Since COVID-19 restrictions required the cancellation of the Hoyt Arboretum’s popular youth field trip program in spring of 2020, Hoyt Arboretum Friends have been experimenting with other ways to reach Portland youth.
One way is by launching the new Junior Naturalist program for youth, ages 7-12 years old.
The program offers self-led outdoor activities for youth and families monthly and is free to all families.
Those who register will receive a monthly email with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused projects and activities that can be done at home, in your neighborhood or at Hoyt Arboretum. (The Arboretum grounds open daily, 5 am-10 pm).
Each month celebrates a seasonal theme (January featured bugs) to explore environmental science topics and guide youth on hands-on activities.
Sign up at hoytarboretum.org/learn/youth/junior-naturalists.