The Jr. Botanist program is a unique learning opportunity designed to get students outdoors and developing critical observation skills. The Program is intended to teach students how to ID and name native plants of the Sierra Nevada. The program is founded on the believe that learning to identify native flora is the first step to appreciating plants and starting to care for them. Students are given a “tree cookie” to make into a name tag and necklace for field days. They create a nature journal using 4” x 6” index cards and collect specimens from a list of native plants. For each 3 tree or shrub a student can identify they earn a colored bead to go on their necklace. There are 6 levels (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) or 18 plants required to become certified as a Jr. Botanist.