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Nature in Action: Homeschool Program

Homeschool field trips to Blandford Nature Center will immerse students in nature and are designed to help integrate Next Generation Science Standards while engaging students’ natural sense of  inquiry. Each program is taught by our highly experienced, trained and educated staff and is geared for children 5 to 10 years of age.

  • Students will split into 3 different groups based on age so that program content is appropriate.
  • Each program is from 1:30-3:00pm, lasting for 90 minutes. Be sure to be on time as we promptly start at 1:30pm.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather as the majority of the programs will be outdoors.

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Register for Blandford’s Homeschool Fall Session for a special flat fee of only $25.00! Each session has 3 monthly programs each lasting 90 minutes long. The second session will only open up once the first session is full (sessions will be identical in topics and instructors but be offered at different times and dates).

The deadline to register for this series package is September 11, 2017.

In addition to the deadline, there is a minimum requirement of 40 participants, so be sure to tell other homeschool families about this great educational experience!

Monday September 18, 2017: Focusing on the Farm Five
1:30-3:00PM 
Investigate the Blandford Farm using your five senses! See plants growing, hear
pollinators buzzing, taste vegetables and more as you get a hands-on
experience in a day in the life of a farmer. 


Monday October 16, 2017: Birds of a Feather
1:30-3:00PM 
Discover the amazing world of birds as they call for mates, build nests and raise
their young. Learn how to identify distinguishing characteristics and meet one of
our resident Birds of Prey. 

Monday November 20, 2017: A Pioneer’s Life
1:30-3:00PM
Become immersed in the rural life of a pioneer child by using machines and toys
of pioneer times and visiting historic buildings. Simple machines emphasize the
rural ways of pioneers by exploring old-fashion life throughout the seasons. Be
sure to dress for the weather!

Questions:
If you have any program questions or need homeschool information, please contact Blandford Nature Center’s Program Manager at registrar@blandfordnaturecenter.org

If you need assistance registering, please contact our registrar, at 616.735.6240 or email registrar@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Cancellation Policy:
Due to the nature of planning for our educators, there will be no refunds issued unless severe weather occurs and program cancellation is decided by Blandford Nature Center staff.

Register for Blandford’s Homeschool Spring Series for a special flat fee of only $25.00! Each session has 3 monthly programs lasting 90 minutes long. The second session will only open up once the first session is full. Session topics will be identical but the dates do differ.

Session 1 is open! 

The deadline to register for Session 1 is Monday, March 13, 2017.

Session 2 will open March 9th!

The deadline to register for Session 2 is Thursday, March 23, 2017.

In addition to the deadline, there is a minimum requirement of 30 participants , so be sure to tell other homeschool families about this great educational experience!

Session 1:

Monday March 20, 2017: In the Big Woods
1:30-3:00PM 
Spring has arrived in Blandford’s Big Woods and we know what means, right?! MAPLE SYRUP! Together, let’s explore early times spent waking from winter’s long nap to sugar (harvest Maple Syrup), trap game and log. Become an Anishinabe or pioneer as we kick off the Spring Homeschool Series.

Monday April 17, 2017: Exploring Ecosystems with Your Senses
1:30-3:00PM 
Wow! Did you see that? Oooohh, feel this! Ewww what is that smell? Wait!–I hear something! We will use all of our body’s sense factories as we investigate the variety of ecosystems found all over Blandford Nature Center.

Monday May 15, 2017: Underground, Underfoot
1:30-3:00PM
Who would have known that there was an entire world full of mysterious creatures right underneath our feet?! Join us, as we discover the slimy, fast, wiggly, and sometimes invisible organisms that call the dark, dank place under us home.

Session 2:

Reminder – Session 2 will open March 9th but will only run if the participant minimum is met. Sign up today and tell your friends!

Tuesday March 28, 2017: In the Big Woods
1:30-3:00PM 
Spring has arrived in Blandford’s Big Woods and we know what means, right?! MAPLE SYRUP! Together, let’s explore early times spent waking from winter’s long nap to sugar (harvest Maple Syrup), trap game and log. Become an Anishinabe or pioneer as we kick off the Spring Homeschool Series.

Tuesday April 25, 2017: Exploring Ecosystems with Your Senses
1:30-3:00PM 
Wow! Did you see that? Oooohh, feel this! Ewww what is that smell? Wait!–I hear something! We will use all of our body’s sense factories as we investigate the variety of ecosystems found all over Blandford Nature Center.

Tuesday May 23: Underground, Underfoot
1:30-3:00PM
Who would have known that there was an entire world full of mysterious creatures right underneath our feet?! Join us, as we discover the slimy, fast, wiggly, and sometimes invisible organisms that call the dark, dank place under us home.

Questions:
If you have any program questions or need homeschool information, please contact Blandford Nature Center’s Homeschool Liaison at homeschool@blandfordnaturecenter.org

If you need assistance registering, please contact registrar, at 616.735.6240 x19 or email registrar@blandfordnaturecenter.org.

Cancellation Policy:
Due to the nature of planning for our educators, there will be no refunds issued unless severe weather occurs and program cancellation is decided by Blandford Nature Center staff.