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About Acorn Naturalists

Acorn Naturalists is a science and environmental education supply company, directed today by the same educators who founded the company a quarter century ago.

The first resource catalog, a 16-page listing of science and environmental education activity books, has grown into a comprehensive catalog that showcases thousands of exemplary science and outdoor education resources for all ages and abilities. This catalog is available both in printed form and online.

The consulting division of the company, The Acorn Group, specializes in advancing the field of museum design, outdoor education, playscape design, trail media, exhibit design, strategic planning for education, and program evaluation.

Acorn Naturalists has also been recognized for its early incorporation of state of the art green programs. The League of Conservation honored Acorn Naturalists with the Orange County Environmental Business of the Year Award, and the cofounders and current Directors of the company were honored with the Howard Bell Award for Outstanding Achievements and Contributions as Leaders in the Field of Environmental Education by the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. Details of these awards can be found here.


Acorn Naturalists specializes in the development and distribution of exemplary science and environmental education resources. The directors of Acorn Naturalists, credentialed teachers with graduate degrees in science education, carefully review each resource. Our customer service department offers knowledgeable, personal help via phone, email, fax or mail. New resources are continually added to the website.

In both the printed and electronic versions of our catalog, we offer many thousands of hard-to-find science and environmental education resources. We also offer our entire print catalog in downloadable electronic format organized by category headings (click here to download). Included are kits, games, activity books, curricula, field guides, water quality monitoring equipment, DVDs, nets, test kits, field equipment and many other resources for science and outdoor education. Our customers include educators, naturalists, interpreters, science education specialists, outdoor schools and camp staff, hikers, birders, botanists, parents and children.

We offer direct, personal service: Although we have a website for 24-hour convenience, we are a people-oriented operation. You can contact us directly with any questions - we house all of the resources found on this website and in our print catalog, which also means that we have direct control over fulfillment and can give you correct answers when you inquire about a product or order. We know that when you call, you have a reason for doing so and that you want to talk to someone empowered to help you directly. For this reason, during regular business hours, an individual in customer service will answer your call - no phone trees to work your way through!

Acorn Naturalists is directed today by the same science and outdoor educators who founded the company a quarter century ago. Acorn Naturalists is certified nationally as a women's business enterprise and as a small business incorporated in the State of California.

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