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The Jr. Naturalist Program is offered through the Orange County Environmental Protection Division to provide opportunities for students, ages 8-14, to learn about nature through outdoor exploration, environmental activities and wildlife interaction. All classes are free and open to the public. Space is limited and varies per class. If registration is full, you may select to be added to the waitlist. Please note that most of our classes are held on conservation properties that do not have restrooms or other public facilities.

We have a new feature to this season’s Jr. Naturalist program. During each class we will have a nature journaling session, where we will be utilizing different art medias to create your very own nature journal. Participants attending the September class will receive their own Jr. Naturalist nature journal. Each class you attend after that we will add more memories!


Attention scout and group leaders!

If you would like to have your group attend of one our Jr. Naturalist programs please contact us separately to make a reservation. We are more than happy to accommodate your group and can register your participants to ensure a spot for everyone.

For more information contact Marcia Anderson Clark at marcia.anderson@ocfl.net or 407-836-1529


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Fall 2018 Schedule*

October 20th- Spectacular Spinning Spiders and Twilight Hike

5-6:30 p.m.

It wouldn’t be a spooktacular October without spectacular spiders. Join us for an evening class on spiders and a twilight hike. EPD staff will lead you through the beautiful property of Oakland Nature Preserve. We will be highlighting our favorite eight legged friends and their spectacular web spinning techniques.

*The location of this class has changed from Johns Lake to Oakland Nature Preserve.*

Location: Oakland Nature Preserve

747 Machete Trail

Oakland, FL 34760


November 10th- Florida's Geology Rocks

10-11:30 a.m.

Do you know which rock floats and which one fizzles? Some even glow! Join us this November are we lead a geology exploration on Florida’s natural rocks, crystals, and fossils. This class will explore geology basics such as the rock cycle, rock types, and identification using hands-on activities.

Location: IFAS Extension Center

6021 South Conway Road

Orlando, FL 32812-3604


Spring 2019 Schedule*

January- Tree Cookies

10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Lake Lucie Conservation Area

43 Rainey Road

Apopka, Florida 32712


Feburary- Wildflower Walk

10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Sandhill Preserve

5611 Plymouth Sorrento Rd.

Apopka, FL 32712


March- Frogs and Calls

10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Johns Lake Conservation Area

880 Avalon Road
Winter Garden, FL 34787

April- Gopher Tortoise Day

10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Savage Christmas Creek

11046 NW Christmas Rd.
Christmas, FL 32709


May- Survivor Hike

10-11:30 a.m.

Location: Pine Lily Preserve

1401 S County Road 13

Orlando, FL 32833




*Activity schedule and topic are subject to change.

Registration dates will open individually, as each activity date is completed.

By registering for a class, you agree to the following Orange County waivers and photo/video release forms:

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