Homeschool Program

NEW! Homeschool programs are offered once a month on Fridays at two different time frames, except for September's program.

  • All programming will be conducted outside to encourage social distancing. Masks are encouraged but not required.
  • In the case of inclement weather, the program may be moved indoors. Masks are strongly recommended in the building. If wind chills are below 20 degrees F, the program will be canceled or postponed.
  • Students may be split up into two classrooms, K-2nd and 3rd-8th.

2021-2022 Schedule

September: A Grasshopper’s Life - Learn about this group of fascinating insects. In this class, we will explore what makes the order Orthoptera unique, collect and identify various species, and create models to learn more about their movement and sound. September 24   2:30-4:00 p.m.

October: Unhuggables - A variety of mammals, reptiles, and other animals are often misunderstood. Students will learn how these unique animals are important parts of the ecosystem. October 22 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m. 

November: Waterfowl Migrations - Explore the marsh in search of waterfowl that are on their fall migration. Students will learn about the challenges these birds face and what we can do to help them on their journey. November 19 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

December: On the Brink - Students will learn about a variety of state species that are listed on the Threatened and Endangered Species List. Students will identify some of the reasons for species endangerment and describe some ways to restore these species populations. December 17  @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

January: Ancient Iowa - Step back in time and discover what life was like millions of years ago. Students will explore the Devonian Period and learn about the plants and animals that lived during that time. January 28 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

February: What you Wear is What they Were - Students will identify principal plant and animal resources from which their clothing was made. They will identify the environmental consequences of clothing preferences.  February 18 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

March: Let It Rot - Dig in to discover the hidden world of decomposers and soil. Students will design and conduct an experiment to investigate soil types and organisms that are found in soil. March 25 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

April: Spring Bird Migrants - Using sight and sound, students will identify and inventory the local bird population. They will also describe the importance of inventorying wildlife populations. April 22 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.

May: Under the Scope - Explore the natural world using microscopes. Students will learn how to use a microscope by using items they collect around the marsh.  May 27 @ 10:00-11:30 a.m. & 2:30-4:00 p.m.


Registration and Important Info

  • Registration is open for September's program only. All following program registrations will be open on September 10th.
  • Registration and payment are required.
  • Due to high demand, programs are offered at two different times (except September's program).
  • Maximum of 15 students per session.
  • To register for individual classes, go to the Calendar or click on the date(s) above. Online registration is required to reserve your spot.
  • Log in to your account to receive member pricing.

*Classes are subject to change due to unforeseen events and inclement weather.