Homeschool students/families are invited to join us for a variety of lessons throughout the 2019-2020 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). For students ages 8 years and older.
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. All classes meet from 9:30am-11:30am unless otherwise noted.
September 19: Soil Science - what happens beneath our feet is the basis of life on Earth. We’ll bring in some soil and check out what is living there, and we’ll also look into the structure of our soils out on the property. Not all soils are created equal - come find out why.
October 17: The Case of the Disappearing Log - don your sleuthing hats as we go in-depth to discover what is actually going on when a log decomposes in the woods.
November 21: Outdoor Skills I: Cordage - nettles are a plant we normally avoid, but this bothersome summer plant is beneficial to people in many other ways. We’ll learn how to harvest and dry the stalks, how to remove the fibers, and how to make cordage that can be used in a variety of outdoor projects. This will be a challenge for manual dexterity!
December 19: Solstices and Equinoxes - we’ll take a look at what happens to the season as the Earth makes its annual journey around the sun.
January 16: Outdoor Skills II: Mastery of Fire - when we consider the course of humanity’s development, mastery of fire was one of the big leaps. Besides providing warmth, light, a means to cook food, and even a way to protect oneself, it was also a tool that helped us get food, modify the landscape, and create. As we learn the history of fire and its many uses, we will be putting ancient skills to the test as each participant makes a basic tool that our ancestors would’ve mastered: a coal-burned spoon.
February 20: Tracking 101 - whether we have snow or not, we can learn to read the signs animals leave behind. We’ll start with footprints and gaits, add in scats, trails and browse, and wrap up with a tracking adventure in the woods.
March 19: The Science of Spring and an Introduction to Phenology - This class builds on what we learned in December about solstices and equinoxes. We will explore the trails looking for signs of spring and compare what we find to older time tables of these spring events (phenology).
April 16: Pond Life - early spring is a great time to explore a pond. We might see/hear frogs, birds may be migrating northwards, and if the ice is out, there will be great things happening below the water!
May 21: Botany 101 - learning plants may seem like a challenge, but there are some quick and easy methods you can use to get yourself started. We’ll master 6-8 family groups today, and see how many we can find out along the trails.