Field Trips at Ogden Nature Center

COVID-19 has taken so many things from students. Don’t let Ogden Nature Center science and nature experiences be among them. We have revamped our science education programs to fit the ever-changing school schedules. Whether you are distance learning or in the classroom, we have you covered! All programs are designed to help you cover the new SEEd standards and provide a week's worth of science lessons.

Teachers and schools can elect to register for our regular field trip program. However due to COVID-19 restrictions, we understand that this traditional field trip option may not be feasable. The Ogden Nature Center staff created a NEW for 2020 program that may be a better fit for you and your students.  As always we are working with local foundations and supporters to provide teachers with funding for these programs. Currently this program is free for all Utah public or charter 1st grade classrooms and funding is available to sponsor schools from the Weber and Ogden school districts. 

Schoolyard Explorer Program


All private, public and charter schools can register by grade. We will provide all lessons to each class in the grade.

What is included:

Five days of science programming in both an in-school and at-home format. Each program comes with:
•Five lessons that teachers can use in the classroom, that also have adaptations for at-home use. •Lessons cross the core and include math, language arts, art, and
Spanish components.
•Lessons include a packet or box of materials e-mailed, mailed, or delivered to the school.
•Two video segments (8-10 minutes in length) with a Nature Center naturalist •Live video lesson (streamed to your classroom or to the students
at home) with an Ogden Nature Center (ONC) naturalist and live animal.
•One Schoolyard Explorer program. If permitted, we will bring the program to your schoolyard with an ONC Naturalist and fun and safe activities.

How are we keeping kids and staff safe?

We are following strict guidelines directed by the Weber County Health Depart- ment. Our staff does symptom checks, wears masks, sanitizes all materials between classes, and will abide by all school or district policies.


$400 per grade.* This includes all lessons, materials, videos, live streaming segment and the Schoolyard Explorer program for each class in your registered grade.

As always we are working with local foundations and supporters to provide teachers with funding for these programs. Currently this program is free for all Utah public or charter 1st grade classrooms. Please contact us about funding availablitiy for other grades or districts. 


Contact us by calling 801-621-7595 or email


Grade Level Programs Available

Kindergarten - Trees, Bees, & Me 

What do living things need to survive? Students will investigate this and more as they discover and play their way through lessons on plants and animal life, camouflage, food webs, pollination and seed dispersal.

K.2: Living Things and Their Surroundings
SEEd Standards; K.2.1, K.2.2, K.2.3, K.2.4

Grade 1 - Creature Features

Living things and their offspring depend on their surroundings and adaptations to survive. Students will explore plant and animal adaptations through games, activities and stories as they learn that specific features help creatures grow, find food, seek shelter and raise their young. 

1.2: The Needs of Living Things and Their Offspring
SEEd Standards; 1.2.2, 1.2.3, 1.2.4

Grade 2 - Bugs, Buds & Beavers

Help your students become field ecologists as they discover nature’s fascinating connections, from predator/ prey relationships and succession to seed dispersal mechanisms. Explore habitats, catch insects, play camouflage games and learn all about life in a field.
2.2: Living Things and Their Habitats
SEEd Standards; 2.2.1, 2.2.2, 2.2.3, 2.2.4

Grade 3 - I Spy What's in the Pond

Students will investigate life in a water world, as they explore diverse life cycles, highlight unique animal adaptations and learn how a creature’s environment influences survival.
3.2: Effects of Traits on Survival
SEEd Standards; 3.2.1, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.2.5, 3.2.6

Grade 4 - Utah's Ecosystems

Students will explore Utah’s diverse habitat as they play games, create stories and investigate plants and animals that live in the wet- lands, deserts and forests throughout Utah.
4.1: Organisms functioning in their environment
SEEd Standards 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3

Grade 5 - Go With the Flow

How does the sun’s energy flow through all living things? Students will explore the answer to this question through games, stories, videos, and indoor and outdoor activities that help them understand how plants use the sun to make their own food, and pass that energy through to living things co-existing in an ecosystem.
5.3: Cycling of Matter in Ecosystems
SEEd Standards; 5.3.1, 5.3.2, 5.3.3

Grade 6 - Weather or Not, Here it Comes!

Students will learn about the importance of weather and climate, how to predict it, learn about Utah’s notorious inversion, and how it impacts plants, animals and humans in their everyday lives.

6:3 Earth’s Weather Patterns and Climate
SEEd Standards; 6.3.1, 6.3.2, 6.3.3


Field Trip Information for Teachers and Parents

The ONC provides a complete curriculum for teachers to use in preparation and post-visit classroom activities related to visits to the Ogden Nature Center.

See the full curriculum