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Iowa Junior Naturalist

by tkrough last modified 2018-02-07 11:50 AM


What is the Iowa Junior Naturalist Program? This is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 6-12 to experience (and share with adults) such diverse programs as environmental education, outdoor recreation, natural resources, conservation and historical interpretation.

This program is offered each calendar year and encourages children to attend programs offered by local County Conservation Boards, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state park units, local libraries, nature centers, YMCA camps, 4H, or any other programs with a nature theme. In addition, it encourages participants to work on independent activities.

When all requirements are completed the participants will receive an official Iowa Junior Naturalist Patch and certificate of achievement. 

Iowa Junior Naturalist Requirements:

  1. Participants should between the ages of 6-12 years old
  2. Attend three public programs.  Examples include wildflower hike, night hike, fishing contest, campground program, hunter safety, etc.
  3. Complete two independent activities such as reading a nature book, fishing, hunting, camping, bike riding along a nature trail, hiking, etc. 

Upon completion of the above requirements, participants will receive a certificate of achievement and a colorful embroidered Iowa Junior Naturalist patch.  Participants can collect them all


Junior Naturalist Record Sheet

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