Urban Naturalist Program
This program is a new year-round initiative connecting urban youth ages 8-13 with the natural world through after-school nature clubs, our summer P.E.N. Pal Program, and new Urban Bird Camp, and includes the hiring of a part-time Urban Naturalist whose primary objective is to develop programs that: get urban youth outside and excited about the natural world and biodiversity; help urban youth develop a level of comfort being in the outdoors; promote a connection to and appreciation of nature and wildlife, and foster a feeling of responsibility in caring for and protecting the environment.
Public-Private Partnership at Play
The program was developed in response to the 2017 Metro Parks Master Plan goal to expand outdoor education and environmental education for youth, and the 2019 Warner Parks Priority Guide to bolster nature center staffing. From there, FOWP sets out to acquire funding to accomplish these goals, successfully, thanks to friends like you!
Urban Naturalist and B.I.R.D. have since joined forces to offer Urban Bird Camp where youth develop bird identification skills, observe bird banding, and participate in ongoing national research.