Young Naturalist Program

The Young Naturalist Program (YNP) is a free program for teenagers who are residents of Burlington County. This program will allow teens with an interest in the environment to develop a greater appreciation of the outside world and experience all that nature has to offer in the Burlington County Parks System! No homework, no grades, no tests, no pressure, just fun outside. Those looking to potentially pursue a career in the natural sciences can gain valuable field experience and begin building a resume.

Activities

Activities will take place within our Burlington County Parks for 7 weeks in the summer and all are led by County Park Naturalists. Examples of summer activities and topics in YNP include:

  • Biological assessment
  • Kayaking
  • Keeping a nature journal
  • Orienteering
  • Plant and animal identification
  • Understanding and using dichotomous keys

We meet on Monday mornings for three hours for all of our events.  

Registration is required for each week in advance

  • If you register for these online, you are automatically registered for the in-person version of the program held on that Monday at the times listed. There will be a strict capacity limit of 15 participants and everyone must follow social distancing guidelines of maintaining a 6 foot distance. When we gather for beginning and ending lesson/information, masks must be worn. 

Young Naturalist Program Schedule 2021

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Registration


Register for the Young Naturalist Program (will be available May 24 - July 12)
Registration is only available to those who reside in Burlington County.

Testimonial from a Young Naturalist

"When I learned there was a young naturalist program cover the course of the summer I was excited. Here was a place where I could get hands on experience and learn new things about the wildlife around my home. It was so much fun! Everyone was nice and I knew they had the same interests as me. We discussed butterflies, reptiles, amphibians, trees, fungi, and so much more. I love hiking through the different parks and seeing the wide variety of animal and plant life. Now I can identify the different species in my backyard and several plants that grow in the forest down the street. I can’t wait to sign up for next year so I can learn even more."

Testimonials from Parents of Young Naturalists

"I can hardly believe how happy my son looks! He’s already told me he wants to do this program again next summer. He has really enjoyed these sessions, beyond his expectations."

"The program was great. Time was convenient for parents. Participant enjoyed journaling … it helped to keep things organized and helped to remember what was seen / heard on the hikes."

"[My son] really enjoyed the Young Naturalist Program this summer. Thanks for all you did for our kids!"