Young Naturalists Certificate Program

Young Naturalists is a Fall 2024 program for 6th-8th graders that are interested in forming a deeper connection with the Sonoran Desert.

Become a certified Young Naturalist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! Gain confidence, form connections, and explore careers as you learn about the Sonoran Desert. Build skills in plant, animal, and mineral identification, nature conservation, and outdoor safety. Discover ecological relationships through nature journaling. Learn and use your art, science, and nature skills with the Desert Museum. See yourself as a part of the ecosystem around you and earn an official Young Naturalist Certificate!

Participants will:

  1. Gain outdoor skills and comfort.
  2. Build connections to nature.
  3. Develop social skills and confidence.
  4. Gain science and art skills in observation, research, and communication.
  5. Explore future careers.


Enjoy Member Pricing for Family Members: Any family member of an active Museum member is eligible to receive member pricing on the Young Naturalists program fees.

Scholarships available here!
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Our first gathering will be Saturday, August 10th, 2024, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m! Accepted participants and their families will join us for an introductory lesson, snacks, and fun. Afterwards, you are invited to stay at the Museum for our Insectopia Cool Summer Night.

2024 Dates:

Other ways for you to join us or learn more about the club:

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Call — 520-883-3025

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