Become a Jr. Naturalist

Do you have what it takes to become a Wild Center Jr. Naturalist? We think so!


No matter where you are in the world, we invite you to complete our new Jr. Naturalist Book and become certified as a Wild Center Jr. Naturalist!


Unleash your curiosity for the natural world! Over the next 8 weeks we’ll release a few pages a week for you to print and complete. Each page will be filled with activities for you to develop your skills as a Jr. Naturalist by encouraging you to explore, observe, create, and engineer. When you complete the book you’ll receive the opportunity to earn your patch and certificate and become an official Wild Center Jr. Naturalist.

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Click here to submit your Craft a Creature Project!

Cover Page and Instruction Sheets

No matter where you are in the world, you can learn the basics of being a good naturalist.



Here’s your source for terms and definitions that you may find while becoming a Jr. Naturalist.


Week 1 – Insects, Pollinators, and Botany

Week 1 of Jr. Naturalist starts here with the most diverse  group of living things in the world.


Week 2 – Nature Journaling and Citizen Science

Nature journaling is a great way to start your career as a Jr. Naturalist and citizen scientist.


Week 3: Sustainability and Erosion

An important part of being a Jr. Naturalist is protecting the Earth for future generations, learn how to do this through sustainable practices!


Week 4: Herbivores, Food Webs, and Decomposition

A good Jr. Naturalist understands that organisms depend on each other to survive, explore interactions between species through this week’s pages.


Week 5: Herpetology

Reptiles and amphibians are some of the coolest animals around, but there’s more to them than meets the eyes, learn all about them in this week’s pages.


Week 6: Fish

Dive underwater into the world of fish with this week’s pages.


Week 7: Birds

Take to the skies and discover what it’s like to be a bird with this week’s pages.


Life at the top of the food chain is a big responsibility. Get an introduction to the world of apex predators and semi-aquatic mammals in the final installment of Jr. Naturalist.

Earn your Wild Center Jr. Naturalist patch and certificate by submitting your Craft a Creature project!