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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 students to various aspects of the natural environment (see course schedule below). Each 4-hour course consists of a 2-hour interactive lesson followed by a 2-hour field exploration. The lesson takes place indoors at the Biodiversity Education Center, where students explore foundational concepts through engaging activities. The field exploration is conducted outdoors at the adjacent Coppell Nature Park. This combination gives students the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn, develop skills, and experience wildlife first-hand. 

Once they've completed the program, graduates will have the opportunity to help train futureJunior Master Naturalistsby becoming volunteer mentors! 

Registration for the 2020 - 2021 Jr. Master Naturalists program opens August 1st at coppellactivities.com. The cost is $175 for Coppell residents, $195 for non-residents. Space is limited to 10. Health screenings are conducted upon arrival and masks must be worn at all times until further notice.  

2020 - 2021 SCHEDULE​

​​​ORIENTATION*

Date: September 23
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​GEOLOGY

​CLASS: October 10
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​MAMMALS

​CLASS: November 14
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​BREAK

​No Junior Master Naturalist classes during December.

​ORNITHOLOGY

​CLASS: January 9
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​AQUATIC LIFE

​CLASS: February 13
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​BOTANY

​CLASS: March 6
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​ENTOMOLOGY

CLASS: April 10
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​HERPETOLOGY

​CLASS: May 8
Time: 12 - 4pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center

​GRADUATION

​Date: June 12
Time: 12 - 2pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center
​*Parent attendance required.


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