Catalina Junior Naturalist is a FREE online training course designed for individuals 8-15 years of age.  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
·       Facts about its unique plants and animals
·       History of people on the Island
·       How to respectfully explore nature on Catalina or close to home

Learners will read about the Island, watch quick videos, and be able to download engaging activities that are perfect for any location. They 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!

Course enrollment begins on October 1st and extends until the course is full.

 To provide adequate time to complete the course, enrollments are not accepted after December 15th, 2020.

To access the course:
o   First and Last name of child
o   Contact email for registration
o   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.


Can I sign up for the course after October 1?

Yes. As long as there is room in the course you can sign up at any time before December 31st. 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 December 31, 2020. The course is repeated every quarter. The next session of this same course begins on January 1, 2021. Most students will only need a couple of weeks to read through the content. The activities can be downloaded for future use.

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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