2016/17 Secondary Homeschool Programs

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Our Secondary Homeschool Program is a science and project-based education program designed for students grades 6 to 8 (aged 12 – 14 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.


Secondary Programs (Grades 6 – 8)


September 8, 2016
Arthropods: Insects, Spiders, and the Like
Over 64% of all animal life on the planet earth is composed of arthropods. We will discuss the 5 kingdoms of life, which leads to an activity classifying invertebrates into their various taxonomic circles. Then we head outside and sweep net to identify live specimens by their respective 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 Indians Part 2: Life
Our discussion on American Indians continues as we look at where the various tribes in the United States lived and how the geography influenced their ways of life. Students join on an ethnobotany hike to learn how American Indians lived off of the land. Students will also make an American Indian craft using natural materials. Parents are encouraged to stay at the beginning, as Hoop Dancer Ron Preston will make a special appearance for homeschoolers.


December 8, 2016
Owls: Designed for Darkness
Flight and specialized vision offer the ability to capitalize on a niche not available to other feathered hunters…the dark. Students will observe Schlitz Audubon’s high-flying feathered ambassadors and study their specific adaptations for survival.

January 12, 2017
Deer Ecology and Management
At one point in time the White-tailed Deer population was significantly low throughout Wisconsin. Now their population has made a great comeback. Students will learn about deer ecology, how this animal’s overpopulation impacts the land, and the history of the Center’s deer management program. Through a hike into their breeding grounds, we’ll learn the many adaptations of this majestic creature.

February 9, 2017
Animal Anatomy
One can differentiate between animals based on their anatomy, and we will delve further than just carnivore versus herbivore. Students will embark an anatomy scavenger hunt, collecting various animal bones from a specific habitat. Dissection of frogs could be an option if parents and students are interested.


March 9, 2017
Habitats: Coniferous Forest
Venture to the Center’s spruce and pine habitats. Food chains that live in these areas will be discussed. Students will measure trees to determine how many board feet are in their tree and will then calculate the monetary value of their tree.

April 13, 2017
The history of Schlitz Audubon’s land is long and varied. Students will learn our history through an interactive power point presentation. We will then visit the original farm house  location to conduct our own excavation dig. We will discuss the artifacts that students discover.

May 11, 2017
Plants are at the base of every food chain and at the forefront of our lives. Students will discover how everything in their lives is derived from plants in some way. Interactive activities with animals will showcase the importance of plants to human life. We will explore various habitats and discuss the specific plants at these unique habitats.



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.