Thursdays | March 12, April 9, and May 14
Our Secondary Homeschool Program is an immersive experience for children ages 12-14. Led by experienced naturalists, these older students will explore the outer reaches of our Center’s land and engage at a deeper level in topics such as geology, ecology, and conservation.
March 12, 2020 | American Indian Maple Sugar Time
Maple Sugar Time! Bring your boots and sweet tooth as we travel through the stages of making maple syrup, from tapping trees to boiling sap and enjoying real maple syrup. Our program begins with a live story of how maple syrup was first discovered by Native Americans complete with a visit to our wigwam. Then it’s off to the maple grove to visit maple trees. We top it off with real maple syrup over silver dollar sized pancakes.
April 9, 2020 | Ephemeral Pond Monitoring
Ephemeral ponds are ponds that are only wet for a few months of the year, typically in the spring. They are a crucial habitat for amphibians, as many species of these creatures seek out these ponds to reproduce. Students will become Citizen Scientists and collect monitoring data at an ephemeral pond onsite. Students will discover the various species native to our state ponds and wetlands and learn to identify them.
May 14, 2020 | Ecology by Geocaching
Geocaching is one of the few things that combines nature and technology. Students will search not for cache boxes, but cache blocks. These blocks describe the habitat the students are in or an animal that lives in the habitat. Students will also learn latitude and longitude, and have fun at the same time.
A completed student profile, which includes a health history and emergency care plan, is required for each participant prior to registration.
Homeschool sessions are also available for Junior Elementary (6-8 years old) and Senior Elementary (9 – 11 years old) students.