Little Naturalist Story Time


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    Little Naturalist Story Time

    Little Naturalist

    October through May | Twice a month | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

    We are excited to welcome back our littlest explorers at Swaner! Little Naturalist is the perfect program for 3 to 5 year olds who are curious about animals, their habitats, the environment, and exploring nature.  Join us to read a specially selected nature-themed book, explore the natural world, and complete a craft.  Some favorites include snowshoeing on the Preserve, interacting with live reptiles and amphibians, upcycling old materials into fun creations, and much more! 

    Cost is $4.00/session per youth participant (infants in arms are free).

    Please dress appropriately for the weather that day!  

    Date/Theme Book

    October 8th: Welcome Fall!

    The weather is changing and so are things on the Preserve! Come collect evidence of the new season in this explorative session.

    Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

    by Kenard Pak

    October 22nd: Nocturnal Animals

    Nighttime doesn’t always mean sleep. Come find out how nocturnal animals use their senses in the dark!

    Little Owl’s Night

    by Divya Srinivasan

    November 5th: Busy Beavers

    What have the beavers at Swaner been up to? Find out in this session as we learn about beaver dams and their benefits!

    This session of Little Naturalist is FREE thanks to the Utah Department of Water Quality Nonpoint Source Management Program.

    Five Busy Beavers

    by Stella Partheniou Grasso

    November 19th: Slow and Steady

    How does being slow, weak, or small help an animal to survive? In this session, we will be learning about some of the animals featured in our Survival of the Slowest exhibit!

    "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth

    by Eric Carle

    December 3rd: When Winter Comes

    Come find out how animals on the Swaner Preserve survive the harsh conditions of the winter season!

    Hibernation Station

    by Michelle Lepe and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus

    December 17th: Imagination Station

    Bring your creativity to this session as we learn how to turn everyday items into something new!

    The Most Magnificent Thing

    by Ashley Spires

    January 7th: Winter Weather

    Bundle up to investigate the secrets of snow in this wintery session!


    by John Rocco

    January 21st: Life Cycles

    Pull out your magnifying glasses to take a closer look at the life cycles of insects!

    Pipsie Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar

    by Rick DeDonato

     February 4th: Tracking Wildlife

    What signs of wildlife can we look for on the snowy Preserve? Grab your snowshoes and become a winter detective! Snowshoes will be provided for participants and adult guardians.

    Someone Walks By: The Wonders of Winter Wildlife

    by Polly Carlson-Voiles

    February 18th: Fantastic Frogs

    Hop on over to this session as we explore the physical features frogs have that help them survive in a wetland!

    A Frog Thing

    by Eric Drachman

    March 4th: Whoosh goes the Wind!

    What's the difference between a breeze and a gust? Come find out as we experiment with wind!

    Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

    by Liz Garton Scanlon

    March 18th: Sounds of Nature

    Drip, drop, splish, splash - what other sounds can water make? Participants will use their sense of hearing to discover different sounds in nature.


    by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Richard Smythe

    April 8th: Sensational Spring

    Springtime is here! Get your hands dirty while learning about plants.

    The Curious Garden

    by Peter Brown

    April 22nd: Planet Protectors

    Celebrate Earth Day with us as we learn how to protect and preserve the land around us!

    Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

    by Mary McKenna Siddals and illustrated by Ashley Wolff

    May 6th: Reptile Roundup

    Slither to this session and meet live reptiles from guest presenter, Kim's Cold-Blooded Creatures.

    Lizard from the Park

    by Mark Pett

    May 20th: Spiders are Special

    Learn to love spiders as we discover the importance of these tiny friends!

    I'm Trying to Love Spiders

    by Bethany Barton

    Brianna Cencak

     Name: Brianna Cencak

     Position: Youth Programs Coordinator


     Phone: 435-797-8938 

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