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Junior Naturalists Program 2017-2018

The Junior Naturalist Program was established in 2001 in response to teenagers who had attended Advanced Camp and wanted continuing activities during the rest of the year.  The purpose is to provide enriched nature experiences, foster leadership skills, and provide social contacts with other teens with similar interests in the outdoors.  The program is coordinated by adult Volunteer Naturalists under the direction of Trude Hurd, Project Director of Education, Sea and Sage Audubon.
Junior Naturalists have a great time participating in field trips and getting to know other teens from area schools who are also interested in learning more about nature.  Monthly field trips focus on exploring different habitats and have included outings to local beaches and parks as well as kayaking and visits to the L.A. County Natural History Museum and Starr Ranch Sanctuary. 
Our program is a good fit for teens who have an interest in the outdoors and a desire to learn more about birds, habitats and conservation.  Our program would also appeal to Scouts who have completed the Bird Study Merit Badge and to science students interested in broadening their experiences in the natural world.
Each applicant must be a member of Sea and Sage Audubon.
A minimum amount of equipment is recommended.  For most trips a pair of binoculars, a field guide, a hat, water and a sack lunch are all that are needed.  The adult coordinator will be happy to help you choose binoculars and a field guide if you desire.
To become a Junior Naturalist, the applicant must:
1. Be13 years old.
2. Have attended Advanced Bird Camp OR earned the Scout Bird Study Merit Badge OR be recommended by his/her science teacher.
3. Be a member of Sea and Sage Audubon - student or family membership is $20 for new members; to renew membership, renew directly with National Audubon by direct mail or online at http://audubon.org/contact-us
4. Print out, read, and sign the three pages in the Junior Naturalist Packet. This includes writing a short essay about what it means to you to be a Junior Naturalist.
5. Agree to participate in at least four Junior Naturalist Activities during the year.
For further information please contact:
  Trude Hurd
  Project Director of Education
updated 3/27/16

Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963