Junior Naturalists
Since 1998 Friends of Riding Mountain National Park has offered a Junior Naturalist education program for children between the ages of 5 and 12. The focus of this program is to provide children and families with the opportunity to learn about nature; wildlife; ecological integrity and the cultural/archaeological history of Riding Mountain National Park, the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve, and the province of Manitoba. To date, over 14,000 children from around the world have participated in this summer education program.

Objectives of the Junior Naturalist Program

The Junior Naturalist Program is an important educational tool for Riding Mountain National Park and the Parkland region. To this end, it has two main objectives:
1. To enhance the appreciation, understanding and commitment of children to the ecological and cultural heritage of Riding Mountain National Park and the surrounding Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve.
2. To offer seasonal visitors, travelers, and local residents with the opportunity to have their children and grandchildren take part in a “learning while experiencing” summer education program.


Junior Naturalist Programs are divided into three theme weeks, offered on a rotational basis over the two months of operations. Each theme week is comprised of daily topics that are presented as a combination of experiments, nature hikes, hands-on workshops and talks. A nominal registration fee of $10.00 per child per program (10% discount for Friends members) is charged.


For the 2019 season, the Junior Naturalist Program will take place Monday to Friday from June 24th to August 30th in the afternoons ONLY (1:30 to 3:30 pm).

Welcome to the Forest
June 24 – 28
July 15 – 19
August 5 – 9
August 26 – 30

Third Rock
July 2 – 5
July 22 – 26
August 12 – 16

Stranger Things
July 8 – 12
July 29 – August 2
August 19 – 23

For more information about the Junior Naturalist Program, contact Friends at (204) 848-4037 or email friends.rmnp@mymts.net.

Printable Junior Naturalist Form 2019
Online Junior Naturalist Form