For her volunteer service of 500 hours to the community, Kerr County resident Katy Kappel was awarded recognition from the Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Program.
Kappel is originally from Southern California and worked as a social worker until she retired. She moved to Texas in 1972.
Her habitat includes her husband, Carl; 7-year-old granddaughter, Cheyanne; a dog, a cat, a hamster and a goldfish.
She completed the 2017 class of Hill County Master Naturalists and is now involved in many volunteer activities.
She has worked as a guide at Riverside Nature Center, has helped construct exhibits there and also has assisted at Nature Day for second- and third-grade students.
Each summer, she samples river water by kayak for the Upper Guadalupe River Authority. Kappel also demonstrates her love of native plants through her work at the Schreiner Park pollinator garden and at the new UGRA demonstration garden.
She currently serves as secretary for the Hill County Master Naturalists board of directors and serves on the committee planning the 2019 Master Naturalist Training Class, scheduled to begin in August.
The Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist is one of 48 regional Texas Master Naturalist volunteer corps. The chapter serves Bandera, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Mason, Menard, Real and San Saba counties. Members receive comprehensive training in natural resource management specific to the Hill Country and share their knowledge to promote conservation and good stewardship in their communities. The chapter is a 501(c)(3) organization.
For information about the chapter, contact email@example.com.
The Hill Country Chapter is accepting applications until June 30 for the 2019 Training Class. Anyone interested should visit txmn.org/hillcountry.