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Age

Grades 4–6

Location

Perot Museum Learning Labs, plus 7 field trips to natural parks in DFW

Explore the true nature of Texas.

Do your kids get excited about catching bugs, collecting rocks or tracking wildlife? For 4th-6th graders who can’t get enough of the great outdoors, the Junior Master Naturalist program offers a whole new way to explore and protect the natural wonders of Texas.

Led by Perot Museum education staff and North Texas Master Naturalist volunteers, this program combines engaging classroom training with inspiring field-based discovery to help kids develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas ecosystems. Through exciting hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures, your child will gain the skills and knowledge to become good stewards of the environment.

Classes take place in Learning Labs at the Museum, and participants and their parents meet at different parks in the North Texas area to explore Texas terrain, vegetation and wildlife firsthand.

Once they’ve completed the program, your kids will even have the opportunity to help train future Junior Master Naturalists by becoming volunteers themselves!

Please note that at least one guardian must provide transportation and accompany his or her children during each field trip.

2017–2018 Schedule

This year, you may choose between an Early Session Package and a Late Session Package (SOLD OUT). The subject matter is the same, but the classroom sessions are held at different times and the field trips are on different dates, as noted below.

Early Session Package

Orientation

  • Thursday, September 21, 3–4:30pm – Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • No field trip

Geology

The geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks. Young naturalists will learn about the unique geologic formations of Texas and how to start a fossil collection.

  • Friday, October 6, 3–4:30pm – Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, October 12, 10am–noon – Benbrook Lake Spillway

Mammals

Skulls, tracks, and scat – oh my! Young naturalists will learn about the wide variety of mammals that live in north Texas and how to track them in the field.

  • Friday, November 3, 3–4:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, November 9, 10am–noon — Coppell Nature Park (map)

Ornithology

The basic biology of birds will be explored, as well as the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.

Aquatic Science

Students will uncover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems and how they act as indicators of environmental health.

Botany

Plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Students will learn aspects of plant biology and how to identify local flora.

Entomology

Invertebrates (Bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Students will discover how to classify and collect the many invertebrates found in Texas.

  • Thursday, April 5, 3–4:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, April 12, 7–9pm — Cedar Ridge Preserve (map)

Herpetology

Students will learn about the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.

  • Friday, May 4, 3–4:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, May 10, 7–9pm — Oak Point Preserve (map)

Graduation

  • Friday, June 1, 6–9pm — Coppell Nature Park

Late Session Package - SOLD OUT

Orientation

  • Thursday, September 21, 6–7:30pm – Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • No field trip

Geology

The geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks. Young naturalists will learn about the unique geologic formations of Texas and how to start a fossil collection.

  • Friday, October 6, 6–7:30pm – Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, October 21, 10am–noon – Benbrook Lake Spillway

Mammals

Skulls, tracks, and scat – oh my! Young naturalists will learn about the wide variety of mammals that live in north Texas and how to track them in the field.

  • Friday, November 3, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, November 11, 10am–noon — Coppell Nature Park (map)

Ornithology

The basic biology of birds will be explored, as well as the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.

Aquatic Science

Students will uncover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems and how they act as indicators of environmental health.

Botany

Plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Students will learn aspects of plant biology and how to identify local flora.

Entomology

Invertebrates (Bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Students will discover how to classify and collect the many invertebrates found in Texas.

  • Thursday, April 5, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, April 14, 7–9pm — Cedar Ridge Preserve (map)

Herpetology

Students will learn about the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.

  • Friday, May 4, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, May 12, 7–9pm — Oak Point Preserve (map)

Graduation

  • Friday, June 1, 6–9pm — Coppell Nature Park