Junior Naturalists

Presented and Managed by the City of Aurora

Join us for a fun educational experience in the outdoors as we learn all about the natural environments found in Aurora. Spending time in nature is proven to increase well-being in children.

Ages 9-12 years


Winter Wildlife

Brrr! Winter may bring cold weather but our local wildlife know how to stay warm. Join us as we make snow, experiment with blubber, and explore how animals stay alive during our coldest months.

Jan. 16. Sun., 1 - 3 p.m.

Destination Space

This Junior Naturalist program is taking off to the dark skies of the galaxy as we explore gravity, stars, planets, and the impact of space on the natural world here on Earth.

Feb. 20. Sun., 1 - 3 p.m.

Where Oh Where Can I Be: Orienteering for Junior Naturalists

Explorers have depended upon map and compass skills to aid their travels and adventures for centuries. After an introduction to map and compass use, explorers will have fun and get first-hand experience using teamwork and their skills to navigate throguh a beginners orienteering course.

March 13. Sun. 1 - 3 p.m.

Helping Hands: Environmental Stewardship for Junior Naturalists

Through fun exploration and activities, learn what it takes to care for the environment and what naturalists do to manage our wildly beautiful ecosystems.

April 17. Sun., 1 - 3 p.m.

Green Thumbs Up: Gardening for Junior Naturalists

This Junior Naturalist program is meant to really grow on you. What makes a garden good? Have fun and learn how to grow plants in Aurora soil and plant a garden that creates great pollinator habitat.

May 15. Sun., 1 - 3 p.m.


Price: $10 per class

Location: Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Avenue, Aurora, CO 80013 Phone 303-326-8380

The City of Aurora's Parks, Recreation & Open Space department's mission is to encourage active lifestyles and create healthy environments for people, nature and community.

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