Beaver Lodge Playgroup

Students of Salt Lake City School District are welcome to join us for a nature playgroup this fall. COVID-19 has meant limited socialization time, and we know how important social-emotional learning is for young kids. The Beaver Lodge Playgroup is purposefully designed for small groups of kids to spend time in nature, combining socialization and education.

Beaver Lodge Playgroup is for kids in K-5th grade. At this time, we are only accepting Salt Lake City School District students.

Class Details

  • This is an in-person educational program. Parents/guardians are not required to stay.
  • Choose between our Tuesday group and Thursday group. 
  • 6-week series (week of November 1 through week of December 13; no playgroup the week of Thanksgiving).
  • Program is 1.5 hours (3:30-5:00pm).
  • Each series of the Beaver Lodge Playgroup will spend 3 weeks at our Jordan River Nature Center campus and 3 weeks at Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park.*

*Subject to change. Additional details are available after enrollment. 


We recognize this is a difficult time for many in our community. Price is by donation ($1 and up), with a suggested donation of $65 per child for the series.


Registration for Beaver Lodge Playgroup is now closed.

What To Expect

  • Enrollment for each day is limited to 8 kids.
  • Registration is for the series, so your child will stay with the same pod of students for the full 6 weeks.

  • This program is outdoors to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Kids should come prepared with coats, hats, gloves, and weather-appropriate shoes. If you have any of these items you are willing to donate, or if you need assistance obtaining these items, please email us at .

  • We will follow cleaning and sanitation guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Camp Association. Program materials will be limited to items that can be properly sanitized and items not intended for sharing.

  • We ask that you not register for both days.

COVID-19 Policy

  • Participants will be required to wear a mask at all times, with an exception during seated activities where kids will be seated 6 ft away from one another.
  • Physical distancing will be enforced, as possible, throughout the program.
  • Adults are required to wear masks at drop off and pick up.
  • Please assess the health of everyone in your group before drop off. If you or anyone else planning on attending has any of the following symptoms or risk factors, we kindly ask that you refrain from attending.
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • New or increased shortness of breath
    • New decreased sense of smell or taste
    • Sore or scratchy throat
    • Muscle aches and pains
    • Have been in contact or near anyone known to be infected with COVID-19 in the past two weeks
  • Staff will verbally screen participants at check-in.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided, but kids are encouraged to bring their own.
  • Kids should bring their own water bottle. A touchless refill station will be available.
  • We will not provide snacks. You are welcome to pack personal snacks, but please let our staff know upon arrival.
  • Items kids bring to the program should be limited. This reduces our need to provide adequate storage to keep personal belongings separated per CDC recommendations.

Cancellation Policy

No refund will be given for classes if you must cancel your registration.

If Tracy Aviary must cancel a class, registrants will be notified no less than the Monday before the class. Unfortunately, due to the nature of payment being a donation, refunds cannot be processed. However, we will happily apply your registration fee to another education program at Tracy Aviary or send you a tax receipt for the amount of your donation.