Register now for the February Junior Naturalist Program!

What is the Junior Naturalist Passport?
As part our Junior Naturalist Program, kids that attend will receive a passport to explore their local parks! Each time they attend a Junior Naturalist event, they will get a stamp for the corresponding park. Kids will be able to earn prizes that will be given at the end of the year based on how many events they attend. 
Prizes for 2020!
Six stamps: Junior Naturalist Pin and Certificate
Nine stamps: Junior Naturalist Hat, Pin and Certificate
Eleven stamps: Junior Naturalist Nature Pack

February 8th, 2020

10am-12pm at

the proposed Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area!


Come learn about wetland restoration and habitat conservation. Explore the unique plants and animals of the wetland, and get a look at this special habitat of the Truckee Meadows!

Click here for directions to the proposed Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area.

What is the Junior Naturalist Program?

The Junior Naturalist Program is a free, outdoor program for children of all ages. Join Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation staff the second Saturday of every month to discover and learn about plants, animals, and the environment in our local parks. A guided hike is included to encourage appreciation and stewardship of our parks.



What is a Naturalist?

A naturalist is someone who studies plants, animals, and natural history. Natural history is the study of natural objects using your awesome observation and analysis skills! 


As a Junior Naturalist, your child will be encouraged to explore the aspects of nature that interest him or her through hikes, games, and educational activities.

2020 Junior Naturalist Dates, Parks, and Themes:

January 11: Idlewild Park -

February 8: Proposed Truckee Meadows Nature Study Area -
Conservation and Restoration

March 14: Virginia Lake Park -

April 11: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park - Plants

May 9: Sun Valley Regional Park -

June 13: Wingfield Park -
Environmental Cycles

July 11: Mayberry Park -

August 8: Davis Creek Regional Park - Sustainability

September 12: Deer Park -
Five Senses

October 10: Bartley Ranch Regional Park -

Historical Science

November 14: Huffaker Park -
Geography and End of the Year Party!

How does the program work? 

On the second Saturday of each month, the Junior Naturalists will meet at a selected park (upcoming ones outlined below). Parents will be asked to stay with their children for the duration of the program for safety and health concerns. TMPF will provide all necessary materials for the program.


Please dress appropriately for the weather and be ready to do very hands-on activities with (and in) nature. Each month we will have a different theme that highlights the local park's ecological value. We encourage you to register for each session you are interested in so we can prepare materials accordingly.

Why the local parks?

The parks provide accessible open space for all the citizens in Washoe County. By hosting events at our parks, TMPF is able to provide this program free of charge and keep them open to the public. Families will learn and benefit together from being in nature while gaining a sense of place in the Truckee Meadows.

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