Polk County Conservation

Junior Naturalist

The Iowa Junior Naturalist Program allows anyone, ages 6-18, to enjoy the outdoors with professional guidance and family participation. The Iowa Junior Naturalist program is offered by Polk County Conservation and other conservation agencies. 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.

If you have questions regarding the Iowa Junior Naturalist program, please call Polk County Conservation at (515) 323-5300.

Junior Naturalist Record Sheet

Program Requirements

The Iowa Junior Naturalist Program has been divided into two age groups.

Level 1 (6-12 years of age)

There are five requirements for Level 1.

  • Attend three public programs. Examples include: wildflower hikes, night hikes, mammal programs, reptile programs, stargazing programs, etc.
  • Complete two independent activities. Examples include: reading a nature book, going fishing, camping, hiking, etc.
Level 2 (13-18 years of age)

There are five requirements for Level 2.

  • Attend three public programs. Examples include: wildflower hikes, night hikes, mammal programs, reptile programs, stargazing programs, etc.
  • Complete two independent activties. 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.

Awards

Upon completion of the requirements, the participant will receive a certificate of achievement. The participant will also receive a colorful embroidered patch, which can be attached to a t-shirt or sash. The patch design will change each year, creating a collection series for Iowa Junior Naturalist participants. All requirements must be completed within one calendar year!

Contact Us

Administration Office
11407 NW Jester Park Drive
Granger, IA 50109

P: (515) 323-5300
F: (515) 323-5354
pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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