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  • Junior Naturalist Program

    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    JUNIOR NATURALIST PROGRAM allows anyone, ages 6-18, to enjoy the outdoors with professional guidance and family participation. The goal of this program is to encourage children and their families to participate in environmental education programs which will increase their knowledge and enjoyment of Iowa’s natural and cultural resources. There are two age groups: Junior Naturalist Level 1 (6-12 years of age) and Junior Naturalist Level 2 (13-18 years of age). 

    JUNIOR NATURALIST LEVEL 1 (6-12 years of age) have five requirements to complete to receive the achievement award:
    1. Attend three public programs. Examples include: wildflower hikes, night hikes, mammal programs, reptile programs, stargazing programs, etc..
    2. Complete two independent activities. Examples include: reading a nature book, going fishing, camping, hiking, etc.

    JUNIOR NATURALIST LEVEL 2 (13-18 years of age) have five requirements to complete to receive the achievement award:
    1. Attend three public programs. Examples include: wildflower hikes, night hikes, mammal programs, reptile programs, stargazing programs, etc.
    2. Complete two independent activities. Examples include: reading a nature book, going fishing, camping, hiking, etc. **One of the independent activities for Level 2 must be a one hour (or more) voluntary commitment toward a public conservation event. 



    • Polk County Conservation
      Main Phone: (515) 323-5300
      Fax: (515) 323-5354
      12130 Northwest 128th Street
      Granger, IA 50109
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    Agency: Polk County Conservation

    Languages Available: English

    Fees: None

    Intake: Visit the website to print off the Record Sheet

    Eligibility: Open to anyone, ages 6-18 years

    Documents Required: Completed Junior Naturalist Record Sheet to receive certificate of achievement (see description on how to complete the program)

    Hours: Visit website for programming location and times

    Areas Served:
    • Wayne County
    • Warren County
    • Union County
    • Taylor County
    • Ringgold County
    • Polk County
    • Marion County
    • Madison County
    • Lucas County
    • Jasper County
    • Decatur County
    • Dallas County
    • Clarke County
    • Adams County
    • Adair County

    - Outdoor Environmental Education



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