Homeschool Programs

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 3-9.

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 6 in January, he/she will stay in the Preschool group until the next year. This helps us keep our enrollment consistent.

2019 Fall Semester

  • Wednesday, September 11
  • Wednesday, September 25
  • Wednesday, October 2
  • Wednesday, October 23
2020 Spring Semester

  • Wednesday, March 11
  • Wednesday, March 25
  • Wednesday, April 8
  • Wednesday, April 22

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

Fall (Insects and Other Invertebrates)

  • Butterflies and Life Cycles (Four stages of butterfly metamorphosis)
  • Spiders and other Creepy Crawlies (How spiders and other arthropods differ from insects)
  • Aquatic Invertebrates (Which insects spend part of their life cycle underwater?)
  • Worms, slugs, and snails (A look at some of the slimier critters that live in the soil and under logs)

Spring (Reptiles and Amphibians… and maybe some others)

  • Nature Detective Hike (Looking for signs and and tracks of animals at Ijams)
  • Kids take the lead (Participants will be the nature guides!)
  • Amphibians (The watery world of frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians)
  • Snakes (A look at the slithery and scaly citizens of Ijams)

*Age as of August 15, 2019

Elementary: Ages 6-9* (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

Elementary students will spend their Fall and Spring exploring the world of creeping and crawling creatures. In the Fall, students dive in to the tiny world of insects. With nets, bug boxes, and good old log flipping we will discover just how important these animals are. In Spring we will move up the food chain to become herpetologists. We will stalk frogs and catch lizards to understand their similarities and differences.

Cost: $80.00 per year

Fall Semester (All About Insects):

  • The who, what, where, and why of insects (What are insects?)
  • Gotta catch ‘em all (how do you catch insects)
  • It’s all in the family (Identification of major insect families)
  • Little things make the world go ‘round (insect environmental services)

Spring Semester (Reptiles and Amphibians):

  • What is Herpetology?
  • Webbed feet and warts (frogs, toads, and amphibians)
  • Scales and tails (lizards, snakes, and reptiles)
  • The great Herpetology Hunt! (a fun and exciting scavenger hunt to see how many of these animals we can find at Ijams)

*Age as of August 15, 2019

HOMESCHOOL POLICIES: Please read the policies CAREFULLY during the registration process. Signing up for Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures indicates your intent to comply with these policies and procedures.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Once the Wednesday classes fill up, we will start a wait list. If we have sufficient interest on the waitlist, we will open an additional session on Thursdays (of the same week). If the Thursday sessions open, and participants wish to change sessions, there will be an administrative fee of $15 per child.