Our Senior Elementary Homeschool Program is a science and project-based education program designed for students grades 4 to 5 (aged 10 – 11 years). Each session combines indoor and outdoor activities with take-home learning extensions at the end of every session. Students are encouraged to interact with their instructors between sessions. At the beginning of every session students will have the opportunity to share their work with the group.
The sessions run every second Thursday of the month from 9:30am to 12:00pm.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child. Please be aware that any accompanying sibling not enrolled in the program may distract from the other students’ learning experience. Parents and siblings not enrolled are welcome to enjoy the building and grounds during the program.
See below for pricing and registration.
Senior Elementary Programs (Grades 4 – 5)
September 8, 2016
Amazing Insects and Their Relatives
An amazing 80% of the animals on Earth are insects and their relatives. We’ll search the forest for soil creatures under logs, sweep the prairie with field nets, and visit the pond to strain for pond creatures, many of which are insects and their relatives. Spend time in each habitat discussing the adaptations of these creatures, how they survive in the habitats in which they live, and their contributions to the Earth’s ecology. We’ll classify the insects we find into some of their major categories.
October 13, 2016
Land, Wind & Water: Interactions That Form Our Landscape
Our land was shaped by forces long ago and continues to be formed by these forces today. We’ll learn about the convergence of land, wind, and water at the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Students will discover the concepts of weathering, erosion, and deposition, and search for examples of chemical and physical change, including evidence of Wisconsin’s glacial past.
November 10, 2016
American Indian Song & Dance
Our American Indian program includes Ron Preston, San Carlos Apache and Headman Dancer at Gathering of Nations. Dressed in full regalia, complete with colorful ribbons and loud bells, Ron shares his dancing and singing with us. He explains the significance behind what he wears and why he wears it. Students will see sacred artifacts up close and even have the chance to dance themselves! Students rotate through learning stations which focus on how indigenous peoples have survived by utilizing native plants and animals of the area. Afterward we hike to our wigwam.
December 8, 2016
Owls: Predators in the Sky
This program will provide the basic components for students to identify owl characteristics and some specific adaptations that make owls such unique and successful hunters. Students will have the opportunity to observe the Center’s owls, as well as study skins and artifacts. Additional discovery is highlighted in outdoor field studies with students experiencing raptor hunting, territorial and behavioral strategies, and how owls positively impact on our environment. Your young biologists will have the chance to discover what is on an owl’s nightly dinner menu through the process of pellet dissection.
January 12, 2017
Wolf and Deer: An Adventure in Interdependence
Legends, facts, folklore – the timber wolf is part of Wisconsin’s history and future. Using simulation and hands-on discovery, students will begin to understand the life of the deer, the wolf, and the coyote. The relationship and interdependence between the world’s most controversial and exciting predators will be examined. Learn how these animals benefit from each other in a sustainable way.
February 9, 2017
Lake Michigan’s Winter Shoreline
Students will have the opportunity to explore the world of winter in the beautiful setting of Lake Michigan’s frozen tundra. As we hike the beach we will note the change in the lake’s winter landscape. Explore ice formations and learn of the forces of nature that create them.
March 9, 2017
American Indian Maple Sugaring
Explore the lore and life of maple sugaring along the shores of “The Great Waters.” Learn of the early connection between the original Wisconsin inhabitants and maple sugaring. Students will focus on plants and animal changes in March, and learn how maple sugaring originated. Discover early methods used in the production of maple syrup and sugar. After an ethnobotany hike, we will enjoy a sweet treat.
April 13, 2017
Hawk or Falcon
This class provides the basic characteristics of hawks and falcons and the specific adaptations that make these raptors such unique hunters. Students will closely observe a hawk and a falcon and focus on these skillful and swift carnivores. How are they different from all other animals? Then we’ll hike to Lake Michigan for a migratory bird count.
May 11, 2017
Students will learn the basics of restoration ecology. Everyone can work to control invasive species. Through a combination of games and trail activities, students will learn to recognize and control several of Wisconsin’s most invasive plants. During the last hour of class, the students will do a mini-work project on the Center’s grounds. Students may be involved in cutting buckthorn shrubs, pulling garlic mustard, collecting native prairie seeds, or planting native plants. Please wear pants and long sleeves, any necessary equipment is provided by the Center.
We offer a discounted rate for year-long participation. A family membership is included in the non-member year-long participation rate. Rates are as follows:
Fall (September – November)
Member: $45 | Non – Member: $65
Winter (December – February)
Member: $45 | Non – Member: $65
Spring (March – May)
Member: $45 | Non – Member: $65
Full Year (September – May)
Member: $120 | Non – Member: $180
The following form must be completed before your child participates in Schlitz Audubon Nature Center’s homeschool program. Having your child’s emergency and medical information on-hand will ensure that we can provide them with the best possible experience while they are in our care! Please mail (attn: Danielle), drop-off, or fax the form to 414-352-6091.
If your child has medical concerns that may require medication while participating in their programming at Schlitz Audubon, please complete the following form and bring it, along with the unexpired medication complete with a prescription label to each session.
If you have any questions or to register, please contact Danielle Fleischman, Registrar, at 414-352-2880 x224.