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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 first cohort of Jr. Master Naturalists at coppellactivities.com. The cost is $115 for Coppell residents, $125 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.​​

2018-2019 SCHEDULE

ORIENTATION
Class* Field trip

Date: September 13

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

NO FIELD TRIP
GEOLOGY
ClassField trip*

Date: October 11

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: October 20

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Benbrook Spillway

MAMMALS
ClassField trip*

Date: November 8

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: November 17

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Coppell Nature Park

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ORNITHOLOGY
ClassField trip*

Date: January 10

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: January 19

Time: 8 – 10am

Location: Connemara Conservancy

AQUATIC
ClassField trip*

Date: February 7

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: February 16

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

BOTANY 
Class​Field trip*

Date: March 7

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: March 23

Time: 10am – 12pm

Location: Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

CISD spring break: 3/11 – 15
ENTOMOLOGY
ClassField trip*

Date: April 11

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: April 20

Time: 7 – 9pm

Location: TBD

HERPITOLOGY
ClassField trip*

Date: May 9

Time: 6 – 7:30pm

Location: Biodiversity Education Center

Date: May 11

Time: 7 – 9pm

Location: Oak Point Preserve

GRADUATION CEREMONY*

Date: June 13
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: Biodiversity Education Center
*parent attendance required​


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