On December 4, 2009, WR&E received the “Treasures of the Bay Award” from the Texas Master Naturalist Program, Galveston Bay Area Chapter. Margaret Pickell, herself a Master Naturalist, accepted the award on behalf of WR&E. This annual award goes to a nonprofit company that helps instill the mission of the Master Naturalist program. The plaque read “Presented to Wildlife Rehab & Education in recognition of outstanding initiatives in preservation, restoration and education which have made a positive impact on the Galveston Bay Area Community 2009.” The Texas Master Naturalist program develops local teams of "master volunteers" to provide educational and outreach services aimed at the better management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The title of Master Naturalist requires 40 hours of initial training and annual continuing education classes. There is also an annual minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work. Several WR&E volunteers are Master Naturalists in the Houston/Galveston area. WR&E is a partner with GBAC and as such offers education and stewardship volunteer opportunities which serve to advance the Chapter's mission and goals. To learn more about the Galveston Bay Area Master Naturalist Chapter go to gbamasternaturalist.org.