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Become a Junior Naturalist

The Junior Naturalist guide books gives children the opportunity to test their environmental knowledge while teaching them more about Tenafly Nature Center.

The Guide Book

There are four guide books available throughout the year, one for each season.

Designed for children four to twelve years of age the colorful activity guide book of the Junior Naturalist Program contains helpful hints to make the completion of the guide book a family affair. There are also tips throughout the guide book to help parents have a safe and memorable visit with things to learn for all ages.

The last activity, to be done by all children, regardless of their age, is a question and answer activity. This inquiry based activity allows the children- and adults- to think back on their visit and obtain answers to any questions they had about the things they experienced or learned about.

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: $5 per guide book.

How It Works

  1. Request a Junior Naturalist seasonal guide book at the visitors center.

  2. Find your age group's symbol.

    The guide book is separated in to three sections:
    • All ages = acorn symbol
    • Ages 7+ = oak tree symbol
    • Ages 10+ = squirrel symbol
    1. Complete all the activities for your age group.

      Older children should attempt all of the activities in the guide book. The book can be completed individually or as a family.

    2. Bring the book back to the visitors center for review by at TNC Educator.

      When the guide is completed, bring it to a TNC educator, who will review the answers and give the child a certificate official Junior Naturalist patch (one per guide book).
    Complete all four guide book to become a Master Oak All Star Naturalist.

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