Wild Explorers Afterschool


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    Wild Explorers Afterschool



    After the school day ends, join us for a walk on the wild side of science. Participants will spend 2 hours at Swaner from 3:30 to 5:30 one day a week during the 3-week session to learn more about nature and the science that powers it. Participants should be enrolled based on their current grade level.

    Each day includes a small snack, outdoor time, and hands-on activities.  Participants should come dressed and prepared for the weather each day.


    COVID-19 Prevention Policies and Procedures


    Program runs from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  The cost for each 3-week session is $60 per participant.

    Theme K-5th Grades

    May: Eggs to Legs  Cancelled

    Time to emerge out of your chrysalis for this transformative afterschool session! Participants will discover the unique lifecycles of some Preserve residents, including frogs, bugs, and plants.

    Wednesday, May 4, 11, & 18

    March: Bird Nerds

    (Bird) calling all budding ornithologists! From Sandhill cranes to Black-capped chickadees, get ready to discover some of the finely feathered friends that call the Preserve home. Participants will practice using binoculars, dissect owl pellets, and learn some tips and tricks of how to identify common Utah birds. They'll come home "raven" about this session! 

    Wednesday, March 16, 23, & 30

    February: Seasons of Love

    Love may be in the air, but this session is anything but mushy! Fall head over heels as we learn about weird and wild animal hearts, discover different types of relationships between animals, and investigate some of the wacky ways animals woe their mates.

    Wednesday, February 2, 9, & 16

    January: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

    There's snow place like home when it comes to winter on the Preserve! Participants will explore the Preserve on snowshoes, investigate snow science, and become winter experts in this brr-illiant session.

    Wednesday, January 5, 12, & 19

    December: Survival of the Slowest

    Think you have to be big, strong, and fast to survive in this world? Think again! Join us as we discover the counterintuitive adaptations some animals have that will have you both puzzled and intrigued. Participants in this session will learn about and interact with some of the animals featured in our Survival of the Slowest exhibit!

    Wednesday, December 1, 8, & 15

    Fee waivers are available on a first come, first served basis.  To apply for a fee waiver, please fill out the online application.  You will receive an update about your application within 1 week of receipt. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Veeder at katherine.veeder@usu.edu or (435)797-8942.

    Cancellations will receive a 50% refund only if your spot can be filled from the waitlist. If your spot cannot be filled, you will not receive a refund. No refunds will be given for days missed during the session. If a cancellation is necessary due to a COVID-19 exposure, please contact Katherine Veeder directly at katherine.veeder@usu.edu or (435)797-8942.
    Registrations are nontransferable.

    Katherine Veeder

      Name: Katherine Veeder

      Position: Director of Education

      E-mail: Katherine.Veeder@usu.edu

      Phone: 435-797-8942