Homeschool Nature Series
Series of Classes Specifically designed for Homeschoolers.
10 am – 2 pm. Bring a lunch!
Cost: $175 for 1 month per child
February: 5, 12, 19, 26
March: 5, 12, 19, 26
April: 2, 9 (16 is PS holiday), 23, 30
May: 7, 14, 21, 28
Register for one month or all four!
Space is limited to 10 children. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.355.3137 to register.
Led by Haley, recent Sterling College Graduate and Natural History and Nature Based Education enthusiast!
Overview- Over the course of these Wednesday sessions, we will work on developing naturalist skills, such as identifying bird species, interpreting animal behavior, and understanding ecological concepts. We will also explore the natural world through games, stories, and songs. Our goal is to help each child develop a sense of respect and wonder for nature, as well as a sense of their own strengths and passion for learning. Please note that the exact content of each program will depend on the weather and seasonality.
February – The Mind and Movements of Mammals
During February, we will spend our time following animal tracks and signs over the different habitats of the Pratt Center property, learning to identify the tracks by species and interpreting their behavior. As well, we will be discussing how different animals in the area have adapted to stay warm through the winter. We will also be tracking our own movements by learning how to use a compass, and exploring the woods off-trail on an orienteering course.
This month may also include maple sugaring, depending on the weather.
March – How We Stay Warm
This month we will focus on learning about basic survival skills, such as fire building and making shelters. Over the course of the four weeks, we will learn about the best kinds of wood to build a fire, and different methods of making fire, including fire by friction. We can use our fires to keep warm and heat up some yummy treats! Depending on snow cover, we will attempt to make snow shelters, as well as making a basic shelter using a tarp.
April – Birds and Buds
Join us as the world around us grows warmer, and some of our feathered friends return! We will spend some of April marking the arrival of migratory birds, and learning how to identify them by sight and sound. When we aren’t keeping our eyes on the skies, we’ll watch the trees as they emerge from dormancy and their buds start bursting. We’ll learn about the different trees that make their home here, and talk about their lifecycles.
May – Spring Things
During May, we will explore the plants of Pratt, and talk about their names, characteristics, adaptations, etc. While we are out and about, we may collect some of our more common species for plant pressing. Over the course of the month, we will also trek our way up to our vernal pool and over to the pond, and keep an eye on our resident amphibians. Other activities will include puddle-jumping, trekking through mud, and playing and planting in the garden.
June, July, August – Summer Camp!