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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.