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.

  • 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.

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.

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is currently closed. Registration for 2018-2019 will open in late July 2018.

Upcoming Dates

Early Session

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.

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 3–4:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018, 10am–Noon — Trinity River Audubon Center (map)

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, 2018, 3–4:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018, 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, 2018, 3–4:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7–9pm — Oak Point Preserve (map)

Graduation

  • Friday, June 1, 2018, 6–9pm — Coppell Nature Park

Late Session

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.

  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10am–Noon — Trinity River Audubon Center (map)

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, 2018, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018, 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, 2018, 6–7:30pm — Perot Museum Learning Labs
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7–9pm — Oak Point Preserve (map)

Graduation

  • Friday, June 1, 2018, 6–9pm — Coppell Nature Park

Questions about our Programs?

Contact us at reserve@perotmuseum.org or 214.428.5555 ext. 8.

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