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

Junior Naturalist Club Excursion

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.