Mommy & Me

Junior Explorers Class

Bob Jones Nature Center offers Junior Explorers classes during the school year (January-May and September-December), generally on the second Thursday of the month. This is a unique Mommy and Me experience for parents and their infant-3 year olds! Each month features a different nature theme with corresponding crafts and activities.

The Junior Explorers class will allow you and your child to interact with other participants, play with sensory toys, manipulatives, use interactive videos and curriculum and explore our trails for only $10 a class (for one pair). Plan on attending often? Join the Junior Explorers Membership for $50 (for one pair) and get FREE admission to the Junior Explorers Class for a year. Plus Explore With Me Members receive exclusive access to the Junior Explorers Room at any time during business hours (except during the summer months).

For our upcoming classes and to sign up, please click here. Or, to sign up for an Explore With Me Membership, please click here.

As monthly dates and themes are finalized, the classes are added to the BJNC Calendar and our Facebook Events.

For more details, please call 817-491-6333 or email

About the Mommy and Me Instructors:

Dan Friedman, Education Coordinator

Dan has developed and taught educational programs for a variety of non-profit organizations. Most recently, he coordinated the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Schoolyard Investigations Program, which offered outdoor, hands-on nature lessons to elementary school students in the Dallas area – there, he also led the eco-investigation field trip program, conservation workshop and summer camps. In the past, Dan coordinated family-centered community programs for the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Division, providing arts, recreational and educational experiences. He also led outdoor and classroom activities for two years at Kent Place Camp in New Jersey, his home state. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a research focus on nature writing, and Environmental Studies.

Robin Swindle, Instructor

Robin brings over a decade of experience developing, administrating and teaching to Bob Jones Nature Center. She has taught students from nursery to college age, as well as organized and led educational workshops for adults. Robin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Biology from Baylor University. She has also been certified as a Master Naturalist and is a long-time member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas County Lepidopterist Society and of course Bob Jones Nature Center. This is Robin’s third year as an instructor at Bob Jones Nature Center.

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