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Junior Master Naturalist Program

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Junior Master Naturalist: Explore the True Nature of Texas

Open to 4th - 6th graders, September - May

Biodiversity Education Center at Coppell Nature Park

Led by the Biodiversity Center's educational staff and North Texas Master Naturalist volunteers, this program combines engaging classroom training with inspiring field-based discovery to help young people develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas' ecosystems. Through hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures, students will gain the knowledge and skills to become a lover of nature and responsible steward of the environment.

The Junior Master Naturalist program includes seven courses that introduce different aspects of the natural environment. Each course consists of one classroom lesson followed by a field trip practicum. Classes take place at the Biodiversity Education Center, where students explore foundational concepts through engaging activities. Each Field trip is hosted at various conservation sites throughout North Texas. These practicums give students the opportunity to apply the concepts they learned in class, develop skills, and experience wildlife first-hand.

Once they've completed the program, graduates will have the opportunity to help train future Junior Master Naturalists by becoming volunteers themselves!

Register to join the 2019 - 2020 Jr. Master Naturalists at cop​pellactivities.com. The cost is $135 for Coppell residents, $145 for non-residents. Space is limited.

Please note that at least one guardian must provide transportation and accompany his or her children during each field trip activity.​​

2019 - 2020 SCHEDULE​

​​​ORIENTATION*

Date: September 16
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center
*NO FIELD TRIP*

​GEOLOGY

​CLASS: October 21
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: October 26*
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Benbrook Spillway

​MAMMALS

​CLASS: November 11
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: November 16*
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Coppell Nature Park

​BREAK

​No Junior Master Naturalist classes or field trips during December.

​ORNITHOLOGY

​CLASS: January 13
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: January 25*
Time: 8 - 10am
Location: Connemara Conservancy

​AQUATIC

​CLASS: February 10
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: February 15*
Time: 1 - 3pm
Location: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

​BOTANY

​CLASS: March 16
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: March 28*
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

​ENTOMOLOGY

​CLASS: April 6
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: April 18*
Time: 10am - 12pm
Location: TBD

​HERPETOLOGY

​CLASS: May 4
Time: 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

FIELD TRIP: May 16*
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: Oak Point Nature Preserve

​GRADUATION*

​Date: June 1
Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center
​*Pa​rent attendance required.


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