Junior Park Naturalist Program

Junior Park Naturalist


Earn patches and certificates while you learn neat things about plants and birds and bugs and other critters around you!

Patches you can collect through the Junior Park Naturalist program: prairie, hardwoods and pinelands naturalist.There are three free activity booklets you can pick up at any Minnesota state park office or visitor center. Fill them out — and when you finish, you'll be a Junior Park Naturalist!


Whether it's your classroom or your own kids, you can get them started with activities right away, in any convenient outdoor natural area—just download the biome booklets below. You may print some or all of the activities for your curriculum, or complete the entire program up to the point of visiting a state park.

For kids to complete the program and get their free Junior Park Naturalist patch, they'll need to visit any Minnesota state park and attend a program or complete a service project. Call 651-259-5607 if you need to discuss other arrangements to obtain Achievers' certificates or patches.

Biome booklets