Did you know that there is a naturalist course just for kids? On July 1st we’re launching a new session of Catalina Jr. Naturalist, a FREE course designed just for 8-15 year-olds that combines self-paced learning with optional zoom sessions with a Conservancy educator.

Interested in participating, or know someone that is?  See all the details below!

Moving at their own pace, participants will:
  • Learn how Catalina Island was formed
  • Watch videos of local wildlife
  • Learn Catalina history
  • Discover how to respectfully explore nature on Catalina or close to home
  • Have a virtual meet-up with the course instructor
And so much more!
Learners can even take a knowledge check at the end of the course to earn a personalized certificate.
Course capacity is limited to 50 students each quarter. Enroll early!
Enrollment for this new session of the course begins on July 1st  and extends until the course is full. 
Participants have until September 30th to complete the course.
 To provide adequate time to complete the course,
enrollments for this session are not accepted after September 15th, 2021.

To access the course: Send an email to: jrnaturalist@catalinaconservancy.org with:
  • First and Last name of child
  • Contact email for registration- please use a separate email address per registered child.  A parent's email address is fine to use.  
  • Age of learner

  • Read the message sent to your home email so you can complete registration and create a password.
  • Participate in the course!
If you have questions please email us at jrnaturalist@catalinaconservancy.org
Frequently Asked Questions:

Can other ages participate?
YES! The course is open to anyone under 18 interested in learning about Catalina Island and how to be a good steward of nature. However, the course content is most appropriate for learners 15 years and younger.
Learners 16 years of age and older who are interested in more advanced content, or are looking for a training to prepare them for working in the field of environmental education, may want to instead sign up for our Naturalist 1 Training also offered online. Please click this link to learn more.
My child completed this course earlier this year, is this a new course?
No. There is only one Catalina Jr. Naturalist course. However, to keep course size manageable we run a new session of the course each quarter. Our first session began on October 1, 2020. This is our fourth session. 
My child was enrolled, but never completed the course last session. Can s/he enroll in this session?
Definitely! We know things come up. We’d love to welcome your child into this new session so s/he can complete the course. 
Can I sign up for the course after July 1st?
Yes. The course is self-paced. As long as there is room in the course you can sign up at any time between July 1st and September 15th. We suggest allowing at least 2 weeks to complete the course without feeling rushed.
What browser do I need for the course?
For the best experience, please use a current release of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Safari.
Will my child be contacted by the Conservancy through the login email?
Course communication with your child will be through the CANVAS platform.
  • The email address is only required to create the CANVAS account.
  • Learners and teachers can communicate using the Inbox feature in CANVAS.
  • Student-to-student communication has been turned off for the course for learner safety.
  • You may receive notifications about the course from CANVAS to this email. You can turn those notifications off or limit them in your CANVAS account settings.
At the end of the course, one message will be sent to the email containing a link to a course evaluation.
How long will my child have to complete the course?
The course closes for everyone September 30, 2021. The course is repeated every quarter. The next session of this same course begins on October 1, 2021. Most students will only need a couple of weeks to read through the content. The activities can be downloaded for future use.
Does my child have to do EVERYTHING in the course?
Definitely not! We encourage your child to read the content pages, watch the videos, and take the learning checks. This will prepare them to take the final quiz and earn a completion certificate. The activities are optional. We’ve made sure to include a wide range for your child to select from in order to make the course a perfect fit for their interests. 
What happens when my child completes the course?
When you take the final quiz, you automatically unlock your completion certificate. Congratulations!
What if we have technical difficulties?
For technical difficulties INSIDE the course, you can email the instructor using the CANVAS communication tool. If you have trouble accessing the course, please email jrnaturalist@catalinaconservancy.org and allow 48 hours for a thoughtful reply.


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