Butterfly Outdoors

Young Naturalists

Young Naturalists: Discover a Lifetime Outdoors

A naturalist is someone who observes nature, reports on their discoveries, and shares their knowledge with others.  These same methods come naturally to children, and these programs are designed to help them develop these skills for a lifetime of discovery outdoors.  We also hope to inspire the next generation of environmental educators, scientists, and natural resource managers.  

These programs are developed for children ages 4-12 years, and can be modified for various group types, such as: traditional classrooms, homeschool groups, scout troops, youth organizations, birthday parties, and families.

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Young Naturalist Programs

Passing a love and respect of the natural world to the next generation is the greatest way to protect our nation’s wildlands and parks.  Plus spending time outdoors is so much fun!

Available topics: Wild Alabama (wildlife), Plants and Pals (plants and pollinators), Lost in the Woods (survival skills), Creek Critters (waterways and creek life), Snakes Alive (snakes of Alabama), Birding Adventures (beginner birding for kids), Woods after Dark (nocturnal wildlife), Whoopers of Wheeler (pictured), Bug Out (spiders and insects), Alabama Rocks! (geology), Phases of the Moon, The Water Cycle, and other custom options.

Family fun adventures and activities are also available where families can learn about these topics while bonding outdoors through hiking, camping, and workshops.