Home School Program

Hands On. Exploration. Science Standards

Each year we pick a new environmental theme to explore. This year we are diving deep into Geology with 8 exciting field trips. Each field trip covers a different topic and facilitates learning about our local natural landscapes.

[My daughter] especially is loving this program! She studies rocks everyday and has decided that she wants to be a geologist when she grows up!
— Tessa Evans, SNC Homeschool Parent

The Stokes Nature Center Home School Program is NOW OPEN to children  in Kindergarten through 8th grade!

  • Location:
    • Class locations alternate between Stokes Nature Center and exciting field sites.
    • Most programs include an outdoor component, so dress for the weather every time.
  • Dates & Times:
    • Last Monday of the month*
  • Cost:
    • Non-members: $10 per session 
    • SNC Members: $8.50 per session

*Except in May, see full calendar below

Upcoming Programs

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Full Program SChedule

  1. September 25th: Weathering and Erosion
    (Field Trip to Logan Canyon)

  2. October 23rd: Caves
    (Field Trip to Hobbit Caves in Right Hand Fork Canyon)

  3. November 27th: Rock cycle

  4. January 22nd: Rock, Snow, and Ice
    (Snowshoeing Field trip- location dependent on weather/snowfall)

  5. February 26th:  Rock Identification

  6. March 26th Minerals

  7. April 23rd: Soil Science
    (Field Trip to Cutler Marsh)

  8. May 21st:  Fossils!
    (Field Trip to Spring Hollow)

Utah Core Standards

State Standards for Grades K-4


Standard 2

Earth and Space Science. Students will gain an understanding of Earth and Space Science through the study of earth materials, celestial movement, and weather.

Objective 1

Investigate nonā€living things.

  1. Observe and record that big rocks break down into small rocks, e.g., boulders, rocks, pebbles, sand.

  2. Demonstrate how water and wind move nonliving things.

  3. Sort, group, and classify Earth materials, e.g., hard, smooth, rough, shiny, flat.


Standard 2

Earth and Space Science. Students will gain an understanding of Earth and Space Science through the study of earth materials, celestial movement, and weather.

Objective 1

Investigate the natural world including rock, soil and water.

  1. Observe, compare, describe, and sort components of soil by size, texture, and color.

  2. Identify and describe a variety of natural sources of water, including streams, lakes, and oceans.

  3. Gather evidence about the uses of rocks, soil, and water.


Standard 2

Earth and Space Science. Students will gain an understanding of Earth and Space Science through the study of earth materials, celestial movement, and weather.

Objective 1

Describe the characteristics of different rocks.

Explain how smaller rocks come from the breakage and weathering of larger rocks.

  1. Describe rocks in terms of their parts (e.g. crystals, grains, cement).

  2. Sort rocks based upon color, hardness, texture, layering, particle size and type (i.e. igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary).


Standard 2

Students will understand that organisms depend on living and nonliving things within their environment.

Objective 1:

Classify living and nonliving things in an environment.

  1. Identify characteristics of living things (i.e., growth, movement, reproduction).

  2. Identify characteristics of nonliving things.

  3. Classify living and nonliving things in an environment.

Objective 2

Demonstrate that the greater the force applied to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.

Predict and observe what happens when a force is applied to an object (e.g., wind, flowing water).


Standard 3

Students will understand the basic properties of rocks, the processes involved in the formation of soils, and the needs of plants provided by soil.

Objective 1

Identify basic properties of minerals and rocks.

  1. Describe the differences between minerals and rocks.

  2. Observe rocks using a magnifying glass and draw shapes and colors of the minerals.

  3. Sort rocks by appearance according to the three basic types: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic (e.g., sedimentary-rounded-appearing mineral and rock particles that are cemented together, often in layers; igneous-with or without observable crystals that are not in layers or with or without air holes or glass like; metamorphic -crystals/minerals, often in layers).

  4. Classify common rocks found in Utah as sedimentary (i.e., sandstone, conglomerate, shale), igneous (i.e., basalt, granite, obsidian, pumice) and metamorphic (i.e., marble, gneiss, schist).

Objective 2

Explain how the processes of weathering and erosion change and move materials that become soil.

  1. Identify the processes of physical weathering that break down rocks at Earth's surface (i.e., water movement, freezing, plant growth, wind).

  2. Distinguish between weathering (i.e., wearing down and breaking of rock surfaces) and erosion (i.e., the movement of materials).

  3. Model erosion of Earth materials and collection of these materials as part of the process that leads to soil (e.g., water moving sand in a playground area and depositing this sand in another area).

  4. Investigate layers of soil in the local area and predict the sources of the sand and rocks in the soil.

Objective 3

Observe the basic components of soil and relate the components to plant growth.

  1. Observe and list the components of soil (i.e., minerals, rocks, air, water, living and dead organisms) and distinguish between the living, nonliving, and once living components of soil.

  2. Diagram or model a soil profile showing topsoil, subsoil, and bedrock, and how the layers differ in composition.

  3. Relate the components of soils to the growth of plants in soil (e.g., mineral nutrients, water).

  4. Explain how plants may help control the erosion of soil.

  5. Research and investigate ways to provide mineral nutrients for plants to grow without soil (e.g., grow plants in wet towels, grow plants in wet gravel, grow plants in water).

For questions or to register, please contact Anna Swenson: ucc@logannature.org