Perot Museum Learning Labs, plus 4 field trips to natural parks
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 during First Thursday Late Nights at the Museum — and on Saturdays, 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.
- Thursday, September 1, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- No field trip
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.
- Thursday, October 6, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- October — TBD
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.
- Thursday, November 3, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- Saturday, November 5, 10am–12pm — Coppell Nature Park (map)
The basic biology of birds will be explored as well as the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.
- Thursday, January 5, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- Saturday, January 21, 10am–12pm — John Bunker Sands Wetland Center (map)
Aquatic ScienceStudents will uncover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems and how they act as indicators of environmental health.
- Thursday, February 2, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- Saturday, February 18, 10am–12pm — Trinity River Audubon Center (map)
BotanyPlants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Students will learn aspects of plant biology and how to identify local flora.
- Thursday, March 2, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- Saturday, March 4, 10am–12pm — Scyene Overlook in the Great Trinity Forest
EntomologyInvertebrates (Bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Students will discover how to classify and collect the many invertebrates found in Texas.
- Thursday, April 6, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- Saturday, April 15, 7–9pm — Cedar Ridge Preserve (map)
HerpetologyStudents will learn about the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.
- Thursday, May 4, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
- Saturday, May 20, 7–9pm — White Rock Lake (map)
- Thursday, June 1, 6–8pm — Perot Museum