Register for 2019 Junior Naturalist Programs TODAY!

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 2019!
Six stamps: Junior Naturalist Pin and Certificate
Nine stamps: Junior Naturalist Hat, Pin and Certificate
Eleven stamps: Junior Naturalist Nature Pack

Your Next Session:

November 16, 2019

10am-12pm at

Bartley Ranch Regional Park!

Come learn about the various uses of native plants at the last Junior Naturalist Program of the year! We'll be awarding prizes to our super Junior Naturalists who've discovered six parks or more.

Click here for directions to Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

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.

List of Junior Naturalist Months, Parks and Themes:

January 12: Idlewild Park- Winter Survival

February 9: Huffaker Park- Geology and Volcanoes

March 9: Rainbow Ridge Park- Plants

April 13: Virginia Lake Park- Birds

May 11: Galena Creek Regional Park- Mammals

June 8: Rancho San Rafael Regional Park- Reptiles

July 13: Betsy Caughlin Donnelly Park- Pollinators

August 3: Pah Rah Mountain Park- Weather

September 14: Oxbow Nature Study Area- Water

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October 12: Silver Knolls Park-

Spooky Animals

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November 16: Bartley Ranch Regional Park- Old Nevada, Native Uses of Plants and End of the Year Party!

Register here.

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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