Junior Naturalists and Junior Volunteers
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary Jr. Naturalists began in 2000 as an opportunity for Jr. High and High School aged youth 13-18 to learn more about their environment, serve as ambassadors of the Sanctuary, become leaders and to have fun and fellowship in the out-of-doors. There are 12-15 students in this group. The program begins in February and runs through December. Places we have visited include: Penitentiary Glen Rehabilitation Facility in Kirtland, the Cleveland Museum, Back to the Wild, Crane Creek, and the Seneca Caverns. We also traveled to Nelsonville to ride the Hocking Hills Canopy Tour zipline and the Toledo Zoo to visit the Karner Blue Butterfly project. Camping and canoeing are two of our favorite field trips. We have camped along the Mohican River, at the Wilds, and on South Bass Island, in Lake Erie. We have canoed the Black Fork, the Mohican, the Walhonding, the Hocking and the Muskingum Rivers. This is a very active group of self-motivated and environmentally conscious young people.