Become a Junior Naturalist

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a scientist?

Join the Club

The Junior Naturalist Club is the Museum's exciting membership offering for children aged 7-12. The club promotes discovery and enjoyment of the natural world, while encouraging curiosity and exploration in its members. The club meets once per month for an 'excursion', during which members will investigate a unique local ecosystem or animal. Excursions will be led and supervised by Museum education staff, and will range in length from 1-3 hours. Please note: These monthly excursions are limited to Junior Naturalist Club members and their parents only. Club members must be between 7 and 12 years old, and a club membership is required for each child in attendance. Membership is $45 for one year.

Junior Naturalist Adventure

Checkout a backpack full of science tools during your next visit and use them to complete activities throughout the Museum. Measure specimens, use binoculars and more, as you experience the Museum like never before. Complete your adventure for a special prize and earn the title of Junior Naturalist. The Junior Naturalist Adventure activity is included in your admission and is designed for ages 7 and up. Inquire at the front desk.

For more information about the Junior Naturalist Club or Junior Naturalist Adventure activity, contact the Museum's Community Science and Outreach Coordinator Matt McConnell at mcconnell@pgmuseum.org


September — PLANKTON MONITORING

Del Monte Beach

Saturday, September 7th, Time 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Junior Naturalist Club heads to the municipal wharf at Del Monte Beach to search for and learn about different microscopic ocean creatures. Junior Naturalist Membership required. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Community Science and Outreach Coordinator Matt McConnell at mcconnell@pgmuseum.org or join the club.

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OCTOber — Raptors

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

Saturday, October 5th, Time 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Visit the newly renovated Museum Bird Gallery with Antonio Balesteri of Sky Patrol for an hour of feathery fun learning about the birds of prey of Monterey County! Junior Naturalist Club Membership required. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Community Science and Outreach Coordinator Matt McConnell at mcconnell@pgmuseum.org or join the club.

Photo by  Keith Luke  on  Unsplash

Photo by Keith Luke on Unsplash


November — Migratory Birds

Point Pinos, Pacific Grove

Saturday, November 2nd, Time 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Every Winter an incredible diversity of thousands of birds migrates south along the California Coast and the Monterey Audubon Society's SeaWatch initiative works to catalog the number and species that travel past our beautiful bay. Paul Fenwick of SeaWatch will join us as we discover more about some of the amazing species that will fill our skies this holiday season! Junior Naturalist Club Membership required. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Community Science and Outreach Coordinator Matt McConnell at mcconnell@pgmuseum.org or join the club.

Photo by  Gary Bendig  on  Unsplash

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash


December — Tide Pool Exploration

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove

Saturday, December 14th, Time 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Bring your rubber boots or water shoes as we get into the intertidal with our very own LiMPETS Program Coordinator, Hannah Sarver! We will explore this ecosystem and the fantastic creatures that inhabit it as we learn about sea stars, anemones, nudibranchs and much, much more! Junior Naturalist Club Membership required. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Community Science and Outreach Coordinator Matt McConnell at mcconnell@pgmuseum.org or join the club.

Photo by  Prasanth KV  on  Unsplash

Photo by Prasanth KV on Unsplash


January 2020 — The Snowy Plover

Monterey State Beach, Sand City

Saturday, January 18th, Time 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as state parks representative Dave Dixon guides us through the Coastal Dune ecosystem and reveals the hidden world of the federally threatened snowy plover. Come learn about the important role these birds play in our local ecosystems and how we can help preserve this incredible species for the future! Junior Naturalist Club Membership required. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Community Science and Outreach Coordinator Matt McConnell at mcconnell@pgmuseum.org or join the club.

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