2016/17 Junior Elementary Homeschool Programs

ED-13-Summer Camp 15

Our Junior Elementary Homeschool Program is a science and project-based education program designed for students grades 2 to 3 (aged 7 – 9 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.


Junior Elementary Programs (Grades 2 – 3)


September 8, 2016
Energy in the Pond
Students learn about energy movement in the pond by searching for the small creatures and the things they eat. We will use paper and digital field guides with pictures and information on various macroinvertebrate species, and get a chance to see them on the big screen during our Creature Feature. We will discuss why a variety of invertebrates is an indicator of healthy pond ecosystem.

October 13, 2016
The Water Cycle
Water is the liquid of life. What ways do people, plants, and animals use this essential compound? Where does it come from and where does it go? We explore the natural and human-centered water cycles and why water conservation is so important. Students learn about the water cycle through activities, experiments, and discussions.

November 10, 2016
Native Ways
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: Flying Mouse Traps!
This program is all about some of the mightiest hunters in the sky, owls. After viewing an indoor movie of one of our favorite stories, students will meet some of the live owls of our Raptor Program! Participants will have the opportunity to dissect a real owl pellet to figure out what that owl had for dinner, and hike to find places to look for owls. If you go on an owl prowl, you’ve got to be a quiet prowler!

January 12, 2017
Oh, Deer!
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center has a large population of deer, but we rarely see them up close! Through interactive games, trail activities, and pictures from our trail cam, we will learn all about the deer who call the center home. How do they survive the winter? What happens to their antlers when they drop them? We will find out!

February 9, 2017
Winter: Tracks, Traces, and Tree ID!
Winter can make animals easier to study because of their tracks, and trees harder to identify because they lose their leaves! We’ll learn about winter survival and animal ecology by examining the ubiquitous tracks and signs they leave. Students will also learn how to identify trees without leaves by making bark rubbings and learning about branch patterns. We will uncover some of various strategies plants and animals use to survive winter.


March 9, 2017
Maple Trees and Photosynthesis
This program is an exciting way to explore our very important producers (VIPs) and their direct link to the sun. We learn about the life-sustaining process of photosynthesis and the everyday products we get from these VIPs. Learn about specific parts of plants by studying maple trees and all the aspects that make up a plant. We may even get to try some tree-food!

April 13, 2017
Diurnal Hunters of the Sky
Our raptors are amazing! We will meet some of the Center’s resident raptors, then head outside. We start out getting a “hawk’s eye view” from our 60-foot observation tower to learn about raptor sight, then play trail games that teach about raptor adaptations, and study feathers to learn about flight. Students also have the opportunity to touch and hold raptor artifacts.

May 11, 2017
Rock and Roll with Soil and More!
Explore the incredible rocks and soil of the Center’s terrace and beach. We’ll start with a presentation and then head outside to collect soil samples and different types of beach rocks. From these experiences, students will learn about the rock cycle. We will also discover what kinds of fossils we have on our beach. The glaciers brought gifts thousands of years ago and students get to hold the history in their hands!



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.

Registration Form

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.

Medical Authorization Form

If you have any questions or to register, please contact Danielle Fleischman, Registrar, at 414-352-2880 x224.