By WVUA 23 Web Writer Haleigh Amend

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– Young explorers in West Alabama will have an opportunity to delve into the natural world a bit more, thanks to a new program offered by the Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama’s campus.

“The Junior Naturalist program is a weekend program that promotes awareness and understanding of the unique and varied natural elements found in our very own backyard,” said Museum Education Outreach Coordinator Allie Sorlie.

“Participants will learn how to identify area trees, learn to recognize animal tracks, discover the importance of insects that live in the water and generally become familiar with nature,” Sorlie said. “The program is based, in part, on the idea of the Master Naturalist program and Junior Naturalist programs found elsewhere in the state.”

  • Who: For third- through sixth-graders.
  • What: Five meetings, two of them will happen in the spring.
  • Where: UA’s Museum of Natural History, Smith Hall, at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Capstone Drive on the UA campus.
  • When: The first meeting will be from 10am-12pm on Saturday, March 26.
  • How much: The cost is $8, and registration is required.
  • Contact: To register, call 205-348-7550 or email
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