Senior Elementary Homeschool Programs


Our Senior Elementary Homeschool Program is a science and project-based education program designed for students grades 4 to 5 (aged 10 – 11 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.


Senior Elementary Programs (Grades 4 – 5)


September 14, 2017
Ponding Through the Year: Fall
This program is an introduction to the ecosystem of different ponds throughout the year. Included is a study of specialized wetland plant and animal communities. Students participate in water testing and learn how to take basic measurements in the field. The program hones observational and identification skills while studying living and non-living parts of the pond environment.

October 12, 2017
Great Lake Michigan
Explore the largest freshwater system on Earth! The class studies Lake Michigan’s glacial past and the present day challenges of the system. Students collect scientific data on the health of Lake Michigan. In addition to hiking the shoreline, participants use hands-on discovery and observations in learning about water cycles, pollution and prevention, invasive species, bioaccumulation, and the importance of preserving and protecting the world’s fresh water.

November 9, 2017
The Awesome World of Raptors
Birds are an important part of every ecosystem on Earth. Through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and games, students study flight dynamics, adaptations, migration, and more! Participants will meet live raptors and focus on the role of raptors in their environment.

Winter (We may alternate our monthly programming depending upon snow and weather)

December 14, 2017
Snowshoeing 101
Explore the beautiful winter setting of our forests, fields, and lakes by snowshoe! Students will observe how plants and animals adapt to winter. In the exceptional absence of snow, we will still learn how to use snowshoes and participate in a game while wearing snowshoes, and after removing them, take a winter ecology hike.

January 11, 2018
Ponding Through the Year: Winter
This program is a continuation of our Fall Ponding experience. Yes, life does go on under the ice throughout winter! Students continue the study of the ecosystem of ponds found at the Center. We continue our observation of specialized wetland plant and animal communities. Students will meet a live pond critter and discuss how they survive the winter.

February 8, 2018
Winter Predator-Prey Relationships
Through a combination of audio-visual presentations, hands-on interaction, and outdoor investigations, students examine the interrelationships between predators and prey during winter. Everyone hikes outside to experience a camouflage trail and looks for signs of predators and prey. Students will meet a live Wisconsin predator!


March 8, 2018
Maple Sugaring: Its Beginnings
We celebrate this time of year by discovering the natural history of maple sugaring.  Everyone starts indoors for a story telling about how maple sugaring started. Afterward, the older age group focuses on the traditions of maple sugaring, including an ethnobotany hike to the wigwam. Everyone reconvenes in the building for pancakes, pickles, and real maple syrup!

April 12, 2018
Ponding through the Year: Spring
This program is the final session in our seasonal ponding study. Students will summarize our study of the ecosystem of different ponds found at the Center. We compare and contrast the seasonal dynamics of our wetland plant and animal communities. Students test water and take basic measurements in the field. We will review the life cycle of insects in the pond.

May 10, 2018
Herpetology: The Study of Reptiles and Amphibians
Students engage in a hands-on investigation of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and salamanders. We discuss the many adaptations, structural and behavioral, that these creatures possess in order to thrive in their ecosystem. We will discover the habitats they reside in by venturing in search of these reptiles and amphibians.



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 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.