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Fall 2013 Session

Photography is an important component of the Backyard Naturalists after school program.  You can track the progress of each child in the Fall 2013 session by viewing the galleries below, organized by week.  Each gallery contains a slideshow with each naturalist’s best photograph from that week. Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four Week Five Week Six

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Spring Session Begins March 14! Sign-Up Today!

Why should you consider enrolling your child in the Backyard Naturalists afterschool program? Studies show that spending more time outdoors is linked to fewer incidences of behavioral problems in children and leads to a healthier lifestyle. The program will include eight weeks of lessons structured to promote a better appreciation of the natural world by nurturing creativity and independent observation skills. Study topics will include learning about plants and animals, community interactions between species, nature journaling, illustration and a nature […]

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Session Two, Week Four: Highlands, NC

11/1/2012 Today we were focusing on learning about plants and forest ecology. Even though we lost most of our deciduous leaves in the heavy winds over the last week, there are still a lot of evergreen plants and other plants to learn about in the forest.       There’s even been occasional snow at this elevation, which makes for some beautiful pictures.             The landscape is beautiful at this time of year, and we […]

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No Matter where you live, you are surrounded by amazing wildlife! In this video, we'll show you and your child three easy ways that you can begin to discover these creatures for yourself. The mission of Backyard Naturalists is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world in children through educational programming that integrates science, art, and technology. The program has been developed through a partnership between The Highlands Biological Foundation and Meet Your Neighbours, an international nature photography […]

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Our Mission

The mission of Backyard Naturalists is to inspire a lifelong appreciation of the natural world in children through educational programming that integrates science, art, and technology. The program has been developed through a partnership between The Highlands Biological Foundation and Meet Your Neighbours, an international nature photography project designed to help people to learn more about the wildlife in their own community. Backyard Naturalists is made possible through the generous support of The Eckerd Family Foundation, which provides leadership and support for innovative educational, preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative programs for children, youth and their families.