Thursdays | March 10, April 14, and May 12
Our Senior Elementary Homeschool Program is designed for students ages 9-11 to delve deeper into the natural world. Alongside experienced naturalists, students will explore habitats including the shore of Lake Michigan, ponds, prairies, and forests. We offer a variety of interactions with nature such as hikes, field data collection, and live animals.
March 10, 2022 | Maple Sugar Time
Join us for a celebration and renewal of spring; it’s Maple Sugar Time! This ancient tradition was first observed in the mid-1500’s. We’ll share legends and stories of how maple sugaring first began and learn about the history of turning sap into syrup. We’ll learn about the process of maple sugaring through discovering the history of various tools and methods developed since the time of the first peoples through today, and end the day by sampling some of its sweet delights!
April 14, 2022 | Marvelous Mammals
Mammals are found all over the world and in all sorts of environments and climates. We’ll learn more about some of Wisconsin’s furry warm-blood vertebrates. What are some of their similarities and differences, and how do their characteristics relate to their environment and lifestyle? Explore the habitats of the Center and search for clues and signs of mammals living here – we may be able to find and even meet a live Wisconsin animal!
May 12, 2022 | Birds – Our Fine Feathered Friends
What makes a bird a bird? Students will investigate the characteristics of birds and meet one of the Center’s live ambassadors. We will climb our 60-foot tower for a bird’s eye view, searching for birds and their nesting sites, and play trail games that each about bird adaptations. Students will hike to Lake Michigan’s shoreline to watch for migrating birds returning to their summer nesting habitats and analyze the tools that birds use to make their journey home.
A completed student profile, which includes a health history and emergency care plan, is required for each participant prior to registration. We require a new student profile prior to each school year.