Junior Naturalist       

Students examining plantInterested in the outdoors, natural history, hands-on science, and wildlife data collection?

Then you should join the Heritage Center’s Junior Naturalist program to learn many of the skills it takes to become a naturalist!

Hosted out of the Heritage Center at William G. Lunney Lake Farm Count Park, the Junior Naturalist program is a 4-week long summer program of fun-filled scientific discovery. We’ll explore prairies, woodlands, and wetlands during each day’s activities; and, we’ll learn about the wildlife that calls these wild spaces home.

During the summer of 2021, Junior Naturalists will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Choose one of the two sessions that best fit with your busy summer schedule. All program activities will take place in W.G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park and be sure to dress for the weather since we will be outside for the whole program. We will move indoors to for more serious weather events (i.e. thunderstorms).

Registration for the 2021 Junior Naturalist program has closed.

COVID Precautions: This program is planned as a series of outdoor, in-person activities and will follow the safety guidance outlined in the Public Health Madison and Dane County emergency orders for outdoor events. All participants are expected to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing as activities permit. We will review safety guidelines as they are updated to ensure the safety of participants, their families, and Heritage Center staff. 

Students collecting prairie seeds


Student with seedling

Junior Naturalist Benefits:

Age Requirements:


We are pleased to share that the 2021 Junior Naturalist program is free. Junior Naturalists is made possible through generous support from the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation.


Read through the program overview or contact Micah Kloppenburg for additional information or if you have problems using the form to register: (608) 224-3604.