Homeschool Programs

Homeschool families have several options for using Ijams Nature Center as an outdoor classroom. Whether you decide to come explore on your own, lead your group with one of our backpacks, or participate in our Ijams Homeschool Academy, Ijams has something for everyone!

Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures

These field-based programs are designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the natural world through fun and hands-on experiences! Programs are led by a talented team of Ijams Naturalists and volunteers, and offers programs for ages 3 and up!

Nature Ed-Ventures is our basic course of 8 hands-on workshops, divided into 2 semesters, each with 4 sessions. Students will stay with their age group for the entire year. For example, if a child turns 10 in January, he/she will stay in the Elementary group until the next year. This helps us keep our enrollment consistent.

2019 Spring Semester

  • Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28
  • Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28
  • Wednesday, April 24 and Thursday, April 25
  • Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23

Preschool: Ages 3-5* (10:00 am – 11:00 am)

Preschool students will spend the year exploring nature through hands-on sensory activities. Children well get to use their 5 senses as they become more connected with the world around them.

Cost: $60 per year

Spring Semester

  • February: Who’s Been Here?
  • March: Signs of Spring
  • April: Hiding in Plain Sight
  • May: Seeing Nature Through Their Eyes

*Age as of August 15, 2018

Elementary: Ages 6-9* (10:00 am – 11:30 am)
Middle School: Ages 10-13* (10:00 am — 12:00 pm)

Elementary and Middle School students will become part of the Year of the Bird as they take a closer look at our feathered friends. The fall semester will focus on the characteristics of birds, adaptations, migration, and bird conservation. In the spring, students will become more familiar with plants as trees as they explore plant adaptations, photosynthesis, seed dispersal and invasive species.

Cost: Elementary-$80.00 per year; Middle School- $90.00 per year

Spring Semester: All About Plants

  • February: What is a Plant?
  • March: Making Energy
  • April: Seed Dispersal
  • May: Invasive Species & Conservation

*Age as of August 15, 2018

We currently offer the following sessions of homeschool:

  • Preschool (Wednesdays)- FULL
  • Elementary (Wednesdays)- FULL
  • Elementary (Thursdays)
  • Middle School (Wednesdays)

How to Register:

We currently have openings in our Thursday morning Elementary class and our Wednesday morning Middle School class. 

To register for these sessions, please visit our online registration portal.

Self-guided Explorations

Ijams nature Center is free and open to the public for hikes and nature exploration. Homeschool families and/or small groups are welcome to come discover the outdoors during regular business hours. Because Ijams is an independent non-profit organization, we rely on program fees, donations, memberships, and grants to operate and maintain the wonderful 315-acre nature center. If you choose to explore Ijams on your own, please consider becoming a member, or making a donation. Those funds are the only way to ensure the Ijams Nature Center remains a beautiful and welcoming resource for years to come!