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)

Fall

September 14, 2017
Reptiles
Students will learn about the state’s resident snakes, turtles, and lizards through a PowerPoint presentation, as well as up-close interactions with these critters. After that, we will head out to the ponds with nets in tow to capture these elusive creatures and discuss their special characteristics.

October 12, 2017
Native Americans part 3: Survival
Our discussion on American Indians continues as we delve into how the tribes lived off of the land. We will discuss the various weapons they used, how animals became clothing, and how vegetation became a shelter. When there was time available, games were played and food was eaten; students can expect to do both of these.

November 9, 2017
Birds of Prey
Are all raptors birds of prey? Are all birds of prey raptors? This program will teach students the difference, and invite them to meet some of the Center’s very own feathered ambassadors up close. We’ll then hike outside and get a “hawk’s-eye view” from our 60 foot observation tower, play trail games that emphasize raptor characteristics, and conduct a feather study to learn about flight.

Winter

December 14, 2017
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is our state’s greatest resource. Students will participate in interactive activities that emphasize the importance of fresh water as a resource. We will then hike down to the beach where we will learn the history of Lake Michigan, complete a Lake Michigan food chain and discuss bioaccumulation. The students finish by beach combing the Center’s shoreline and discussing topics like: magnetite, fossils, and zebra mussels.

January 11, 2018
Winter Ecology by Snowshoe
It has been said that nature dies in winter. The natural world may slow down, but it does not die. In fact, without the bright variety of summer and fall colors in the vegetation, in winter we can more easily see things that are otherwise camouflaged. Students will also learn the purpose of snowshoes and how they have evolved over the years.

February 8, 2018
Conservation and Sustainability
The Main building at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center is considered a model of sustainability. Through interactive activities, students will learn about: conservation, sustainability, renewable and non-renewable resources, and alternative energy sources. Students will take a tour of the building, which features green construction strategies from floor to ceiling.

Spring

March 8, 2018
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 about latitude and longitude while having fun.

April 12, 2018
Amphibians and Ephemeral ponds
Ephemeral ponds are ponds that are only wet for a few months of the year, typically in the spring. They are linked with amphibians, as many of these species seek out ephemeral ponds to reproduce. Students will chart an ephemeral pond onsite, in addition to learning about the various species native to our state and their distinctive calls.

May 10, 2018
Ecology by Canoe
Sometimes the best way to study wildlife is to go where the wildlife are. Students will paddle throughout the Center’s 1-acre Mystery Lake in search of turtles and frogs. We will discuss what we catch along with the various vegetation that make up this habitat.

 

Pricing

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

 

Registration

Registration for the 2017/18 school year begins on Monday, July 17. New homeschool program participants must fill out the New Student Homeschool Registration Form 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! If your child is a returning participant in our program and their medical/emergency contact information has not changed, please fill in and submit the Returning Homeschool Student Registration Form *. Please mail (attn: Danielle), drop-off, or fax the form to 414-352-6091.

If your child has medical concerns that may require medication while participating in 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

* On the first day of class, please be prepared to sign and date last year’s medical forms to confirm that everything is up to date.

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