The Kentucky Junior Master Naturalist Program will provide interactive online sessions and at-home nature challenges to investigate Kentucky's natural world.

Kentucky 4-H believes that all youth should have opportunities for positive youth development in our four guiding concepts: mastery, belonging, independence, and generosity. This program fosters mastery by increasing environmental literacy, belonging by interacting and connecting with adults and youth with similar interests, independence by practicing leadership skills and independent thinking, and generosity by participating in service-learning activities. Contact your county extension office for more information (link).


Project group members will meet once per month, September 2021 – August 2022 via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM ET. In addition to the Zoom meetings, members will be provided Nature Challenges to complete each month on their own and will be asked to do a community service project and fair project (such as insect collection, leaf collection, etc.). Four optional in-person nature outings will take place in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer and will be an opportunity for youth to connect with Junior Master Naturalist instructors and youth members. Members that attend at least ten virtual meetings, complete ten nature challenges, and do a community service project and fair project will receive a certificate of completion as a Kentucky Junior Master Naturalist.

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Virtual Meeting Dates and Nature Challenges

Topics are tentative and may change depending on speaker availability.

September 7 – Outdoor Safety and Physiographic Regions

October 5 – Watersheds and Water Resources

November 2 – Wildlife: Mammals

December 7 – Wildlife: Birds

January 4 – Geology

February 1 - Soils

March 1 – Weather and Climate

April 5 – Herbaceous Plants (Wildflowers)

May 3 – Woody Plants (Forestry)

June 7 – Wildlife: Herps

July 5 – Entomology

August 2 – Careers and Citizen Science


Optional In-Person Nature Outings (Field Trips):

These optional “outings” are scheduled for Fridays. Transportation is not provided, and must be coordinated by the 4-H member’s parent/guardian. Dates/locations are tentative and may change depending on availability. There may be an entry fees associated with these optional outings.

  • October 8 – Boone Co Arboretum, Union, KY
  • January 15 – Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY
  • April 30 – Lake Cumberland 4-H Camp, Nancy, KY
  • July 9 – University of Kentucky Robinson Forest, Clayhole, KY


Registration for the 2021-2022 Program Year has closed.


State Contact:  Ashley Osborne || 859-218-0986