There's aways something new to learn and discover!

To get to our 2021 virtual program archive, scroll to to the bottom of this page and click on each month to look back at what we learned last year!

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 2021 Junior Naturalist programs were virtual, we will be back in the parks in 2022!

Check out our program details below and please email us if you have any questions.

Junior Naturalists

Join us on January 15th at
Idlewild Park!

Program details


What is the Junior Naturalist Program?

The Junior Naturalist Program is a free, outdoor program for children of all ages that helps families explore local parks while learning something new about nature!


Join our Naturalist Educators on the third Saturday of every month as they explore plants, animals, and the environment from featured local parks.


Each program will be hosted in a different park around the Truckee Meadows. You'll be able to stop by to meet the Naturalist Educators, explore the park, and learn about the month's exciting topic through hands-on activities.






What is a Naturalist?

A Naturalist is someone who studies nature--the natural history of the plants, animals, and other things in their environment. You use your awesome observation and analysis skills to become a Naturalist! 

Any child who has an interest in the natural world around them can become a Junior Naturalist! An adult must accompany their Junior Naturalist to the programs. 


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!