Homeschool Naturalists

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 Tuesday of each month from 1pm to 3pm.


Pre-registration and payment is required at the time of registration. 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 $95 for non-members and $80 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 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 1:00 p.m. and end at 3:00 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. Students that are picked up from class 10 minutes or more after the 3:00 pm pick up time will be fined a $2 per minute late fee. 

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 Schedule 2018-2019  

Theme: “Dear King Philip Came Over For Good Soup”

Or is it “Kings Play Chess On Fine Grained Sand?” This year, let’s take a deep dive into biological classification, i.e. Taxonomy. We’ll learn all about how scientists sort and classify all living beings, and each month we’ll take closer looks at each level of classification and the plants and animals found within.


September 25th: Domain & Kingdom

During our first session of the year, we will set our learning goals for the year, and learn all about the LARGEST groups in taxonomy – Domains and Kingdoms through games, puzzles, and life-size dichotomous keys.

October 30th: Phylum

Scientists acknowledge that they’ve only scratched the surface of knowledge within the fungus kingdom. This month we’ll take a closer look at two fungus phyla that contain the most common mushrooms and lichens. We’ll go on a mushroom and lichen hunt around the nature center, learn about bio-indicators, and make spore prints.

November 27th: Clases in the Plant World

Did you know that deciduous and coniferous tress split at the Class level of the taxonomy? This month, in late fall and approaching, we’ll look at how trees cope with the changing seasons and why some plants continue to photosynthesize during the cold, snowy months, while others go dormant.

January 29th: Invertebrate Classes

When you think of the word animals, you probably think of birds, reptiles, fish, mammals, and maybe even amphibians. These are the five classes in the animal kingdom that have backbones! This month we want to explore and investigate the crazy and abundant creatures that have no backbone. Join us as we dive deeper into the invertebrate phylum and explore some of the animals in the classes Arthropoda, Echinodermata, Mollusca and Annelida.


February 26th: Order

This month we’ll take a deep dive into the orders of birds – Strigiformes (owls), Falconiformes (falcons), Piciformes (woodpeckers), and Passeriformes (perching birds). We will also contribute our own citizen scientist data to the Audubon’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

March 26th: Family

Wolves, coyotes, foxes, and our pet dogs – they’re all part of the Canidae family. This month we’ll study the canines that call ONC and the surrounding area home. Why are foxes and coyotes considered the “tricksters” of myth and legend? Why are there no wolves in Utah? Let’s work like a dog to find out!

April 30th: Genus & Species

Why do scientists give plants and animals scientific names? Where do those complicated words come from? We’ll learn about how the naming system came to be, and reinforce our year’s knowledge by creating our own individual classification systems using quadrant squares and dichotomous keys.

May 28th: Classification Wrap Up

Our Homeschool community has now explored every level of the hierarchical taxonomy of the biological world. Now’s the time to investigate any life forms that the student community is still curious about!