Junior Naturalists

Be an Iowa Junior Naturalist

What is the Iowa Junior Naturalist Program? This is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 6-12 to experience (and share with adults) such diverse programs as environmental education, outdoor recreation, natural resources, conservation and historical interpretation.

This program is offered each calendar year and encourages children to attend programs offered by local County Conservation Boards, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state park units, local libraries, nature centers, YMCA camps, 4H, or any other programs with a nature theme. In addition, it encourages participants to work on independent activities.

When all requirements are completed the participants will receive an official Iowa Junior Naturalist Patch and certificate of achievement.

Age: Should be between the ages of 6-12 years old.

Public Programs:

*Attend three public programs - examples include:

  • Wildflower hike
  • Night hike
  • Fishing contest
  • Campground program
  • Hunter safety

Independent Activities:

*Complete two independent activities - examples include:

  • Reading a nature book
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Camping
  • Bike Riding along a nature trail
  • Hiking


Upon completion of the above requirements, participants will receive a certificate of achievement and a colorful embroidered Iowa Junior Naturalist patch.  Participants can collect them all.