No matter where you are in the world, you can learn the basics of being a good naturalist. Complete our Jr. Naturalist Book and become certified as a Wild Center Jr. Naturalist!


Every week will cover different topics from apex predators to botany to erosion and weather. Complete the challenges on Jr. Naturalist pages to learn about each topic. Want to learn more? Try watching the suggested Wild Center digital programs to help you as you fill out your pages.

Keep an eye out for the weekly “Craft A Creature” challenge. Throughout the book you’ll be given prompts to help you create your own unique species. You can decide what they look like, where they live, and how they interact with the world.

To become a Jr. Naturalist and receive your patch and certificate, you must complete at least 6 of the 8 “Craft a Creature” prompts and include them in a story, drawing, or creative project about your creature.

Have a parent or guardian submit your work through the form that will become available at the end of the 8 week program.



First, print out this cover page and the instruction sheets. Color in the cover page and add your own drawings too if you’d like! Throughout the book many of the challenges need to be completed on the back side on the page, so please print all the pages one-sided.

Have any questions? Send us an email!