Become a Junior Naturalist

TFN’s Junior Naturalists Program is free for people ages 6 to 14 and provides learning experiences aimed at connecting youth with nature, helping them to understand, enjoy, and protect Toronto’s green spaces and the species that live there. Through hikes, nature interpretation, stewardship, hands-on activities, and games, Junior Naturalists explore all aspects of our natural world, learning to appreciate and respect our natural heritage.

Here are just a few of the activities we have done:

  • Acorn dissection
  • Birding
  • Geology studies
  • Guided hikes
  • Leaf art
  • Nature drawing
  • Photography
  • Pollinator identification
  • Stream studies
  • Treasure hunts
  • Tree identification

Our Outdoor Program

Junior Naturalists’ enjoy monthly adventures in Toronto’s wilds. Recent excursions have included Beewatch in the Meadoway, tree planting in G Ross Lord Park, discovering fungi along the East Don, and tagging monarch butterflies at Scadding Cabin.

Our Online Portal

Junior Naturalists can continue their learning from home by visiting our online portal which offers them fascinating nature videos, downloadable brain teasers, printable nature scavenger hunt sheets, and much more, all made to inspire further exploration of nature in our city with family and friends.

How to Join

Contact for additional information about the program, to get on our e-mail list, and to receive our list of upcoming events.