School Programs

Jr. Naturalist Program 

In-person field trip programs are canceled until further notice.

In the meantime, check out our Distance Learning Page for our new Jr. Naturalist Video Series! Monarch Daisy will connect overarching ecological themes with activities that children could accomplish exploring their own urban green space. Children will learn about bird adaptations, botany, migration, field guides, and how to keep their own nature journal. Our program focuses on giving students hands-on experiences in nature that are crucial for developing a true understanding of the natural world.

Coming Soon

Classrooms will be able to connect with Monarch Daisy and schedule a Zoom Jr. Naturalist Presentation where she will answer everyone’s curious questions and inspire new ways of becoming a Backyard Naturalist. Soon we will be checking out Friends of the Dunes’ Jr. Naturalist Kits for local students to use in their exploration endeavors. The kits contain supplemental material such as bird, plant, and animal tracking guides, binoculars, dip nets, and much more!


If your classroom or student is interested in scheduling a Presentation with Monarch Daisy or wants to check out a Jr. Naturalist Kit, please contact us. 

Ocean Day

Postponed until further notice.

Ocean Day is a state-wide marine debris education program funded by the California Coastal Commission and coordinated locally by Friends of the Dunes and the Bureau of Land Management. About 1,000 Humboldt County students will receive classroom lessons focusing on the health of coastal and marine environments. During the Ocean Day event, these students will gather at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area on the South Spit of the Humboldt Bay for a day of beach clean-up and invasive plant removal. After all this hard work, students will sit in an aerial art design while a plane flies over to capture the image. This program is completely free for schools, even the buses are paid for.


Visit our Ocean Day page for more information.