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 open for the 2019–’20 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

Orientation 

Perot Museum Learning Lab | September 27, 2019
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm

Geology 

The geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks. Explore the unique geologic formations of Texas and learn how to start a fossil collection!

Perot Museum Learning Lab | October 3, 2019
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm
Field Trip to Benbrook Spillway (map) 10am-noon
Early Session October 17, 2019
Late Session October 19, 2019

Mammalogy

Skulls, tracks and scat, oh my! Discover the wide variety of mammals that live in North Texas and learn how to track them in the field.

Perot Museum Learning Lab | November 1, 2019
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm
Field Trip to Coppell Nature Park (map) 10am-noon
Early Session November 14, 2019
Late Session November 30, 2019

Ornithology

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 9, 2020
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm
Field trip to Village Creek Drying Beds (map) 10am-noon
Early Session January 16, 2020
Late Session January 11, 2020

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 7, 2020
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm
Field Trip to John Bunker Sands (map) 10am-noon
Early Session February 13, 2020
Late Session February 15, 2020

Botany

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 6, 2020
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm
Field Trip to  Scyene Overlook in the Great Trinity Forest (map) 10am-noon
Early Session March 26, 2020
Late Session March 28, 2020

Entomology

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

Perot Museum Learning Lab | April 3, 2020
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm
Field trip to Cedar Ridge Preserve (map) 7-9pm
Early Session April 9, 2020
Late Session April 11, 2020

Herpetology

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

Perot Museum Learning Lab | May 1, 2020
Early Session 3-4:30pm
Late Session 6-7:30pm 
Field trip to Oak Point Preserve (map) 7-9pm
Early Session May 7, 2020
Late Session May 9, 2020

Graduation | June TBD 

Perot Museum Theater  | 6-9pm

Early Session Sign-Up 

Late Session Sign-Up

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