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Small group with the junior naturalist program hiking through the tropical hardwood hammocks

Junior Naturalists (ages 15-18)

Jun 24 - 28 2024
8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Deering Estate Visitor Center, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay Fl 33157
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A five day training course at the Deering Estate that encourages youth to take an active role in environmental stewardship and education and prepares them to serve as peer mentors. The course includes certifications in American Red Cross First Aid and Adult/Child CPR, in addition to an introduction to basic canoeing, South Florida ecosystems, and Leave No Trace.

This counselor- in-training program provides service learning hours to participants and prepares the Junior Naturalist for experiences, internships, and other opportunities in environmental studies, natural sciences, nature based recreation, and volunteerism.  This course also allows youth to assist staff and enjoy being mentors to our Summer Camp participants during our Summer Camp Sessions after they have completed the week-long training.

After the training session has been completed, participants must be available to volunteer for an entire camp session (Monday through Friday) at a time. Volunteer scheduling will be assigned at the end of the Junior Naturalists training week, once the training has been completed.

Ages: 15-18

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Daily sign in & sign out are located at the Visitor Center.

Cost:  $225 for a 5 day session.

*Registration online only* 


Upcoming 2023:

Training Session 1: June 10 – June 14

Training Session 2: June 17 – June 21

Training Session 3: June 24 – June 28

*Registration online only* 

Registration is via Miami Dade County Park Link.  Create your account today by clicking here.

Questions? Call (305)235-1668, Option 1, or contact us online here


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