) Registration for this event is being handled by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Conference Services. Although we will not close the registration,  please try to register by Friday September 14th so we can order your materials on time. Register online at Keyword Search:  Entomology Register by phone:  979-845-2604   For more information about the conference, please contact Brayla Leighton (… Read More →

2012 News

The information page for the 2012 MVES training program is up! click here.  Registration details still forthcoming!

Master Volunteers do Dallas Earth Day

Master Volunteers-Entomology Specialists got in on the action for the 2012 Earth Day celebration in Dallas last month. “I’m so excited about what we did,” said Judy Meagher, 2011 MVES grad and one of the organizers of the table.  “It was fantastic!” In addition to Meagher, four other volunteers worked the two-day event.  Linda Manduley, Linda Ford, Gail Kahle, Elaine Ackley, and Janet Smith represented the North Texas Master Naturalist program at the event. “What we did was very basic,” Meagher said.  “We just wanted people to understand… Read More →