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 15,000 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 2020 season, the Junior Naturalist Program will take place Monday to Friday from June 29th to September 4th in the afternoons ONLY (1:30 to 3:30 pm).

June 29 – July 3
July 20 – 24
August 10 – 14
August 31 – September 4

July 6 – 10
July 27 – 31
August 17 – 21

July 13 – 17
August 3 – 7
August 24 – 28

For more information about the Junior Naturalist Program, contact Friends at (204) 848-4037 or email

Online Junior Naturalist Form