Pratt Nature Center’s Homeschool Program

Our homeschool program is a nature-based, experience focused program that helps enrich the education of your child by providing unique opportunities to learn and grow academically, socially, physically and emotionally.  Each day spent on our 205 acre property provides a world of possibilities that will challenge and support your child in their learning. We’ll help them to build confidence, independence and self-awareness using the natural world as their classroom.

Weekly sessions on Thursdays from 9:30-3:00 will provide kids aged 6 to 16 with a wide range of options for learning. Our flexible programming allows for kids to pursue their unique interests within the scope of our selected session topics, engage in group experiences or find success with an engaging mix of both.

Our topics will touch on many different focus areas, depending on the season and interests, including topics like orienteering, ecology, survival skills, macro-invertebrate study, hiking, primitive tools, biomimicry, snowshoeing, zoology, birding, herbalism, gardening, and citizen science projects -just to name a few! All of our learning is presented at a variety of levels so that evert kid will get an experience that is most appropriate to their age and talents. 

Community plays a very important part in everything we do here at Pratt. We encourage kids in our programs to support each other and develop respect for not just nature but for themselves and others. Depending on enrollment and the activities for the day, kids will experience their days in a variety of group settings – in smaller, mixed-aged groups or as a whole group. 

Our mixed aged groups are set up as follows:

Trailblazers for ages 6-10

Voyagers for ages 11-16

A typical day in our program begins with community building activities to welcome everyone and discuss our focus for the day. Afterward, we’ll head outside to a part of the property that is best suited for our exploration for that day, depending on the topic and/or interests of the group. Our program is rain or shine and outdoors for the entire day. We believe that there is no bad weather, just the right clothing! Of course, we’ll head inside when we need to – during any weather that is unsafe or to warm up during the winter months. We won’t have a set time for lunch but we will stop around midday to eat and children are welcome to snack when they need to. Lunch and snacks are not provided, each child will need to bring their own lunch. Depending on the focus for the day, we’ll continue our learning from the morning after lunch or move on to another topic with different activities for the second half of the day. We’ll come together as group to finish up our day together, just like we started. Our program is designed to be purposeful but flexible and open-ended so that each child can fall into a rhythm that suits them best.  Specifics around topics and appropriate clothing will be communicated just prior to each Thursday session.

 

There are three seasonal sessions of Pratt’s Homeschool Program. Kids may register for one, two or all three.

Fall: Thursdays, 9:30-3:00. Begins 9/6, ends 11/8 (10 Sessions) $646.00

Winter: Thursdays, 9:30-3:00. Begins 1/10, ends 2/28 (8 Sessions) $517.00

Spring: Thursdays, 9:30-3:00. Begins 3/7, ends 5/9 (10 Sessions) $646.00

Registration is required at least one week prior to the start of a session.  Families can pay in full prior to the beginning of a session but flexible payment plans are available with a non-refundable $100 deposit per session. Please contact us to develop a payment plan that works for you and your family.

You may register online here: Homeschool Registration

We look forward to learning with you! 

Email justin@prattcenter.org with any questions.