Homeschool Naturalists

Homeschool Naturalist Spring 2024


Embark on a journey of discovery during spring semester. We will be taking a holistic approach to understanding the incredible ecosystems at the Ogden Nature Center. Students will lay the groundwork of their naturalist skills, ranging from knowledge of living plants and animals to the abiotic components of environments, such as soils and weather.

The Homeschool Naturalist program is offered as a series of eight different two-hour programs at the Ogden Nature Center for children ages 7-12. These programs are offered twice monthly, the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 1-3 p.m.  

Participants sign up for the entire eight-class series. Cost of the series is $200. Ogden Nature Center members receive a 10% discount. Due to high demand and limited space, we cannot offer sibling discounts.

Program dates & times: first and third Wednesdays

  • February 7th and 21st
  • March 6th and 20th
  • April 3rd and 17th
  • May 1st and 15th


Please accompany your child/children for sign-in each time. Drop-off and pickup will be in the parking lot at the start of Birdhouse Trail. Please park in the large lot and escort your child to the naturalist who is there to sign in everyone. You will pick up your child in the same spot.

Please be prompt in picking up your children at 3 p.m. Parents will be billed $2 per minute for any students left 15 minutes or longer after the posted end of class. Students will not be allowed to return to class until this balance is paid.

If you are delayed, please call Ogden Nature Center, 801-621-7595, and ask them to notify your child’s teacher-naturalist.

Parents and other family members will not be allowed to attend class with their child/children. You may remain on the Nature Center grounds while class is in session.

Weather & gear: 

Classes will be conducted 100% outdoors in all types of weather. Please be sure your child is adequately prepared to go outdoors for weather conditions including rain, snow, sun, cold, and heat. All children should bring a water bottle, as we don't provide them, and our drinking fountains may or may not be available or accessible depending on where we are having class on the property. Children should wear shoes with closed toes (no flip-flops or sandals) for all sessions. Rain jackets and waterproof shoes are preferred rather than umbrellas for rainy days. Winter requires a coat, hat, and gloves or mittens. Please leave snacks at home, unless your child has a medical reason for needing one.

Expected Behavior: 

Please prepare your child by helping them understand appropriate group-learning behaviors, which include:

         * Raising hands before shouting out questions or ideas

         * Taking turns and sharing

         * Staying with the group

         * Being respectful to classmates and teachers.

         * They may asked to engage in journaling, math, observation, and other skills 

These are essential for a productive learning experience.