Jr Naturalist Program
By popular demand, we've created a program for students who just can't get enough here at the Preserve. Designed to provide a more in-depth experience, our 6-week program is limited to just 10 students per session. Our goal is to provide students with more than just an opportunity to learn about the outdoors. This program covers: upland systems, wetland systems, conservation science, wildlife monitoring, habitat evaluation and environmental interpretation.
Registration has closed for the Spring 2018 semester, stay tuned for Fall 2018 details!
The Junior Naturalist Program is an environmental education program designed for children ages 8-12, consisting of six 2-hour sessions. The Program is a great way for kids get out, get active, and learn more about the outdoors. This exciting, hands-on, environmental awareness program will help students gain an understanding and appreciation of our natural world and their important role in helping to protect it. Students will learn about the fields of upland and wetland habitats, conservation science, wildlife monitoring, habitat evaluation and environmental interpretation.
- Classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 330-530pm for six weeks.
- Maximum 10 students per session.
- Each student will be provided a vest.
- Upon completion of each module consisting of classes/projects/activities, students earn badges based upon knowledge exhibited.
- Students will receive a certificate and master badge after successfully completing all six modules.
- Students will study the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Upland Systems in Florida.
- Students will participate in removing invasive plants and will then help in our restoration efforts by planting native plants.
- Students will study the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Wetland Systems in Florida.
- Students will study the concepts, language, and science related to conservation needs, planning, and action
- Students will be introduced the citizen science projects in the .
- Students will study scat, tracks, and game trails, and will participate in setting critter cameras onsite
- Students will study the principles and commonly used techniques for surveying and monitoring wildlife.
- Students will study the fundamentals of interpretation, how to create themes, addressing diverse audience needs, developing interpretive displays and practicing interpretive techniques.
For more information, please email Education@OaklandNaturePreserve.org.