Homeschool students/families are invited to join us for a variety of lessons throughout the 2018/2019 school year. This is a great opportunity to get your homeschooler(s) involved in hands-on, minds-on environmental education throughout the year. All lessons are at least partly outdoors, and most are entirely outside, so be sure everyone is dressed for the weather (closed-toe shoes required).
You can sign up a-la carte (by the month - $10/student/lesson) or for a package deal (per third (3 months) - $25/student/third; for the “year” (9 months) - $75/student/“year”).
We have a minimum requirement of five students per class, and a maximum of 15 students per class.
Sept. 20 – Insect Exploration
Armed with sweep nets, hand lenses, jars and pooters, we take to the field and woods in search of local insects. We review what makes an insect an insect, then learn the basic characteristics of several insect families. Register by 9/13.
Oct. 18 – Outdoor Skills
Spending time outdoors can be a lot of fun, especially if you know how to take care of yourself while you are out there! We help build your confidence by teaching some basic outdoor skills, like knot-tying, shelter-building, camouflage and sneaking. We have fun making whistles out of acorn caps, learning how to be safe around fire and knives. * Actual lessons taught depends on the age of the students who sign up, but all of these are possible. Register by 10/11.
Nov. 15 – Animals Prepare for Winter
Migration, hibernation, or staying put – these are the choices animals face when winter is on its way. How do they choose? Students learn about these various survival strategies indoors, and then we go for a hike to search for signs of what our local wildlife are doing. Register by 11/8.
Dec. 20 – Predator Prey Palooza
What is a predator? What is prey? Can you tell just by looking at a skull? Do you think you could survive as a predator or a prey animal? We use lots of hands-on fun and games in this up-close look at one of the basic lessons of life: who eats whom! Register by 12/13
Jan. 17 – Snow Patrol – Animal Tracking
Join us as we learn how animals move! Indoors we’ll learn basic gaits, a few footprints, and play Animal Track Twister. Then we’ll head outside to see what tracks we can find and see if we can read the stories they tell. Register by 1/10.
Feb. 21 – Birds of a Feather
Birds are the highly specialized descendants of dinosaurs! We’ll look at beaks, feet and feathers, learn how to use binoculars as we watch the birds at our feeders, and make a bird feeder to take home. *This lesson is mostly indoors. Register by 2/14.
Mar. 21 – Journaling and Nature Observation
Learning to be still and observe is an important skill for everyone, especially those who enjoy being outside and watching nature. Participants learn some basic observation techniques and how to record what they observe. Please come with your own journal. Register by 3/14.
Apr. 18 – Biodiversity Investigation
Exploration – that is the name of the game today! Armed with hand lenses and curiosity, we head off trail into the woods and grassland looking for any and all signs of the critters that call these habitats home. Our goal is to discover which habitat has the greater number of critters (abundance), and which has more types of critters (diversity)…and figure out why. Register by 4/11.
May 16 – Aquatic Studies
Learning what lives in the water can be a real eye-opening experience! We spend this morning looking for who lives in the pond and the stream. Participants should expect to get wet – we will be wading in Hall Creek. Required: water shoes (old sneakers or boating shoes) – must completely and securely attach to the foot; no crocs or flip flops – Wellies are also not recommended. We also suggest bringing a change of clothes and a towel…just in case. Register by 5/9.