Youth Naturalist Program

The Youth Naturalist Program is designed to provide a unique environmental education experience for children ages 8 to 12. It is held on Saturdays between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm (unless noted as an evening program).


Children are given the opportunity to learn about natural history, ecological concepts, and environmental concerns in a fun, hands-on environment. Most sessions include a hike, discovery lab or guest speaker and a related craft.


Activities are based in science, with an environmental focus, taught by professional instructors to provide a positive and enriching learning experience.


Programs include astronomy, mammals, insects and arthropods, outdoor survival, threatened and endangered species, geology, birds, paleontology, marine biology, reptiles and amphibians, Native American culture, animal tracking and more. There are also field trips. The cost is $20.00 per session. This program can be conducted on weekdays for private groups, birthday parties, scout groups and home-schooled children upon request. For private groups, the fee may change depending on the timeframe, number of participants, guest speakers and craft.

For questions about the Youth Naturalist Program contact MRT at 818-591-1701 x212