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 $25 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 email@example.com
Saturday, November 17th, 10:15AM - 11:45AM
For the next excursion of the Junior Naturalist Club, we're headed to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve on November 17th. The club will gather near the Cypress Grove trail head at 10:00 am, and will embark on a 90-minute guided walk around the reserve at 10:15.
As we explore the park, we'll hear stories of the animals, history, and beauty of what is often referred to as the 'crown-jewel' of California's state parks. The walk will wrap-up around 11:45 am, but participants are welcome to remain in the park and continue exploring. To RSVP and receive details on vehicle entrance fees, carpooling, and parking, contact the Museum's Education Programs Manager, Nick Stong or join the club.
Sunday, December 9th, 4:00PM - 5:45PM
Join us on Sunday, December 9th, for our monthly excursion with the Junior Naturalist Club. We'll join forces with the Museum's LiMPETS program (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), and collect data as community scientists at Asilomar State Beach. We will also take advantage of a great evening low-tide, and hopefully discover some tidal animals that are usually hidden during midday (hint...we'll be looking for all 8 arms!).
LiMPETS activities will get started at 4:00 pm at Asilomar State Beach, and will transition into adjacent tide pools around 5:00 pm. We will explore as the sun sets until around 5:45 pm. Members are encouraged to bring headlamps, and parents are required for this beach-side activity. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Education Programs Manager, Nick Stong or join the club.
Saturday, January 19th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Join us on January 19th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, for an exploration of the UC Santa Cruz Fort Ord Natural Reserve (UCSC FONR) in Marina, CA. This reserve is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System, which is a network of lands protected for research and education. We'll join forces with Joe Miller, Field Manager of UCSC FONR, as well as university student researchers, to learn about some of their exciting conservation work. We'll have the opportunity to explore the maritime chaparral and oak woodlands of this living laboratory, learning about reptile and amphibian monitoring methods on the reserve. Access to UCSC FONR is by reservation only. Join the club for more information and details regarding excursion locations and future meetings. To RSVP and receive details on carpooling and parking, contact the Museum's Education Programs Manager, Nick Stong or join the club.