WNC Nature Center’s Young Naturalist program offers learning opportunities for teens


Students on the Western North Carolina Nature Center are collaborating within the award-winning Young Naturalist volunteer program.

The teens, ages 13-17, take part in actions that give them expertise in animals and nature. They mentioned they’re getting an training by means of hands-on learning, in addition to some path of their future.

“I wish to study extra about animals, and, after I develop up, I wish to assist them and work someplace that helps animals,” Young Naturalist Gwynnis mentioned.

“For instance, we did a stream survey, selecting up bugs and stuff within the stream like crawdads,” Young Naturalist Ashton mentioned. “During the program time, we additionally helped with logging frogs within the space that we noticed and heard and chicken watching and that type of stuff.”

The Young Naturalist program has been round for greater than 40 years.

“We’ve been programing a really related method for a very long time,” academic specialist Alyana Schmidt mentioned. “That modified with the pandemic, and we had been awarded for the adjustments as a result of pandemic. But that will likely be staying with the program in longevity, even post-pandemic.”

The nature heart is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.