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 — JANUARY

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.