Junior Master Naturalist Program

Ranger JennyIntroduction and Resources

Welcome to the Junior Master Naturalist Program.  This program is designed to provide youth and adults an engaging introduction to Oregon diverse ecoregions, ecosystems, and natural resources. 

Outdoor School Support

See how the Jr. Master Naturalist Program provides uses with information to meet the OSU Extension Service’s program characteristics reporting requirements for concept areas, content areas and instructional strategies.  (ODS reporting doc)

Jr. Master Naturalis Information handout for planning outdoor schools

Curriculum and Resources

The program is divided into six units, each containing four or five lessons.  Some lessons are best done in the classroom, others in the field.  Data collection sheets are provided for each unit; ideally there will be a field experience provide for each topic. Click here for information on participating in OSU’s adult version of the Oregon Master Naturalist program.

The Six Units of theJunior Masters Naturalist Program:

Ecoregion information sheets:

These information sheets should be downloaded and printed as there are used in several of the units

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS):

The eight Science and Engineering Practices that the NGSS Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn are listed below:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

For lessons where students have the opportunity to learn these practices the numbers of the applicable practices are listed following the lesson title in parenthesize.

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