Homeschool nature programs will provide opportunities to discover the outdoors, have hands-on learning experiences, and explore natural history.  Each month will focus on a different topic during the hour and half long program. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for each program that is of interest.

  • Tuesday, November 2 at Dog Creek Park (1:30-3:00 p.m.): This month we will learn about the animal food chain and investigate skulls. Using the skulls we will see what those animals might eat. Participants will also go on a hike to see if we can find evidence of animals living at Dog Creek Park.
  • Tuesday, December 14 at Prairie Heritage Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.): Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the prairie as a pioneer? We will explore what it would have been like to be one of the first settlers and have some hands-on experiences.
  • Tuesday, January 18 at Prairie Heritage Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.):  Let's have some fun with snow! We will try out some experiments using snow and ice. Weather pending we will get outside and go for a hike to explore around the Prairie Heritage Center. If we have enough snow, we will snowshoe!
  • Tuesday, February 15 at Prairie Heritage Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.): Grab your lab coat and your beakers for this month's program. We will use the scientific method as we try out some wacky science experiments.
  • Tuesday, March 22 at Prairie Heritage Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.): Ready, steady, aim! This month participants can try out archery. They also will get to build their own catapults to really test out their aim. Participants must be ages 8+
  • Tuesday, April 5 at Prairie Heritage Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.): Spring is here! We will hike the great outdoors and go on a hunt for the pasque flower.
  • Tuesday, May 3 at Mill Creek Park (1:30-3:00 p.m.): What lives in a pond? Come and find out as we explore the shoreline at Mill Creek Park, learn about frog life cycles, and create a fun water craft.

Mini Naturalists is a great hands-on introduction to the natural world for youth ages 2-5 that are budding naturalists. This is an hour long program that may include games, story time, crafts, and interactive experiences. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for each program that is of interest.

  • Wednesday, November 10 at Dog Creek Park (10:00-11:00 a.m.):  Let's explore the world of spiders! Enjoy a book all about spiders, sing some songs, and play some games. We will even make a fun spider for you to take home!
  • Wednesday, December 1 at Prairie Heritage Center (10:00-11:00 a.m.): We are headed back in time to discover the prehistoric world. We will read a book about prehistoric creatures, play some dinosaur games, and create our own fossils.
  • Wednesday, February 16 at Prairie Heritage Center (10:00-11:00 a.m.): How do animals stay warm in the winter? Join us as we learn all about winter adaptations for our animal friends through different hands-on activities.
  • Wednesday, March 16 at Prairie Heritage Center (10:00-11:00 a.m.): Why does it rain and how do rainbows appear? We will create our own rainstorm, learn about the water cycle, and create a beautiful rainbow to take home.
  • Wednesday, April 6 at Prairie Heritage Center (10:00-11:00 a.m.): What has wings and flies? This month we are going to explore the world of birds. We will sing some songs, try out different bird beaks, and go on a hike to see what birds we can find.
  • Wednesday, May 4 at Mill Creek Park (10:00-11:00 a.m.): Ribbit, ribbit - Let's learn all about frogs! We will explore the the frog life cycle and look for tadpoles.