Junior Explorer

Junior Explorer is perfect for kids ages 5-12, teaching science and an appreciation for the natural world, while encouraging kids to get outdoors and active! Junior Explorers and their families are invited to join Interpretive Rangers for educational adventures in The Parklands once a quarter.

2020 Junior Explorer Dates & Topics

February 1 - Groundhog Day with Second Chances Wildlife

May 23 - World Turtle Day

July 18 - Bugs & Fireflies

October 17 - Creepy Crawlies


Not yet a Junior Explorer? No problem! Get started today by printing out your Junior Explorer guidebook to complete by yourself or with the help of an adult. Once finished, bring your guidebook to the PNC Achievement Center for Education & Interpretation in Beckley Creek Park where a Parklands Interpretive Ranger will check your answers, swear you in as a Parklands Explorer and provide you with a special Junior Explorer pin (like the one pictured below) to honor your achievement!

Once you become a Junior Explorer, join our Interpretive Rangers for educational adventures in the Outdoor Classroom!

Register for upcoming Junior Explorer events at www.theparklands.org/events.

Ben Stout House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Ben Stout House is approximately 200 years old, and is the oldest man-made structure within The Parklands.

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