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2021 Entomology Advanced Specialist Training- registration open!

The link to register and a blurb about the program is below: The Master Volunteer Entomology Advanced Training Certification is going virtual this year! Over the course of 8 weeks and over 32 instructional hours, you can gain a greater understanding of entomology, integrated pest management in the garden, landscape and home, be able to identify common insects, spiders and arthropods in Texas, learn about butterfly gardening and native pollinators and much more. iNaturalist training, invasive insects to watch in Texas, medical entomology, using dichotomous keys for… Read More →

Entomology Advanced Training for Master Gardeners & Master Naturalists

The regular, week long training has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID, but we are hosting a four part online Zoom training for you to get your entomology fix! Time for each meeting: 6-7:30pm October 6 – Entomology 101 & How to ID Common Insect OrdersOctober 7 – Native Pollinators & Pollinator GardeningOctober 13 – Veggie Pest ManagementOctober 14 – Landscape and Ornamental Pest Management Presenters include: Molly Keck, Erfan Vafaie, Wizzie Brown Register here: Cost is $25 for all four sessions.  Presentations will be live and… Read More →

2020 Master Volunteer entomology advanced training postponed

Due to current concerns with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID -19), we are not going to be holding an in person training for the master volunteer entomology advanced training in 2020.  We hope to return to in person trainings in 2021, but we are hoping to get a web training together for this year. In coming weeks I plan on creating a blog on this site to keep you updated on entomology advanced training opportunities and creating a way that you can sign up to have new posts sent to you… Read More →

Registration closed for 2017 Entomology class

Registration for the 2017 Entomology Specialist class is now closed. If you submitted an application you should be notified within the next week whether you have been selected for this year’s class.  We are sorry that we are not able to accommodate everyone interested in advanced entomology training this year. The MVES training is offered nearly every year, although the location changes each year.  Be sure to check here for information next spring, about next year’s class.

2017 Entomology Specialist Class Scheduled for Dallas

This year’s Entomology Specialist Training will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center on Coit Road in north Dallas.  Scheduled for the week of September 18, exact dates and times have not been decided. This fall’s training will include local field trips to great collecting locations, and will feature a variety of guest trainers and past graduates of the course.  Mark your calendars and keep checking with this website for the latest information about the 2017 training class.

2016 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist training scheduled

Molly Keck, urban IPM program specialist in Bexar County, is putting together the 2016 MVES training in San Antonio.  And believe me it’s going to be GREAT!  Huge!  Here’s her description: September 26 (noon) – September 29, 2016 (noon) Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist Training – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Bexar County Office & Hardberger Park, San Antonio, TX Get immersed in the wonderful world of insects this September, and come out feeling like a true entomologist.  Meet others like you, who have a passion for bugs!  Topics… Read More →

Looking back at the 2015 MVES Class

This year’s 2015 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist (MVES) training class was held September 28th through October 2nd, 2015 at the Thomas Leroy Education Building at the Texas A&M AgriLife Montgomery County Extension Office, Conroe, TX. Like our first Conroe class in 2009, the event was hosted by the Montgomery County Master Gardeners Association. Twenty-nine current Master Gardeners and/or Texas Master Naturalists from 14 different Texas counties participated in the training. The week started Monday afternoon, with all the MVES “students” arriving at the Montgomery County Extension Office and after a short time… Read More →

2015 Ento Specialist Training Images

Click here to see the class photo and a selection of images from the 2015 MVES training held in Conroe, TX.

2015 MVES Training in Conroe

This year’s MVES training class will be held in September in Conroe, TX.  Dr. Paul Nester will be this year’s host and is currently developing the 2015 agenda.  The last time training was offered in Conroe was in 2009, and the venue was outstanding.  Registration for the class will not take place until spring/summer of this year.  Keep posted here for more information as it becomes available.

2014 MVES Training Images