Calling All Budding Naturalists!

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist (JIMN) program is an introductory program of nature discovery and service learning for youth, ages 9-12.  It is run by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in partnership with local hosts.  For more information about the state program visit this site.

In February, the Elkhart County Parks is excited to partner with the IDNR as a host site for this fun, interactive course for budding naturalists.  Two courses will be offered: one on Tuesdays and one on Saturdays to accommodate any family looking to have their child attend.  Each course will run once a week for 4 weeks from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The first 3 weeks will meet at Bonneyville Mill County Park and the 4th week at the Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol.  Cost per child is $50.


The following is a tentative schedule for this year’s course, including fun topics and hands-on activities led by local, natural resources professionals:

Week 1 – Hibernation, groundhogs and animal tracks

Week 2 – Geology, water & snow

Week 3- Invasive plants, winter tree ID & maple syrup

Week 4 – Native Americans, owl pellet dissection & wildlife rehabilitation


Register your child here to become a Junior Indiana Master Naturalist this year.  Registration Deadline is January 24!