Junior Master Naturalist

Class InformationJunior Master Naturalist

  • Junior Master Naturalist: Explore the True Nature of Texas
  • Open to 4th to 6th graders, September to May
  • Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park

Led by the Biodiversity Education Center's educational staff and North Texas Master Naturalist volunteers, this program combines engaging classroom training with inspiring field-based discovery to help young people develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas' ecosystems. Through hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures, students will gain the knowledge and skills to become a lover of nature and responsible steward of the environment.

About the Program

The Junior Master Naturalist program includes seven courses that introduce students to various aspects of the natural environment (see course schedule below). Each four-hour course consists of a two-hour interactive lesson followed by a two-hour field exploration. The lesson takes place indoors at the Biodiversity Education Center, where students explore foundational concepts through engaging activities. The field exploration is conducted outdoors at the adjacent Coppell Nature Park. This combination gives students the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn, develop skills, and experience wildlife first-hand.

Once they've completed the program, graduates will have the opportunity to help train future Junior Master Naturalists by becoming volunteer mentors!

Registration

Registration for the 2020 to 2021 Junior Master Naturalists program has closed. Stay tuned for details on how to register for the 2021 to 2022 program! Health screenings are conducted upon arrival and masks must be worn at all times until further notice.

2020 to 2021 Schedule

Orientation

  • Date: September 23
  • Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center
  • Parent attendance required.

Geology

  • Class: October 10
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Mammals

  • Class: November 14
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Break

  • No Junior Master Naturalist classes during December.

Ornithology

  • Class: January 9
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Aquatic Life

  • Class: February 13
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Botany

  • Class: March 6
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Entomology

  • Class: April 10
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Herpetology

  • Class: May 8
  • Time: Noon to 4 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Graduation

  • Date: June 12
  • Time: Noon to 2 pm
  • Location: Biodiversity Education Center