The Homeschool program at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is a science and project based education program designed for students grades 2 to 8 (aged 7 – 13 years). Each program combines indoor and outdoor activities with a take home project at the end of every session. Students are encouraged to interact with their instructor on projects. At the beginning of every session, students will share their project.
Both elementary programs are a 2 year curriculum, while the secondary program is a 3 year curriculum. Because of this, your child is guaranteed to learn different science topics no matter what year they are in the program.
The sessions run every second Thursday of the month from 9:00am – 11:30am. Parents are encouraged to accompany their child. Please be aware that any accompanying sibling not enrolled in the program may distract from the students’ learning experience. If you have any questions, please contact Family Programs Manager Jim Hyatt at 414-352-2880 x138.
To register for programs call the front desk at 414-352-2880 between 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Elementary Programs, Ages 10 – 11
September 10, 2015
Ponding Through the Year: Fall
This program is an introduction to the ecosystem of three different ponds throughout the year. We concentrate on the study of specialized wetland plant and animal communities. Students participate in water testing and learn how to take basic measurements in the field. This program hones observational and identification skills while studying living and non-living parts of the pond environment.
October 8, 2015
The Awesome World of Raptors
Birds are an important part of every ecosystem. Through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and games; students study flight dynamics, adaptations, migration, and more! Participants will meet LIVE raptors and focus on their roles in the environment.
November 12, 2015
Great Lake Michigan
Explore the largest freshwater system on Earth! The class studies Lake Michigan’s glacial past and the present day challenges of the system. Students collect scientific data on the health of Lake Michigan. In addition to hiking the shoreline, participants use hands-on discovery and observations in learning about water cycles, pollution and prevention, invasive species, bioaccumulation, and the importance of preserving and protecting the world’s fresh water.
December 10, 2015
Explore the beautiful winter setting of our forests, fields, and lakes by snowshoe! Students will observe how plants and animals adapt to winter. In the exceptional absence of snow, we will still learn how to use snowshoes and participate in a game wearing their snowshoes, and after removing them take a winter ecology hike.
January 14, 2016
Ponding Through the Year: Winter
This program is a continuation of our Fall Ponding experience. Yes, life does go on under the ice throughout winter! Students continue the study of the ecosystem of ponds found at the Center. We continue our observation of specialized wetland plant and animal communities. Students will meet a live pond critter and discuss how they survive the winter.
February 11, 2016
Winter Predator-Prey Relationships
Through a combination of audio-visual presentations, hands-on interaction, and outdoor investigations, students examine the interrelationships between predators and prey during winter. Everyone hikes outside to experience a camouflage trail and looks for signs of predators and prey. Students will meet a live Wisconsin winter predator!
March 10, 2016
Maple Sugaring: Its Beginnings
We celebrate this time of year by discovering the natural history of maple sugaring. Everyone starts indoors for a story telling about how maple sugaring started. Afterward, the older age group focuses on the traditions of maple sugaring, including an ethnobotany hike to the wigwam. Everyone reconvenes in the building for pancakes, pickles, and real maple syrup!
April 14, 2016
Ponding Through the Year: Spring
This program is the final session in our seasonal ponding study. Students will summarize our study of the ecosystem of the three different ponds found at the Center. We compare and contrast the seasonal dynamics of our wetland plant and animal communities. Students test water and take basic measurements in the field. We focus on insects and their life cycle in the pond.
May 12, 2016
Herpetology: The Study of Reptiles and Amphibians
Students engage in a hands-on investigation of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and salamanders. We discuss the many adaptations, structural and behavioral, that these creatures possess in order to thrive in their ecosystem. We also discover the habitats they reside in by venturing in search of these reptiles and amphibians.