Give the gift of the natural world for the Holidays.

Junior Naturalist Program at Lost River Cave

The Junior Naturalist program, for young people ages 6 to 12, is a gift that will encourage your child to explore nature all year. The group will meet every other month to discover, investigate, have adventures and fun in the outdoors.

Programs at the Nature Center at Lost River Cave are designed to give young people hands-on experience with protection and preservation of the earth’s ecological, geological, and historical features through conservation, science and education.

This year… give the gift of the natural world to your child!


  • Holiday Package: All 6 Sessions $50.00 (that’s like getting one session FREE)
  • Individual sessions $10.00

Call or come by Wildflower Gifts at Lost River Cave to purchase the Junior Naturalist Program today!




Examine fundamentals of wildlife, botany and geology. We will also look at how to keep a nature journal and make our first entry.



Take a closer look at food, water, shelter and space found at the park and how they support the various habitats. The aquatic habitat will be examined by gearing up and going on an aquatic invertebrates search in the wetland, blue holes and spring.



May’s class will learn the parts of a plant, their use in the habitat and what to look at to identify wildflowers and trees.  We will also learn about invasive plants, and how they interfere with the habitat.



We’ll learn about insects, then head out into the field to see what we can collect and identify.  We will also meet the resident Nature Center reptile and learn about the basic characteristics of reptiles and amphibians.  Afterwards, it’s off to the field to check our drift fence traps and cover boards for all things that crawl and slither through the Valley, Prairie and Wetland of Lost River Cave.



Lost River Valley provides habitat for 150 species of birds.  We will handle feathers and bones to examine what makes a bird a bird. Bird beaks and other adaptations will show us how to determine what the birds eat and where they live.  While hiking, we will locate, identify and study birds with binoculars, field guides, and smart-phone applications.



During November’s meeting we will take a look at cave and karst geology.  We will learn about the three types of rocks that are interrelated through the rock cycle and the geological history of caves and the surrounding karst topography. We will end the year long class with a wild caving trip to look at the underground and reflect on what we have learned during the year.


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