Refuge Junior Naturalist Program
Texas Mid-coast Complex National Wildlife Refuge

About the Program

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About the Refuge Junior Naturalist Program

The Refuge Junior Naturalist program is a special opportunity for a selected number of children ages 10 to 12 to work with wildlife biologists and other refuge professionals on projects at Brazoria and San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. Participants learn about wildlife and plants and gain basic naturalist skills such as nature photography, GPS, field sketching, and then apply these skills to real projects.

To complete the program, children must participate in eight activities (two required), maintain a field journal, complete a project, and volunteer in at least one volunteer event. "Certified" Refuge Junior Naturaists continue to be involved in projects and activities, as program youth mentors, and other refuge volunteer opportunities.

Parent Comments About Program:

I am so very glad my child participated in this program. She has had so many opportunities to see different fields of study. She had thought about majoring marine biology, by was a little unsure. With this program, she decided upon zoology, which has always been her passion. I am very happy with all the “adventures” she had in this program and that she was exposed to so many good things! I wish I had gone through this as a kid, it would have given me more options!

My child is very interested in biology. Avery is more interested in animals and how they are researched. The program is a wonderful gateway for children to really experience the refuge and how it works. Thank you for all of the volunteers.

The RJN program opened my child's eyes to the wide variety of careers in the biology and conservation fields. Meeting the NWR employees and learning about their background and training, then seeing how that applies to their careers, has had a positive impact on his interest in science. He now sees how his love of nature and science can lead to a rewarding career as an adult.

I think she’s noticing the birds and plants around her more. She recently pointed out eight hawks she saw in a tree, and some wild cucumber plants growing near her school. She likes being able to identify more types of plants and animals.

 

Applications

The program is currently targeted to children ages 10 and 12 corresponding to grades 5 and 6 (including those children finishing the fourth grade for the school year ending). To apply fill out the Application Form and the Participant Information Form. One reference from a teacher is required on the form. Also required is a short paragraph length essay written by the youth applying on why they want to be involved in the program.

Application Form (PDF)
Participant Information Form (PDF)

Applications deadline
May 20, 2017

Make sure to include (1) Application, (2) Participant Information Form,
and (3) a short paragraph length essay written by the youth applying on why they want to be involved in the program. In addition to mailing or dropping off application material, you can also scan and e-mail, or fax to 979-964-4021.

 

 

 

 

 

Refuge Junior Naturalist Program
Texas Mid-coast Complex National Wildlife Refuge
2547 County Road 316
Brazoria TX 77422-7703
Information: info@juniornaturalist.net
Website: web@juniornaturalist.net
Website Hosted by:
Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges