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!
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. Please be prepared to adventure outdoors!
Note: Space is limited for some programs. Please see this year's schedule & the registration link below for more information.
October 2: Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd & Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson; Imaginations
will run wild while exploring the outdoors!
October 9: From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer & Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell; Paint your very own pumpkin!
November 6: Beaver's Lodge by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert & The Animal's Winter by Lynda Graham-Barber; Explore the diverse habitats of Utah!
November 20: Birds by Kevin Henkes & In My Nest by Sarah Gillingham; Do Utah animals hibernate or migrate? Let’s find out!
December 4: Lost in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoick & Fox by Kate Banks; Learn about Utah’s diverse wildlife with a visit from Wild Wonders! Registration required.
December 18: Snow by Cynthia Rylant & Snow is Falling by Franklyn M. Branley; The snow is falling! Explore what happens when winter comes!
January 8: In the Snow: Who’s Been here? by Lindsay Barrett George & Someone Walks By by Polly Carlson-Voiles; Dress warm and join us for a snow shoe adventure to look for signs of wildlife on the preserve!
January 22: Watersong by Tina McCanna; Create a splash to understand the importance of water!
February 12: Under One Rock: Bugs, slugs, and other ughs by Anthony D. Fredericks & Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner; Find out why bugs aren’t always creepy crawly.
February 26: The Earth and I by Frank Asch; Help us protect nature!
March 12: Flashlight by Lizi Boyd; Do you know how to survive in the outdoors? Learn how to have a safe and fun camping trip!
March 26: The Disappearing Caterpillar by Rock DeDonato; Learn how caterpillars transform into butterflies!
April 2: A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston; Learn to love the slippery, slimy, creepy, and crawly creatures with a hands-on visit from Kim’s Cold Blooded Creatures! Registration required.
April 16: Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Dug by Ellie Bethel & Recycle Everyday by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace; Play games to learn the dos and don’ts of recycling!
May 14: Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens & Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals; Smell the spring air with a hike on the nature preserve!
May 21: Near One Cattail by Anthony D. Frederick & Eliza and the Dragonfly by Susie Caldwell Rinehart; 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!