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! Each month we will learn about different topics through a combination of live virtual instruction and activities that can be done in the safety of your home. We encourage students to explore the outside world and then join an Arboretum Naturalist via Zoom for instructional classes 3 times a month.

Schedule: Virtual Instruction on three Mondays OR Thursdays a month from 1:30 – 2:30 pm (classes for ages 5 – 6, 7 – 8, and 9 – 12)
Fees per student: $60 member** / $90 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

*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.

Member registration opens Tuesday, August 11 at 9 am. Nonmember registration opens Tuesday, August 18.

September: Amazing Arachnids

Monday 14, 21, 28 OR Thursday 10, 17, 24
Registration closes Wednesday, September 9 at noon

Spiders have an infamous reputation that often belies how amazing and beneficial these tiny arthropods actually are. Learn about what they are, investigate some spider super powers, and develop a new appreciation for these misunderstood arachnids.

October: Ickyology

Monday 5, 12, 19 OR Thursday 8, 15, 22
Registration closes Wednesday, September 30 at noon

What makes something gross? This month investigate and explore topics like gestation, scat, and anatomy. Test your nerves and discover that sometimes the more you know about a subject, the less icky it becomes.

Registration for October is closed.

November: Microworlds

Monday 2, 9, 16 OR Thursday 5, 12, 19
Registration closes Wednesday, October 28 at noon

An entire universe of living things is thriving right outside the limits of our eyes. There are more microscopic organisms on Planet Earth than all other living things combined! Tunnel down into the forest floor and dive into a drop of water to see what tiny creatures are living there. 

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December: Surviving Winter

Monday 7, 14, 21 OR Thursday 3, 10, 17
Registration closes Wednesday, December 2 at noon

Who will survive our winter? Plants and animals have special strategies to help them deal with the harsh conditions of winter. Learn how animals hibernate, migrate, or adapt to survive during these winter months. 

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