Join us on November 19th/20th
to learn about Ecology at
Mira Loma Park!
Earn your Virtual Stamp
click to enter the
and End-of-Year PRIZES!
To get to our program archive, scroll to to the bottom of this page and click on each month to access their details and password sheets!
New year, New Junior Naturalist Program!
As park pals and natural scientists, we want to reassure you that we are passionate about keeping the Junior Naturalist Program accessible to you and your family while still following health guidelines and keeping our community safe.
While most of our 2020 Junior Naturalist programs were canceled, we promise to pack our revamped 2021 programs with double the fun!
If you miss a month's program, scroll down to our Virtual Program Archive to experience our past Naturalist adventures.
Check out our program details below and please email us if you have any questions.
What is the Junior Naturalist Program?
The Junior Naturalist Program is a free, temporarily virtual program for children of all ages that brings new outdoor adventures directly to your living room.
Join our Naturalist Educators virtually on the third Saturday of every month as they explore plants, animals, and the environment from featured local parks.
Each program starts on YouTube with a half-hour of educational exploration; our Naturalist Educators will go over an exciting topic and lead a hands-on activity for you to follow along with at home. We will conclude by asking you to email us your Naturalist questions and observations and giving you a scavenger hunt clue to encourage you to explore the month's featured park for yourself!
What is a Naturalist?
A naturalist is someone who studies plants, animals, and natural history. Natural history is the study of natural objects using your awesome observation and analysis skills!
Any child who has an interest in the natural world around them can become a Junior Naturalist! We recommend that younger children have someone with them who can help gather supplies and navigate the computer.
As a Junior Naturalist, your child will be encouraged to explore the aspects of nature that interest them through hikes, games, and educational activities. Remember - nature starts at your own front door, so you can be a Junior Naturalist no matter where you are!