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 Education Programs Manager Nick Stong at

Junior Naturalist Club Excursion — July

Saturday, July 20th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

The Junior Naturalist Club will head back to the Carmel Valley for its July excursion, where we'll be joined by the Museum's Watershed Guardians Coordinator, Matt McConnell, for an exploration of the Carmel River and its many inhabitants. We'll 'fish' for macroinvertebrates and hike a gentle loop trail while learning about watersheds and the importance of clean, cool rivers. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum’s Education Programs Manager, Nick Stong or join the club.