"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.
OUR 2020-21 STAFF
Founder & Administrator
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 vision 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. As Operations Manager, she has been an invaluable member of the team.
Nature Teacher Vineyard
Advanced Nature Study Teacher Provo
Since joining Wasatch Nature School, Kristy has consistently brought passion and dedication every single day. Her experience, drive, love for nature and teaching, and incredible creativity make her a perfect fit for the many roles she plays on our team.
Academic Teacher Vineyard
Nature enthusiast and big-hearted, Baylee is our newest team member at Wasatch Nature School. She has jumped in whole-heartedly into her role as an academic teacher! Baylee has a sun-shiny disposition, patience, energy, and enthusiasm and we are so lucky to have her on the team.
Nature Teacher Provo
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.
Academic Teacher Provo
Loved by her students, Braiden brings creativity, warmth, and playfulness to her class each day. She is hard-working and passionate about what she does. Braiden is also a florist and loves to incorporate flowers into her lessons. We love having Braiden at Wasatch Nature School!
Nature Teacher Provo
Suzy is a nature lover and animal conservationist! She has a deep love for owl rescue and release, and a passion for inspiring the next generation to love and care for one another and the earth. She has the kindest heart and the biggest smile and we couldn't be happier to have her at Wasatch Nature School.
Academic Teacher Provo
Since joining Wasatch Nature School Hannah has taken on many roles from Teacher assistant, to Nature teacher, to Academic teacher. She is flexible and incredibly reliable. Health and wellness is a passion of hers and she loves inspiring her students through movement and play each day. She is an important member of our team!
A DAY AT WASATCH NATURE SCHOOL
Arrival: 10 minutes prior to class start time
Students engage in a planned opening activity while everyone arrives.
Opening Circle: 15 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.
Academic Learning: 40 minutes
Students meet with our academic teachers to learn and review academic concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers and counting, calendar, letters, and sounds. We utilize the Learning Dynamics curriculum to work toward students knowing all the letters and their sounds and are comfortably blending sounds by the time they enter kindergarten. Children's literature is included in the lessons daily.
Snack Time/Rest Time: 20 minutes
Nature Learning: 40 minutes
The other part of their day students work with our nature teacher to experience hands-on learning in all different seasonal nature-based subjects through experiments, projects, nature walks, play, and deliberate observation. Children's literature is included in the lessons daily.
Closing Circle: 15-20 minutes
Students gather back together for another round of hand washing, and fun activities while they wait for pickup.