Junior Master Naturalist

Program Description:

Explore the true nature of Texas

Led by Perot Museum education staff and North Texas Master Naturalist volunteers, this program combines engaging classroom training with inspiring field-based discovery to help kids develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas ecosystems. Through exciting hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures, your child will gain the skills and knowledge to become good stewards of the environment.

Classes take place during First Thursday Late Nights at the Museum — and on Saturdays, participants and their parents meet at different parks in the North Texas area to explore Texas terrain, vegetation and wildlife firsthand.

Registration information:


2015-2016 Schedule



Thursday, September 3 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs


The geologic history of Texas is recorded in the rocks. Explore the unique geologic formations of Texas and learn how to start a fossil collection!

Thursday, October 1 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, October 3 | 10am-noon | Ash Grove


Skulls, tracks and scat, oh my! Discover the wide variety of mammals that live in North Texas and learn how to track them in the field.

Thursday, November 5 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, November 7 | 10am-noon | Coppell Nature Park

December Break



Plants play a very important role in our ecosystems. Learn some key points about plant biology, and put your knowledge to work to identify local flora.

Thursday, January 7 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, January 23 | 10am-noon | Coppell Nature Park

Aquatic Science

Discover the many small organisms inhabiting local aquatic systems, and learn how they act as indicators of environmental health.

Thursday, February 4 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, February 20 | 10am-noon | John Bunker Sands


Explore the basic biology of birds as you discover the keys to identifying them by sight and sound.

Thursday, March 3 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, March 5 | 10am-noon | White Rock Lake


Invertebrates (bugs!) are EVERYWHERE! Learn how to collect and classify the many invertebrates found in Texas.

Thursday, April 7 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, April 23 | 10am-noon | Cedar Ridge Preserve


Explore the fascinating lives of amphibians and reptiles through live animal encounters and frog call surveys.

Thursday, May 5 | 6-7:30pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

Saturday, May 14 | 7-9pm | White Rock Lake

Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 2 | 6-8pm | Perot Museum Learning Labs

We need your expertise!

We need volunteers to help out during the different classroom and field sessions. We are looking for folks with strong backgrounds in the above listed topics! Please sign up for the classroom or field session you would be most comfortable with. Volunteers are required to attend an orientation through the Perot Museum volunteer department. If you are interested please contact Jessica Crowley via email at jessica.crowley@perotmuseum.org

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