"It's a wonderous thing how the wild calms the child."
Why nature school?
When children are out in nature, all of their senses are activated. They are immersed in something bigger than themselves. They are seeing, hearing, touching, even tasting. Out in nature, a child's brain has the chance to rejuvenate, naturally building their attention span and peace of mind.
Directors and Adminstrators
Energetic, organized, and driven, Brit Murdock created Wasatch Nature School to offer a unique, outdoor learning experience for families in the community who were looking for something a bit different from traditional schooling. Brit has incredible organizational skills, passion, and a great love for the children and families we serve.
Loved by students and staff alike, Carlie brings knowledge, experience, enthusiasm, and joy to Wasatch Nature School. She strives for excellence in everything she does and has a deep passion for nature immersion and early childhood education. She has been an invaluable member of the team.
Nature Teacher Provo
Summer Camp Director
Thoughtful and caring, we were thrilled when Melissa joined as one of our Provo Nature Teachers. Melissa is always excited to inspire and ready to care for her students every day! She shows love, kindness, and patience to each and every one of her students to ensure they all feel part of the Wasatch Nature School family.
Social Media Specialist and Event Coordinator
Detail-oriented and creative, Suzy is our social media guru and plans year-long wonderful events for both the Wasatch Nature School families and staff. Suzy is passionate about bird rescue and rehabilitation and all things-nature. We love having Suzy at Wasatch Nature School!
A Day at Wasatch Nature School
Arrival and Opening Activity: 15 minutes
Prior to class start time students engage in a planned opening activity while everyone arrives.
Opening Circle: 20 minutes
Students gather with their teacher and sing a welcome song, wash their hands with soap and water, sing a name song, notice changes in their outdoor classroom, review important concepts from the previous class, participate in show and share, and connect as a group.
Literacy, Cultures, and Music: 35 minutes
Students meet with their Literacy teachers to learn concepts in all areas of literacy as well as exposure to different cultures, peoples, and customs, and to be introduced to the wonderful music of the greats, all through joyful play-facilitated scenarios!
Snack Time/Rest Time: 15-20 minutes
Science, Art, and Math: 35 minutes
The other part of their day students work with their Science teachers to experience hands-on learning in all different seasonal nature-based subjects through experiments, projects, sensory tables, nature walks, play, and deliberate observation all through play-facilitated scenarios. Children's literature is included in the lessons daily.
Closing Circle: 15-20 minutes
Students gather back together for another round of handwashing, mindfulness, music, and reflection while they wait for pickup.
If there’s anything you’d like to know about our program or curriculum, please get in touch.
Current Vineyard Location:
2001 W Golden Pond Way
Vineyard, UT 84059
Fall 2022 *New Vineyard Location*
70 S Holdaway Rd
Orem, UT 84059
4150 W Center Street
Provo, UT 84601