Kids outside collecting bugs in a forest environment.

Explore the environment around you

Junior Master Naturalist

  • Good for

    Grades 4-6

  • Location

    Learning Labs, plus seven field trips to natural parks in DFW

  • Price

    Members: $160
    Non-Members: $180

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.

Registration is now closed for the 2018–’19 school year.

  • Good for

    Grades 4-6

  • Location

    Learning Labs, plus seven field trips to natural parks in DFW

  • Price

    Members: $160
    Non-Members: $180

Explore the True Nature of Texas

Led by Perot Museum's educational 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 a steward of the environment.

Classes take place in the Museum's Learning Labs, and participants and their parents will meet at different parks in the North Texas area to explore Texas terrain, vegetation, and wildlife firsthand. On class days, the early session will meet from 3-4:30pm, and the late session will meet from 6-7:30pm. 

Once they’ve completed the program, your kids will 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.

Upcoming Dates


Perot Museum Learning Lab | September 27, 2018
No field trip


Perot Museum Learning Lab  | October 4, 2018
Field Trip to Benbrook Spillway (map) 10am-noon
Early Session October 11, 2018
Late Session October 13, 2018


Perot Museum Learning Lab  | November 2, 2018
Field Trip to Coppell Nature Park (map) 10am-noon
Early Session November 8, 2018
Late Session November 3, 2018


The basic biology of birds will be explored, as well as the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.
Perot Museum Learning Lab  | January 3, 2019
Field trip to John Bunker Sands Wetland Center (map) 10am-noon
Early Session January 10, 2019
Late Session January 5, 2019

Aquatic Science

Students will uncover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems and how they act as indicators of environmental health.
Perot Museum Learning Lab  | February 1, 2019
Field Trip to Trinity River Audubon Center (map) 10am-noon
Early Session February 7, 2019
Late Session February 9, 2019


Plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Students will learn aspects of plant biology and how to identify local flora.
Perot Museum Learning Lab | March 8, 2019
Field Trip to  Scyene Overlook in the Great Trinity Forest (map) 10am-noon
Early Session March 28, 2019
Late Session March 30, 2019


Invertebrates (Bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Students will discover how to classify and collect the many invertebrates found in Texas.
Perot Museum Learning Lab | April 5
Field trip to Cedar Ridge Preserve (map) 7-9pm
Early Session April 11, 2019
Late Session April 13, 2019


Students will learn about the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.
Perot Museum Learning Lab | Thursday, May 2, 2019
Field trip to Oak Point Preserve (map) 7-9pm
Early Session May 16, 2019
Late Session May 18, 2019

Graduation | June 6, 2019

Perot Museum Theater  | 6-9pm


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