Home School

Home School Nature Curriculum, 2016-17

Our Home school program has grown in popularity so much over the last two years that we are revamping it to make sure it remains a quality educational experience for all ages! The curriculum includes topics like reptiles, weather, Native American life, astronomy, water, amphibians, soil, and pollination. Activities related to the curriculum include fire building, fishing, campfire cooking, birding, animal tracking, foraging, and stream study.

Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 1:30-4:30 p.m., September 2016-June 2017. Minimum 3 students, maximum 20 students for each program (Little Explorers maximum is 10). Includes snack time.

$15/session; DPNC family membership required.

DPNC has also added a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, math) weekly class. Nature Art with Nature Nik meets Thursday mornings beginning Sept. 8 at Coogan Farm. Using STEAM standards and artistic principles, we will fuse art and nature together to make new masterpieces and inventions to enhance our imaginations and point of view of nature.  Activity examples: creative play (making our own games), art projects we can take out on the trail, using natural materials to create.  Each class will have a nature lesson included. Cost is $10/class, it meets from 9:30-11 a.m. You can find it on our calendar to register. 

Little Explorers (ages 4-6):  A program designed with our youngest learners in mind, we will explore natural themes with creative play, songs, story time, and crafts.  We’ll spend time outside when the weather is nice, using our senses to discover the plants and animals that live right around the nature center.  We provide a snack. Maximum 10 students.

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Scientists (ages 7-9):  It’s a wide world out there, and we are going to learn as much as we can about it!  Students will be guided through the scientific process, with a new topic of inquiry each session.  Create hypotheses, conduct experiments, and get ready to make some awesome discoveries!  We’ll explore the fields, forests and wetlands to gain inspiration for our experiments, letting our natural curiosities guide the way. (Please provide a snack for your child).

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Eco Engineers (ages 10+):  Our oldest home school students will enjoy this program designed specifically with their interests in mind.  Learn the science behind why plants and animals behave the way they do.  Make tools out of natural materials, create a dam in the stream and study the effect it has on the surrounding ecosystem, and conduct other experiments that focus on the natural world and problem solving for the future.  Fun, recreational activities include hiking, orienteering with a map and compass, team building games, and more! (Please provide a snack for your child). 

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All Nature Center programs are based on scientific principles. Home school classes are run as a drop-off program, however parents are welcome to stay at any point. Preference is given to people signing up for the entire series.

 2016-17 Schedule

Little explorers

Sept. 13 – InsectsSept. 27 – PlantsOct. 11 – OpossumsOct. 25 – Bats
Nov. 8 – DeerNov. 22 – Acorns & SeedsDec. 13 – BunniesJan. 10 – Black Bears
Jan. 24 – OwlsFeb. 14 – Love bugsFeb. 28 – Winter birdsMar. 14 – Weather
Mar. 28 – CloudsApr. 11 – FlowersApr. 25 – FrogsMay 9 – Spring birds
May 23 –TurtlesJune 6 – Snakes

Scientists

Sept. 13 – Insects (aquatic)Sept. 27 – Insects (field)Oct. 11 – Forest (trees, leaves)Oct. 25 – Forest (life in the undergrowth)
Nov. 8 – Streams (water world)Nov. 22 – Seeds (need for seeds)Dec. 13 – Evergreen treesJan. 10 – Crystal structure of snow and ice
Jan. 24 – Life beneath the snowFeb. 14 – Animals: awake or asleep?Feb. 28 – Resident birds of winterMar. 14 – Weather (wind)
Mar. 28 – Weather (clouds)Apr. 11 – New life (tree buds and flowers)Apr. 25 – New life (amphibians)May 9 – Migration (insects, reptiles)
May 23 – Migration (spring birds)June 13 – Field trip at Bluff Point

Eco-explorers

Sept. 13 – Team buildingSept. 27 – Insect studyOct. 11 – Seed gatheringOct. 25 – Fire building
Nov. 8 – Campfire cookingNov. 22 – Primitive toolsDec. 13 – OwlsJan. 10 – Magnets and buoyancy
Jan. 24 – Crystal structure of snow and iceFeb. 14 – Physical science (heat and cold)Feb. 28 – Candle makingMar. 14 – Basket making
Mar. 28 – Orienteering with map and compassApr. 11 – Animal trackingApr. 25 – Stream projectMay 9 – Seed planting
May 23 – Primitive toolsJune 13 – Field trip at Bluff Point

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All Nature Center programs are based on scientific principles. Home school classes are run as a drop-off program, however parents are welcome to stay at any point. Preference is given to people signing up for the entire series.