Virtual Home School Program

Home schoolers ages 5-12 will learn about the world of science!

Join us virtually to explore the fascinating world of science and nature! A different three-week science unit will be taught each month, with each class consisting of virtual instruction time, a packet full of take-home crafts and projects, and outdoor activities. Each class will feature custom-made videos by Arboretum Naturalists for each topic, as well as book readings and other extension ideas provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities.


Schedule: Live ZOOM instruction on three Mondays a month from 1:30 – 2:30 pm (classes for ages 5 – 6, 7 – 8, and 9 – 12)
Fees per student: $65 member** / $95 nonmember per three-week unit

**Family Tree membership or above required to receive member price.

This includes:

  • Live instruction via Zoom with one of our Naturalists*
  • Materials Packet with supplies for crafts and activities**
  • Video lessons and links to activities
  • An additional opportunity to go on a guided hike the Thursday after the last class for the month. The hikes will be a maximum of 10 people and will be offered at 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm.  

*Classes will be recorded so that participants can re-watch them or view them at a later time during the month. 

**Some activities require parental involvement. Materials may be shipped to you for an additional $20 flat rate. Please email Justin Clay to request a shipment. 

Registration note: Registering for multiple months? Please remember to register your child in the same age group for the entire semester. Once registered you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to access the classes and links to everything you need for the month. Live sessions will be supplemented with a materials packet containing activity supplies and instructions. Packets will be available for pick up at the Nature Center the week before the first class of the month.


January 4, 11, 25

Registration closes Friday, January 1 at noon

With a hike available on Thursday the 28th 

Where is all the wildlife going? From the Kemps Ridley Sea Turtle to the Houston Toad, many of our native creatures are threatened or endangered. Spend the month learning why these Texas natives are disappearing and what you can do to help!

Amazing Amphibians

February 1, 8, 22

Registration closes Friday, January 29 at noon

With a hike available Thursday the 25th

The word amphibian comes from the Greek word amphibios “of two lives”, and it is an accurate description for these fascinating creatures that spend part of their lives in the water and part on land.  Whether it’s the awesome regenerative ability of salamanders or the loud croak of a frog, amphibians never fail to amaze us. 

Crafted by Nature

March 1, 8, 22

Registration closes Friday, February 26 at noon

With a hike available Thursday the 25th

From colorful patterns to brilliant designs, nature has a lot to teach us. Discover what gadgets and gizmos humans have invented based on plant and animal adaptations. Then get creative as you build your own inventions!

City Critters

April 5, 12, 19

Registration closes Friday, April 2 at noon

With a hike available Thursday the 22nd

Not all wildlife live in the forest! Some wild animals have been able to adapt and thrive in human environments. Become an urban biologist as we figure out the secrets to survival in a big city!

Science Showcase

May 3, 10, 17

Registration is closed for May.

Registration closes Friday, April 30 at noon

With a hike available Thursday the 20th

Learn the Scientific Method, conduct experiments, and create a science fair project. Students will get to showcase their projects on the last week of Home School!