New Program Encourages Young Naturalists

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission's Junior Naturalist program offers recognition to children who show a strong interest in nature.

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC) is offering the Junior Naturalist Program to encourage children to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature.   Children ages five and older can earn a Junior Naturalist award by attending multiple nature programs, available for free throughout the summer.  

Children who complete the program earn an award and certificate. Participants must attend multiple WCPARC nature programs—more for older kids, fewer for younger—and answer questions about what they learned. Their progress will be recorded in a “Nature Passport”, which they will bring to each event.

WCPARC nature programs include Nature Fun on Thursdays, which occur weekly from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning June 27. Kid-friendly programs are also available on weekends.  Special stewardship programs will be offered to older Junior Naturalists.   Parents or guardians are expected to accompany young children.

 For more information or to register, email Faye Stoner at  or call 734-971-6337 ext. 334.   Children can also be registered when attending their first program.

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