ECO (Educating Children Outdoors) Homeschool Adventures

Calling all homeschool families! This program takes place on select Mondays and Wednesdays. Our Early Childhood session meets from 10 – 11 am, Elementary sessions meet 10 – 11:30 am, and our Middle & High School session meets from 1 – 3 pm. Sessions fill up quickly, so be sure to register early for your preferred dates. 

Our sessions may include hikes, nature exploration, games, experiments, art projects, or scientific surveys. Participants at our younger sessions will also receive extension activities that can be completed at home with their whole family. Topics rotate each month and sessions are offered September through May.

Early Childhood & Elementary sessions require a parent or guardian to attend with their child. Our Middle & High School sessions are drop off only.

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

*NEW* This session caters specifically to our early childhood learners. A parent/guardian is required to attend with their child. Our PreK – 1st sessions use activities from the Growing Up WILD curriculum, as well as the Project Learning Tree: Trees & Me curriculum.

Program Fees: $7/child for non-members, $5/child for members. Parents/guardians and children 1 and under are free. Siblings that are 10 years or older are free to attend as parent helpers. Pre-registration is required.

  • Monday, April 15th: Bird Bonanza, 10 – 11 am (2 spots left)
    • Spring brings flowers, rain, and BIRDS! Learn about what birds eat and how to spot them!

ECO Homeschool Adventures: Early Childhood

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Are you a current TNI Member(Required)
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Event Details

Please list the names and ages of everyone attending this event.
Name
Age
 
ECO Homeschool Adventure Dates(Required)
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Marking Yes gives The Nature Institute permission to use any photos taken during the program in informational and promotional materials such as Facebook, news media, website, etc.

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This program is geared towards students in 1st – 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.

Program Fees: $7/child for non-members, $5/child for members. Parents/guardians are free. Pre-registration is required.

See below for upcoming dates.

  • March 20th (FULL) or March 27th: Wonderful Water Cycles
    • Round and round we go, exploring the water cycle! Play a game as a water droplet, learn about our local watershed, and discover what makes water so important.
  • April 17th (Wed, FULL) or April 22nd (Mon): Hyped for Herpetology!
    • Search for frogs out in the pond and learn about the special adaptations our local amphibians and reptiles have.
  • May 15th (2 spots left) or May 22nd: Log Laboratory
    • Get the dirt on dirt! Conduct soil experiments and learn about creatures living on and around logs.

ECO Homeschool Adventures: Elementary

Contact Details

Are you a current TNI Member(Required)
TNI Members receive access to member only events and discounts.
Name(Required)
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Address

Event Details

Please list the names and ages of everyone attending this event.
Name
Age
 
ECO Homeschool Adventure Dates(Required)
Photo Permission(Required)
Marking Yes gives The Nature Institute permission to use any photos taken during the program in informational and promotional materials such as Facebook, news media, website, etc.

Payment Details

Ticket Type(Required)
Add up all students 3 and up and multiply by number of sessions registering for. Adults attend at no charge. For instance: 3 students coming to 3 sessions = 9
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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.

Program Fees: $7/child for non-members, $5/child for members. Pre-registration is required.

See below for upcoming dates.

  • March 20th, 1 – 3 pm: Population Problems
    • What effect does the human population have on local wildlife? What about the factors affecting wildlife populations? Find out the answers to these questions and more! This class uses the Population Education curriculum – Learn more here
  • April 17th 1 – 3 pm: Flower Power
    • Venture to Beaver Falls to check out the spring flowers popping up this time of year. Learn flower identification basics and the most common spring ephemerals. 
  • May 15th, 1 – 3 pm: Hyped for Herpetology!
    • During this older herpetology session, we will dissect frogs and venture to the ponds to catch and observe amphibians. We’ll also discuss reptiles and how field scientists study them.

ECO Homeschool Adventures: Upper

Contact Details

Are you a current TNI Member(Required)
TNI Members receive access to member only events and discounts.
Name(Required)
Email(Required)
Address

Event Details

Please list the names and ages of everyone attending this event.
Name
Age
 
ECO Homeschool Adventure Dates(Required)
Photo Permission(Required)
Marking Yes gives The Nature Institute permission to use any photos taken during the program in informational and promotional materials such as Facebook, news media, website, etc.

Payment Details

Ticket Type(Required)
Add up all students 3 and up and multiply by number of sessions registering for. For instance: 3 students coming to 3 sessions = 9
Credit Card
American Express
Discover
MasterCard
Visa
Supported Credit Cards: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Expiration Date
 

Frequently Asked Questions

The choice is yours! We understand that many of our homeschool families have the need to bring all their children in varying age groups to programs. Some things to keep in mind when deciding:

  • The Elementary session will cater to 1st – 5th grade, so younger siblings may have difficulty with activities or understanding content. Some extra adult guidance may be necessary.
  • The Early Childhood session is made for PreK – 1st graders. Older siblings will likely find the activities relatively easy, but may be excited about helping younger siblings learn the content. Siblings that are 10+ may attend for free to serve as parent helpers.
  • Early Childhood sessions are 1 hour in length, while Elementary sessions are 1.5 hours.

At this time, based on feedback from families, this is a drop off program. Parents/guardians may not attend with their child.

Very few of our trails are stroller friendly. If you have an infant or young toddler that is coming along, you may consider bringing a sling or baby/toddler carrier.

100% of the program is outdoors in 45+ degree weather. During our winter sessions, a portion of the session will be spent in our indoor classroom to give everyone a chance to warm up. Be sure to be prepared for the weather elements when you attend!