Programs for Homeschool Families

Program Fees: Unless noted programs are free for members; $8 per person for nonmember

Some programs charge slightly more due to materials and supplies.

Reservations are required in advance. 

Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games.  

Many of our Volunteer Activities can be suitable for homeschool families.

Upcoming events

    • 12/01/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification. Each month will focus on a different animal group. December's class will be an investigation of birds. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by November 29

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


    • 12/01/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  December's class will be an investigation of birds.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by November 29

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


    • 12/04/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    For ages 12-16

    Come practice a variety of ways to build fires – from some of the oldest to modern ways, and learn basic fire safety. We’ll end by cooking lunch in the fire we make together.

    Location: Battle Creek Nature Center

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 01/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

    Homeschool Fridays

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. January’s class will cover finding and making shelter in the outdoors – as well as how to pitch a tent.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family. 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by January 3 to attend   

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 01/05/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    Register

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. January’s class will cover finding and making shelter in the outdoors – as well as how to pitch a tent.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family. 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register by January 3 to attend   

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 01/08/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    Register

    For ages 12-16

    From a one-person emergency shelter to a bigger, long-term structure - knowing how to create your own shelter could come in handy.  Join friends new and old to learn about different types of shelters, what materials to use, and put then put that knowledge to practice.  

    Bring water, a snack, and a lunch.  Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee per teen
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 02/09/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Winter’s homeschool series focuses on “Outdoor Skills,” with each month will focusing on something different. In February’s class we will cover how to keep warm when it’s cold outside – including dressing right for the weather and safely using fire. This class will include a snack cooked over a fire.

    Please register by February 7 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 02/09/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Winter’s homeschool series focuses on “Outdoor Skills,” with each month will focusing on something different. In February’s class we will cover how to keep warm when it’s cold outside – including dressing right for the weather and safely using fire. This class will include a snack cooked over a fire.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 02/10/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    For children ages 12-16

    Come find out what it takes to work with captive hawks and owls.  Help take care of the daily maintenance of these birds and spend some time working hands-on with them.     

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

    Space is limited to 8.

    Fee is per child.

    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by February 7

     

    • 02/12/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    For ages 12-16

    Come practice a variety of ways to build fires – from some of the oldest to modern ways, and learn basic fire safety. We’ll end by cooking lunch in the fire we make together.

    Location: Battle Creek Nature Center

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 03/02/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/02/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Register

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/05/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

    Does your teen know how to read a map? Could they use one to get themselves home if they needed to? In this class we will practice with different kinds of maps, focusing on what types of situation each is good for, and practice making our own. We will also look at compasses and practice using those.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    • Free for Society members
    • $8 per person for nonmembers

    Register by February 28

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

Past events

11/06/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - How Do I Get There from Here?
11/03/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Mammals - PM Session
11/03/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Mammals - AM Session
10/16/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Chesapeake Bay Ecology
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - PM Session
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - AM Session
09/05/2017 Teen Homeschool - Kayaking Skills
09/01/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Animal Classification, Insects - PM session
09/01/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Animal Classification, Insects - AM session
07/22/2017 Teens Behind the Scenes - Animal Care
06/05/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Kayaking the Patuxent
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - PM session
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - AM session
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - PM session
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - AM session
05/01/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Nature Playspace
04/13/2017 Amphibian Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - PM session
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - AM session
04/03/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Spring Salamander Day
03/06/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Spring Herp Search
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - PM session
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - AM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - PM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - AM session
02/07/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Hike to the Big Cypress
01/12/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Animal Care
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - PM session
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - AM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
11/07/2016 Teen Homschool - Raptors Behind the Scenes
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way - PM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
10/03/2016 How Do I Get There from Here?
09/12/2016 Nature Playspace Project Day
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - PM session
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - AM session
06/09/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Kayak Skills and River Life
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
04/19/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Salamanders in the Swamp
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
03/28/2016 Junior Entomologist
03/23/2016 Spring Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
03/11/2016 Salamander Study Work Day
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
01/08/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
01/08/2016 Homeschool Fridays - AM
12/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
11/06/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
10/03/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Animal Classification - Fish
10/02/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
10/02/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
09/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
06/24/2015 Junior Entomologist
03/04/2015 Salamander Study Orientation

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