Being a Naturalist in the Life of a Child

A presentation to small groups

Presented in three formats: home gathering, brown bag lunch, or short workshop


This presentation explores an exciting ongoing role, Being a Naturalist in the Life of a Child. The relationship can be daily (parent or neighbor), episodic (grandparent or aunt), or distant (relative). The role requires no pre-existing knowledge of nature or biology.

As an antidote to modern influences that disconnect children from a sensory experience in nature, the adult naturalist amplifies and nurtures a child’s innate sense of wonder and curiosity. The benefits to both adult and child are countless, and the bonding around a shared interest in the natural world can be one of the most enriching and memorable dimensions of life for both of them.

To explore this role with friends, a host schedules a Center presentation in any of three convenient formats:

  • A home gathering (1 ½ hours),
  • A brown bag lunch at work (1 hour),
  • Or a short workshop (2 to 3 hours).

 For more details, see our Naturalist Resources sheet or presentation flyer.

For information, or to schedule a presentation, contact the Center:
503-227-2315 or