PlayOUT Junior Naturalists

What does a Junior Naturalist do? PlayOUT Junior Naturalists are connected to nature year-round through habitat restoration, citizen science, and other projects that support the health and well-being of the natural world. They meet with scientists, conservationists, and environmental advocates to gather knowledge they can take out into the field, to conversations with friends and family, and into meetings with their local elected representatives.

Learn about habitat restoration: What is it? Why is it necessary?

Learn how to use tools safely. Get your hands dirty digging in the earth to restore native ecosytems in your community!


Junior Naturalists are kids and teens birth to age 18 and their caregivers.

All tools and gloves provided. Dress for the weather. Boots are recommended! Community service hours signed.

Come prepared to have fun and get messy!

What do you do? Junior Naturalists stay connected to nature throughout the year. During the school year, members participate monthly through volunteer activities and citizen science projects. Family members are encouraged to share outdoor and education experiences with their students by volunteering at Pickering public programs and restoration events. During the summer, members attend an EcoCamp Training campout in preparation for volunteering during our popular summer EcoCamp.

Learn what kind of conservation work is going on in your community. Meet scientists, conservationists, and educators and learn about their careers. Get a better understanding of our natural world through hands-on activities, camping, and participating in citizen science projects. Earn service-learning hours and improve your resume. Gain confidence through public teaching.

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