ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) Homeschool Adventures

Calling all homeschool families! This new program offering takes place on select Wednesdays from 10 – 11:30 am (K – 5th) and 1 – 3pm (6th – 12th). Lessons may include hikes, nature exploration, games, experiments, and scientific surveys. All parents/guardians at our younger sessions will also receive extension activities that can be completed at home with their whole family.

Select an age group below to find out our upcoming dates and to register.

This program is geared towards students in K – 5th that are learning from home, but older siblings are welcome to attend. Siblings 2 and under are free. Parents/guardians are required to attend with children.

See below for upcoming dates. $7/child for non-members, $5/child for members. Parents/guardians are free. Pre-registration is required

    • November 29th (FULL), 10 – 11:30 am: Tracks & Skulls – Mammal Study
      • Investigate mammal characteristics through skull, track, and fur activities!
    • December 13th (FULL), 10 – 11:30 am: S’mores Quest
      • Follow clues & navigate through the landscape. Along the way, your group will complete educational challenges to earn all ingredients necessary to make the perfect s’more! Finish up around the campfire to cook your sweet treat.
    • January 17th or January 31st: Winter Adaptations
      • Discover how animals and plants adapt to the cold conditions!
    • February 9th (FULL), 6 – 7 pm: Winter Astronomy
      • This special ECO Homeschool Adventure takes place in the evening of the new moon. Use a telescope to take a look at the stars and join us in our inflatable planetarium. Limited spots are available.
    • February 21st or February 28th: Maple Magic
      • Learn about the structure of trees and what’s happening with them in the wintertime. Then, check out the process of making maple syrup.

This program is geared towards students in 6th – 12th grade that are learning from home. Unlike the younger group of ECO Homeschool Adventures, this is a drop off program and requires a drop off program health form prior to dropping off your child. Drop off forms can be found by clicking here.

See below for upcoming dates. $7/child for non-members, $5/child for members. Parents/guardians are free. Pre-registration is required.

  • December 13th, 1 – 3 pm: Ecology of D&D – FULL
    • Enter the mystical world of Dungeons and Dragons – ecology style. Using a premade character, you will join a party of fellow adventurers to complete an ecology based quest. This game is all about the decisions that your character makes and the side effects of those choices! Beginners are welcome for this special one shot adventure, no experience necessary. Limited spaces are available for this adventure.
  • January 17th, 1 – 3 pm: Winter Ecology
    • Go in depth to explore the ecological changes happening in nature during the wintertime. You’ll also test out an experiment with a mysterious gelatinous creature.
  • February 21st, 1 – 3 pm: Owl Study
    • Winter is the perfect time to study owls! Study owl courtship behaviors and get down and dirty with owl vomit.

Please complete the form below to add your child to the waitlist for one of our ECO Homeschool Adventures programs. Filling out this form does not guarantee your spot in the program. If spots open up, you will be contacted as soon as possible. Payment is due at the time of registration acceptance. The form includes programs for both K – 5th and 6th – 12th, so be sure that you are wait listing your child for the appropriate program according to their grade.

We use the waitlist to know if/when we should open another date of a class, so we encourage you to add your child’s name if you have an interest.

WAITLIST ECO Homeschool Adventures

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