Wild Explorers: Swaner’s Afterschool Program


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    Wild Explorers: Swaner’s Afterschool Program

    Wild_ExplorersAfter 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

    Protecting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and community are a top priority at Swaner. The following policies will be implemented during this program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

    • Face coverings that cover the mouth and nose are required for all participants during any indoor activities,
    and for outdoor activities when maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more is not possible. Staff will wear masks
    at all times, both indoors and outdoors.
    • Class sizes will be limited to no more than 14 participants and 4 staff.
    • Drop off and pick up will occur outside the EcoCenter. Adult guardians and non-participants will not be allowed
    to enter the EcoCenter during drop off or pick up.
    • All staff and participants will be screened upon arrival. This includes a temperature check, and visually and verbally checking for symptoms or known exposure.
    • Participants who have been exposed to someone who is suspected of or known to have COVID-19 within
    14 days of the program will not be able to participate.

    Learn more about our steps to protect the health of participants & staff in our Policies and Procedures document.

    COVID-19 Prevention Policies and Procedures

    Registration will open the Monday two weeks before each session is scheduled to begin. Click on each session below to register.

    Registration begins
    September 21st at 9:00 am

    Spooky Science

    Registration begins
    October 19th at 9:00 am

    Preparing for Winter

    Registration begins
    November 16th at 9:00 am

    Winter Skies

    WAITLIST. To be added to the waitlist, please fill out this form. If a spot becomes available we will contact you directly.


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

    Please note that the same curriculum is taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Kindergarten – 2nd grade options.  Do not sign your child up for both days, as you will be contacted to cancel one.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation! 

    Theme K-2nd Grade 3rd-5th Grades
    October: Spooky Science: Chills and thrills will be a small portion of what your child experiences during this Spooktacular session! Participants will creep it real while learning about the mysteries of bats, bones, and beyond.

    Tuesdays: October 6, 13, & 20
    Thursdays: October 8, 15, & 22

    Wednesdays: October 7, 14, & 21
    November: Preparing for Winter: Winter weather is snow joke for animals on the Preserve. Come learn about different ways animals (and people!) adapt to the changing season! Tuesdays: November 3, 10, & 17
    Thursdays: November 5, 12, & 19
    Wednesdays: November 4, 11, & 18
    December: Winter Skies: From snowfall to stars, winter skies provide spectacular views. During this session, participants will explore out of this world phenomena and interact with our current traveling exhibition, Sun, Earth, Universe. Tuesdays: December 1, 8, & 15
    Thursdays: December 3, 10, & 17
    Wednesdays: December 2, 9, & 16

    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