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Oatland Junior Naturalist Program

The Junior Oatland Naturalist Program teaches children about nature and the importance of conservation.  Through hikes, activities, and hands-on learning, our budding naturalists will learn identification skills, ecological concepts, and natural history of the plants, animals, and ecosystems right in our backyards and neighborhoods.  By the end of the program, they will have a deeper appreciation for nature, understand basic ecological concepts, become aware of their impact on the environment, and be ready to take action in their community. 

Become a Junior Oatland Naturalist

Are you a 4th-7th grader interested in the outdoors, conservation, and the natural world around you?  Read more about how you can spend time outdoors with Oatland's educators, meet like-minded kids, participate in community science activities, and get lots of great ideas for activities you can do right in your own backyard!


Program Details

The Junior Oatland Naturalist Program will take place in six sessions on-site at Oatland Island.  Your $120 registration includes 12 hours of instruction time with Oatland Educators and your naturalist toolkit with the following items:

  • Nature Journal

  • Junior Oatland Naturalist book

  • Field ID Cards

  • Magnifying Glass

  • Bug Loupe

Program Goals

  • To awaken and stimulate a curiosity about nature

  • To encourage and instill an appreciation for nature

  • To suggest proper stewardship of our earth

  • To develop a connection with nature

  • To inspire our next generation to be good stewards of the earth

  • To learn what each of us can do to help our environment

  • To respect the world around us

  • To be responsible in doing our part to improve the quality of nature


Program Schedule 

Meetings will take place on the second Wednesday of the month unless there is a holiday, from 4-6pm.

  • January 13, 2021

  • February 10, 2021

  • March 10, 2021

  • April 14, 2021

  • May 12, 2021

  • June 9, 2021

How to Apply

  1. Fill in the Junior Oatland Naturalist 2021 Application.

  2. Print, sign, and email the Registration, Liability and Image Release Form to Courtney Roberts at

  3. After we have received your completed application and liability form, we will contact you to secure payment.


Each class group will be limited in size to include 10 student naturalists, one Oatland educator, and one Oatland Wildlife Leader.  All participants will be required to wear masks indoors at all times, as well as outdoors when proximity demands.  We will continue to monitor conditions, CDC guidelines, and reports from Governor Kemp as well as recommendations from the Chatham County Department of Public Health.

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