Become a Junior Forester!

The Junior Forester Program at the Cradle of Forestry is designed for boys and girls ages 8-12. This weekly summer program combines learning new skills, discovery, and reflection and allows youth the chance to grow through nature. Reservations are required. 


When does it meet?
Programs will be offered on Wednesdays in June, July and, August from 10:30am – 12:30pm. For parents with younger children, the Cradle also offers Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club on Wednesday and Thursday mornings for ages 4-7.

A 2018 schedule with topics will be posted once they are determined.

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How much does it cost?
Each program is $5.00 per child, which includes the day use fee. Accompanying adults are admitted for $3.00. Entrance is free for accompanying adults with a Friends of the Cradle membership or half-price with America the Beautiful passholders.

Reservations are required!
Please call (828) 877-3130 or stop by or more information or to save your spot!


You can download  a Cradle-specific Junior Forester workbook, which includes activities and lessons that can be completed during your visit. When you’re done, show one of the Cradle hosts at the front desk for a badge and certificate!