Homeschool Naturalists 2013/14

The Homeschool Naturalist program is offered as a series of eight different two-hour long visits to the Ogden Nature Center.  These programs will be offered once monthly from September to May (no program in December) on the last  Wednesday of each month.


 Pre-registration and payment is required prior to the first day of class. Space is limited. Please call 801-621-7595 to register for the Homeschool Naturalist program.

Cost and Payment   

The fee for the Ogden Nature Center Homeschool Naturalist program is $80 for non-members and $65 for members per child per school year.  A 15% discount will be given to families who enroll more than one child in the program

Student Age   

Students aged 6-12 may register for the program.  


Children who are not registered for the program should not be brought to class, including all siblings.  Please make arrangements for other children on the dates of your visits. 


You are welcome to attend any and all visits with your children and act as a chaperone.  If you choose to attend, we would like to stress the importance of your active participation.  Please be willing to help with all children, not just your own.  We also ask that you turn off all cell phones and other distractions for the duration of the visit. 


Our programs will be held even if weather is inclement. Please be sure your child is adequately prepared for weather conditions including rain, snow, sun, cold, and heat. 

West Nile Virus 

West Nile Virus has been reported in the Ogden Area this year.  As your child will be outdoors for a large portion of the visit, we recommend that you protect him/her with insect repellent containing DEET.  The Ogden Nature Center recently had a mosquito abatement treatment.  The chance of contracting the disease or of displaying any symptoms is fairly low, but it's always best to take precautions.  

Program times  

All programs will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.  Please be punctual, as your child may miss some vital information at the start if they are late, and may also cause a distraction for those who are on time. If you will not be attending a visit, be sure to pick your child up on time as well. Teachers often have other assignments right after your program and are not available to supervise children waiting for rides.

Expected Behavior

Please prepare your child by helping him or her to understand appropriate group learning behavior. Raising hands before shouting out questions or ideas, taking turns, staying with the group, and being respectful to class-mates and teachers will be essential for a productive learning experience.  Students may also be asked to stand in lines. 


Homeschool Naturalists 2013-2014 schedule


September: (September 25th)

Field Ecology

Students will discover nature's fascinating connections, from predator/prey relationships to seed dispersal mechanisms. They will play and learn as they examine skulls, net insects, burrow through a mouse hole and try out the art of camouflage.


October: (October 30th )

Nature Journaling

Art, literature, writing social studies and science all wrapped ibnto one field experience. Students will explore the historical importance of nature journals and try their hand at some art and writing activities as they make and take their own nature journal.



November:  (November 27th)

Living Close to the Land

Students will take a walk back in time as they explore life 300 years ago. They will learn how Utah's indigenous people lived off the land, sample cornmeal "journey cakes, "spend time in a teepee and around a campfire, and discover the many material and medicinal uses of plants.


January: (January 29th )                                                                                                                     Animals and Plants Prepare for Winter
Students will explore the world of wild animals in winter as they visit the bear den and get a feel for hibernation, play the role of migrating animals and make a pinecone bird feeder to help birds generate energy over the cold winter months.

February: (February 26th)

Animal Autographs

Students become nature detectives and hunt down animal clues around the Nature Center. Students will trek on snowshoes if conditions permit.



March: (March 26th)


Students gain an appreciation for the essential role of trees in our world as  they identify differences between coniferous and deciduous trees, explore  trees through a scavenger hunt and make a piece of recycled paper.



April: (April 30th)


Students will discover what makes a bird a bird, learn some common Utah bird species, and look and listen for wild birds along Ogden Nature Center trails.



May: (May 28th)

Pond Ecology

Students will explore pond life at the Ogden Nature Center. They will watch a classmate go through metamorphosis, scoop, identify and observe pond creatures and do a pond scavenger hunt.