Junior Naturalist Program

About Our Program

The Junior Naturalist Program was created in 1998 to meet the need for quality programming for teens at Discovery Park. Junior Naturalists must have a desire to work, interact with young children, be motivated to become a role model, learn leadership skills, and have an interest in the natural environment.

Information about the summer 2017 Junior Naturalist Program will be available by January 2017.

Mission Statement

To provide an opportunity for people, 13-16 years old, to learn about nature and develop leadership skills while promoting stewardship at Discovery Park and in the community.


  1. To increase confidence
  2. To develop communication, public speaking, and leadership skills
  3. To increase knowledge of the natural history of Discovery Park
  4. To promote stewardship at Discovery Park and in the community
  5. To encourage community involvement through volunteering

Typical Responsibilities of a Junior Naturalist While Volunteering at Nature Daycamp

  • Assisting with group management
  • Leading songs, games, and activities
  • Gathering materials and supplies
  • Learning new things about nature
  • Being a positive role model for campers
  • Helping clean up
  • Helping set up and run the Nature Daycamp Festival

Junior Naturalist Training

Junior Naturalists participate in several hours of mandatory training prior to volunteering for Discovery Park Nature Daycamp. Our goals for training are to:

  • Have fun
  • Meet new friends and become part of the Junior Naturalist team
  • Explore the various habitats of Discovery Park
  • Develop skills for leading games and songs
  • Learn group/behavior management techniques