New Program Encourages Young Naturalists

. April 1, 2014.

Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission’s Junior Naturalist Program is filled with enriching activities throughout the summer that appeal to kids who like exploring the outdoors and want to learn more about nature. Activities include making maple syrup at home, ice fishing on Independence Lake and making a suncatcher. Other highlights may include trailside campfires, learning how to identify local shrubs, going on scavenger hunts, reading books about animals and looking for stars and planets. Your child will surely gain confidence as an outdoor adventurer and build lasting friendship with other young naturalists. Critical thinking skills are fostered as kids are encouraged to answer questions about their experiences. Those who complete the program can get an award and certificate of accomplishment and progress is reported in a “nature passport” that kids bring to events. 

For more information or to register, reach out to Faye Stoner at or call 734-971-6337, ext. 334.