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 12:30 to 2:30pm 

Registration

Registration begins on August 1st! 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.  

Siblings 

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. 

Parents

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. 

Weather

Our programs will be held 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.

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 promptly at 12:30. and end at 2:30pm. Please be punctual, as your child may miss some vital information at the start if they arrive late, and may also cause a distraction for those who are on time. Please remember to pick up your student by 2:30pm each class day. Parents will be billed $2 per minute for any students left after 2:45pm. Students will not be allowed to return to class without paying any balance due on their account. If you have a need to pick your child up early from class, please make arrangements in advance with our education staff, as our classes take place in various locations on site.

Please park in the large lot and walk down Bird House Trail towards the Education building to drop off and pick up your child for class. Please do not park in the handicap spots next to the education building unless you have a handicap pass. Please do not park along the road, as the road is a fire lane. The Ogden Nature Center has a no idleing policy. Please turn off your vechile when picking up your child. Thank you.

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.
These are essential for a productive learning experience.

We will occasionally send home extension activities related to each month's topic, which children can choose to complete and share with Nature Center classmates and teacher-naturalists when they return the following month.

Homeschool Naturalists Schedule 2019-2020  

Theme: Habitats

From snowy peaks to dry desert sands, the world is filled with a wide variety of habitats, each unique and essential in its own right. This year we will be diving into all the different places animals and plants call home here on Earth. We will play games, look for creatures, and challenge ourselves to understand what makes each one of these habitats oh so special.

 

September 24th: Fields & Grasslands

Let’s get started with a habitat close to home: fields! These occur anywhere there is not enough precipitation to support tree life. Grasses, the fastest growing plants, support a plethora of animals from tiny insects to giants like elephants and giraffes.

October 29th : Forests

As the trees go through their annual transformation, we will discuss the great variety of life supported by these majestic carbon marvels..

November 26th: Oceans

Our oceans are one of the most fascinating yet least understood parts of our world. This month we will explore the quiet, somber life of the open ocean—from the surface of the water down to the deepest depths on Earth.

January 28th: Tundra

Can you imagine a place where the ground stays frozen all… year… long?! If you thought winter in Utah was rough, just wait to hear what the plants and animals of the tundra have to do to survive!

 

February 25th: Mountains

Everything changes when you start climbing up. With both the Wasatch and Uinta mountain ranges nearby, Ogden is the perfect place to learn about the struggles and rewards of life in the high elevations

March 24th: Wetlands

Only 2.5% of all the water in the world is freshwater. Yet rivers and ponds are key habitats to a plethora of plants and animals. This month we will discuss the importance of freshwater not just to these creatures, but to ourselves as well.

April 28th: Life Underground

There’s an entire world living under your feet! Invertebrates, small mammals, and plenty of other creatures call this wonderful, dirty habitat a home, and help keep everyone above ground happy and healthy in the process too!

May 26th: Cities

The newest habitat on Planet Earth is one humans are all too familiar with: cities! These islands of concrete that dot the globe support much more life than just the people that helped create them. It takes smarts, adaptability, and luck to survive in one of the most unique habitats in the world!