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. 

    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 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!

    Advanced registration is not required. Please plan on checking in at the front desk when arriving.

    Date/Theme Book

    October 7th: Welcome Fall!

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

    Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

    by Julia Rawlinson 

    October 21st: Batty for Bats

    Uncover the mysteries of the night as we investigate the behaviors of bats! Participants will have a chance to explore our newest exhibit, SOAR with Bats.


    by Ari Berk, illustrated by Loren Long 

    November 4th: Exploring Nature

    Bring your wild explorer to this session as we use our senses to observe nature all around us!

    Explorers of the Wild

    by Cale Atkinson

    November 18th: Autumn Animals

    Wondering what wildlife has been up to this fall? Join us as we learn about some of our favorite resident animals!

    This Moose Belongs to Me

    by Oliver Jeffers

    December 9th: Preparing for Winter

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

    Bear Snores On

    by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman 

    December 16th: Sustainable Holidays

    Learn what small changes we can make during this holiday season to reduce our impact on the environment!

    When Santa Turned Green

    by Victoria Perla, illustrated by Mirna Kantarevic

    January 6th: Sticks & Stones

    What can you do with a stick? Bring your imagination to this session as we explore the many uses of natural materials.

    Not a Stick

    by Antoinette Portis

    January 20th: Slithering Snakes

    Turn your fear of snakes into fascination with a special visit from Kim’s Cold-Blooded Creatures!

    SNAKE! (Shout Fear Out)

    by Carrie Hyatt

    February 3rd: Wonderful Wetlands

    Celebrate World Wetlands Day with us as we discover the importance of the plants and animals that call the Swaner Preserve home.

    Over and Under the Pond

    by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

    February 17th: Tracking Wildlife

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

    Who’s Been Here? A Tale in Tracks

    by Fran Hodgkins, illustrated by Karel Hayes 

    March 3rd: The Water Cycle

    Splash into learning the water cycle as we follow the journey of a little raindrop.

    Little Raindrop

    by IglooBooks

    March 17th: St. Patrick's Day STEM

    Bring your engineering skills to this session as we figure out how to design and build a leprechaun trap!

    How to Catch a Leprechaun

    by Adam Wallace, illustrated by Andy Elkerton

    April 7th: Springing into a New Season

    Brighter days are ahead! Get your hands dirty as we dig up the wonders of spring.

    And then it's Spring

    by Julie Fogliano

    April 21st: Earth Day

    Join us as we celebrate nature and learn how to protect and preserve the land around us!

    I Can Save the Earth!

    by Alison Inches, illustrated by Viviana Garofoli

    May 5th: Pollinator Pals

    What’s the buzz about pollinators? Discover the importance of protecting pollinators from bees to bats.

    The Reason for a Flower

    by Ruth Heller

    May 19th: Bonkers about Birds!

    Grab your binoculars and get ready to learn birding basics out on the Preserve!

    Ruby's Birds

    by Mya Thompson, illustrated by Claudia Davila

    Brianna Cencak

     Name: Brianna Cencak

     Position: Youth Programs Coordinator


     Phone: 435-797-8938 

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