Little Naturalist Story Time
October through May | Twice a month | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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 twice a month, October through May, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 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 holiday decorations, and much more!
Space is limited for some programs, so registering is highly encouraged and appreciated. Cost is $2.00 per youth participant, or buy a $15.00 punch card good for 10 programs. Only one punch card required per family and never expires. Payment will be taken at the door the day of the program. One caregiver must accompany children to participate. Enrollment includes both participant and caregiver. Please reserve a spot for EACH child that will be participating. Programs are held at the Swaner EcoCenter in Kimball Junction.
October 10: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman; Imaginations will run wild while exploring the outdoors!
October 24: Fall is Not Easy by Mary Kelley & Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert; Collect evidence of the changing season to create a unique art project!
November 7: Buzzy and the Red Rock Canyons by Melissa Marsted & I Took a Walk by Henry Cole; Learn about what makes our state special exploring the diversity of Utah’s habitats.
November 14: Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft & Richard G. Van Gelder & Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows; Do Utah animals hibernate or migrate? Join us to find out with a special visit from Hawk Watch International!
December 5: Little Owls Night by Divya Srinivasan & Bat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies; Learn about Utah’s diverse wildlife, even the nocturnal species!
December 12: When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan & First Snow by Bernette Ford; The snow is falling! Find out what happens when winter comes!
January 9: Whose Tracks Are These? By Jim Nail & Who’s Been Here? A Tale in Tracks by Fran Hodgkins; Dress warm and join us for a snow shoe adventure to look for signs of wildlife on the preserve!
January 23: The Drop Goes Plop: A First Look At the Water Cycle by Sam Godwin & Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water? by Robert E. Wells; Splash with us to understand the importance of water!
February 6: Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder by Vivian French & The Worm by Elise Gravel; Find out why bugs aren’t always creepy crawly.
February 13: This Tree Counts by Alison Formento & Why Should I Protect Nature? by Jen Green; Help us protect nature!
March 6: Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal & S is for S’mores: A Camping Alphabet by Helen Foster James; Do you know how to survive in the outdoors? Learn how to have a safe and fun camping trip!
March 20: Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards & Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder; Learn how caterpillars transform into butterflies!
April 3: We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings & I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies; Learn to love the slippery, slimy, creepy, and crawly creatures with a hands-on visit from Kim’s Cold Blooded Creatures!
April 17: Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel & I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches; Play games to learn the do’s and don’ts of recycling!
May 1: To Be Like the Sun by Susan Marie Swanson & Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move by JoAnn Early Macken; Smell the spring air with a hike on the nature preserve!
May 15: Near One Cattail by Anthony D. Fredericks & Growing Frogs by Vivian French; Explore the hidden wildlife and importance of Swaner’s wetland habitat!
Swaner Youth Programs are conducted in partnership with Utah State University Extension 4-H.
Support the Little Naturalist Program!
Help our program continuously improve and grow by donating books of your choice from our Amazon Wish List! New stories allow us to spark participants' interest with new topics and provide a unique experience with every visit. The books will also be made available to the public in our Naturalist Room, a place for families to relax, read, and learn about the environment. Your donation and support is greatly appreciated!