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

    • 09/01/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Ages 4-12, with adult 

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

    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

    Please register by August 29 to attend


    • 09/01/2017
    • 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.

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    Ages 4-12, with adult 

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

    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

    Please register by August 29 to attend


    • 09/05/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    We'll practice our basic kayaking skills while paddling the Patuxent River. Teens will help clean up the kayaks and associated equipment after the summer season.

    Give your homeschool teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.

    Ages 12-16 years

    Please register by 8/31/17

    Location: Kings Landing Park     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


     

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 10/06/2017
    • 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.  October's class will be an investigation of fish. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by October 4 to attend

    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).


    • 10/06/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

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

    Please register by October 4 to attend

    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).


    • 10/16/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For students ages 12-16 years

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? This month’s class will focus on the animals and plants live in the Bay and why they are important. We will sample the nearshore life with a seine net - identifying what we find and discussing their place in the ecosystem.

    Chest waders will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Location Flag Ponds Nature Park 
      
    Please register by October 12

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it. 
        
        
       
    • 11/03/2017
    • 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.

    Join waitlist

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 1 to attend

    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).


     

     

     

    • 11/03/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    Ages 4-12, adult participation required

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 1 to attend

    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).

     

     

     

     

     

    • 11/06/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

        
    Which way is west from here?  North is the side of the tree with the moss, right?  If you have wanted to learn how to use a compass, now’s your chance!  We’ll go over ways of finding your way without a compass, compass basics, then put our newly-learned skills to the test on an orienteering course around the park.   

    Location - Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    Free for Society members

    $8 per person for nonmembers
      
    Register by November 2 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 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.

    Join waitlist

    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
    • 3

    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
    • 1

    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

Past events

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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