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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 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 opens Thursday, February 16, 2017!

The deadline to register for Session 1 is Monday, March 13, 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 only open up once Session 1 is full. If you have questions, contact our Homeschool Liason.

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.

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 2, 2016.

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 September 19, 2016: Take a Hike
1:30-3:00PM 
As late summer slowly turns into fall many things start to change–leaves turn colors, wildlife become a little bit busier preparing for winter, the weather becomes cooler but who knows what else this season will bring?! Be prepared for a general ecology hike with the discovery of mysterious and interesting fall phenomena waiting around each corner!

Monday October 17, 2016: A Wild Harvest
1:30-3:00PM 
Mmmm…Harvest time! The reward after long, hot summers is the bountiful harvest that we’ve worked so hard for. Either by spending time at the farm or hiking through the forest and meadows, students will keep their eyes open and their taste buds prepped for the delicious berries, plump tomatoes and other scrumptious edibles they’ll find along their way.

Monday November 21, 2016: Wintery Wildlife
1:30-3:00PM
Investigate what it takes for wildlife living at Blandford to prepare for surviving the frigid cold winter! Students will discover the 3 main ways (hibernation, migration & staying active/adapt) animals can survive and maybe even thrive during this cold season. Be sure to dress for the weather!

Session 2:

Tuesday September 27, 2016: Take a Hike
1:30-3:00PM 
As late summer slowly turns into fall many things start to change–leaves turn colors, wildlife become a little bit busier preparing for winter, the weather becomes cooler but who knows what else this season will bring?! Be prepared for a general ecology hike with the discovery of mysterious and interesting fall phenomena waiting around each corner!

Tuesday October 25, 2016: A Wild Harvest
1:30-3:00PM 
Mmmm…Harvest time! The reward after long, hot summers is the bountiful harvest that we’ve worked so hard for. Either by spending time at the farm or hiking through the forest and meadows, students will keep their eyes open and their taste buds prepped for the delicious berries, plump tomatoes and other scrumptious edibles they’ll find along their way.

Tuesday November 29, 2016: Wintery Wildlife
1:30-3:00PM
Investigate what it takes for wildlife living at Blandford to prepare for surviving the frigid cold winter! Students will discover the 3 main ways (hibernation, migration & staying active/adapting) animals can survive and maybe even thrive during this cold season. Be sure to dress for the weather!

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 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.