nat·u·ral·ist | \ ˈna-chə-rə-list , ˈnach-rə- \

Definition of naturalist 

1 : one that advocates or practices naturalism

2 : a student of natural history especially : a field biologist

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In 1817, author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, Mass., "This day in history," 12 July 2018 Altadena filled out with middle-class home buyers, many favoring the naturalist-minimalist philosophy of the Arts and Crafts movement. R. Daniel Foster,, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Altadena offers varied architectural styles but few places left to build anew," 11 May 2018 Boca Raton, 561-544-8615, MONTHLY ONGOING Nature Detectives Meets 1st Saturday: Become a Nature Detective with novice naturalist and investigate the mysteries of the world around us. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Guided opportunities are available, too, with a naturalist who will dive into the history, plants, and animals of the Pine Barrens region. Grace Dickinson,, "Where to rent and use kayaks and canoes in and near Philadelphia," 22 June 2018 But now, Justin and the naturalist, Pierre Gros, have co-written a paper together in the PeerJ journal showing just how real the worms are. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Discover Giant Worms Invaded France Almost 20 Years Ago," 23 May 2018 Full Frost Moon Walk with naturalist Naomi Cobb, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 2145 W. Brown Deer Road, (414) 446-8794; Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Your weekly entertainment calendar, Nov. 3-9," 2 Nov. 2017 This fine biography of Francis Willughby (1635-72) is intriguingly double-layered, the life of a 17th-century naturalist seen through the eyes of a modern ornithologist. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 The full-day, 130-mile round-trip circuit of the bay provides an excellent narration by a National Park Service naturalist in a Smokey Bear hat, as well as a cold lunch and unlimited coffee. Anchorage Daily News, "A DIY trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 26 May 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of naturalist

: a person who studies plants and animals as they live in nature


nat·u·ral·ist | \ ˈna-chə-rə-list , ˈnach-rə- \

Kids Definition of naturalist

: a person who studies nature and especially plants and animals as they live in nature

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