Little Naturalists: Story Time at Swaner
Little Naturalists is a program that helps 3-5 year olds learn about and explore the natural world. On the first and third Monday of each month (September - May) children gather at Swaner EcoCenter to listen to a nature-themed story and participate in a related craft or activity. Example activities include snowshowing while looking for animal tracks, learning about frog lifecycles while interacting with live tadpoles and adult frogs, making crafts from recycled materials, and much more!
Pre-registration for each program appreciated, but not required. $2.00 per family per program, or buy a $15.00 punch card good for 8 programs (only one punch card required per family). For more information or to register, please contact Sally Upton at 435-252-3576 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Programs are held at the Swaner EcoCenter in Kimball Junction.
Program Dates and Story Line-Up
October 1: This Tree Counts by Alison Formento; discover different types of leaves and seeds, make an identification key for different trees, and complete a finger painting activity
October 15: Fall is Not Easy by Mary Kelley and Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson; Play a matching game about the seasons, make fall colored leaves with food coloring, and learn to classify leaves based on shape, color, etc.
November 5: Moose's Morning by Pamela Love and What Use is a Moose by Martin Waddell; Learn all about moose and make a make moose mask
November 19: Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming and Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft; activity TBD
December 3: When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan and Snow by Cynthia Rylant; activity TBD
December 17: When Santa Turned Green by Victoria Perla and Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect by Dick Schneider; make a recycled craft for a Christmas gift
January 7: Book and activity TBD
January 21: Big Tracks, Little Tracks by Millicent E. Selsam; We'll put on snowshoes and go look for animal tracks in the snow. We have snowshoes for children and parents to wear. Come dressed for spending time outside in the snow and cold. Enjoy hot cocoa afterwards.
February 4: The Barn Owls by Tony Johnston and Little Owl's Night by Divya Srinivasan; meet live owls
February 18: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon; meet live bats
March 4: Monarch and Milkweed by Helen Frost and Gotta Go, Gotta Go by Sam Swope; meet live caterpillars and learn about the butterfly lifecycle. You will get to watch the caterpillars change into butterflies over the next few weeks of the program.
March 18: Under One Rock by Anthony D. Fredericks; activity TBD
April 1: Luck by Jean Craighead George; Learn all about sandhill cranes, look for sandhill cranes on the Preserve, and make a sandhill crane craft
April 15: Eliza and the Dragonfly by Susie Caldwell Rinehart; meet live baby and adult dragonflies and make a dragonfly to take home
May 6: Beaver's Lodge by Ingrid Shubert; learn all about beavers and make a beaver dam craft
May 20: From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer; meet live tadpoles and frogs, learn about the frog lifecycle, and make a froggy mask
Youth Programs at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter are conducted in partnership with Utah State University Extension 4-H.