Home School

Home School Nature Curriculum, 2017-18

We are thrilled to start another year of homeschool classes at the Nature Center. Each class will have a new topic, but we always include our favorite activities from meeting animals to nature play. Please send your child with a water bottle, snack and dressed appropriately for time outside. Meets at DPNC.

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.

Tuesdays, September 12, 26, October 10, 24, November 14, 28, December 5, 12.
$15 per child per class (must be a member) 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Minimum 3 students, maximum 20 students for each program (Little Explorers maximum is 10). Includes snack time.

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Little Explorers (ages 4-6)

With our youngest learners in mind, we will explore natural themes with creative play, songs,
storytime, and crafts. We’ll spend time outside, using our senses to discover the plants and animals that live right around the Nature Center. (Please provide a snack for your child). Maximum 10 students.

Scientists (ages 7-9)

It is a big, wide world outside and we are planning 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 be prepared to make some amazing discoveries. We’ll explore the fields, forests and wetlands to gain inspiration for our experiments letting natural curiosity guide our way. (Please provide a snack for your child).

Eco Engineers (ages 10+)

This class is specifically designed for our older homeschool students, so they can learn the science behind our forested landscape. We’ll explore the inner workings of trees and the ways people use them. During the program we will learn the art of carving, making a wooden spoon, walking stick and bowl. A wood carving knife will be required for this class. We will provide information on the best choices for this requirement during signups. (Please provide a snack for your child). 

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Natural Art With Nature Nik (Ages 7-10)

Thursdays, September 7, 21, October 5, 19, November 2, 16                 1-3 p.m.

(weeks alternate with Kid’s Cooking)                             $10.20 member, $12 nonmember

This fun and artistic adventure will be led by educator Nikki Boucher. This course seeks to explore nature in creative and unusual ways. Using STEAM standards and artistic principles, we will fuse art and nature to make new masterpieces and inventions to enhance both our imaginations and point of view of nature. Activity examples include creative play (making your own games), projects to take out on the trail, and using natural materials to create unique sculptures and artwork. Meets at Coogan Farm.

*Location changed to Coogan Farm  (chickadee program guide indicates meeting location as DPNC)

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Kid’s Cooking (Ages 7-12)

Thursdays, September 14, 28, October 12, 26, November 9, 30            11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

(weeks alternate with Natural Art with Nature Nik)

$153 member, $180 nonmember   (6 class series)

$25.50 member, $30 nonmember  (per class)

Emily Steadman of A Lovin’ Spoonful’s will lead you on a culinary adventure in our farmhouse kitchen. Explore the history of American cuisine and sample recipes that have become regional favorites. Students will be involved in cooking and tasting each recipe, and will mark progress in their “Kids Culinary Tour Passport.”  There will be plenty to sample and eat so there is no need to bring a lunch. Meets at Coogan Farm in the Avery Farmhouse kitchen.

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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.