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2019 Homeschool Nature Programs

Are you homeschooling and looking for a way to get your kids outside and exploring, engaging, and discovering in nature?

Learn more about the EARLY Explorers and ECO Explorers programs below!

“I am very impressed with everything my child learned. We went for a walk the other day and she showed me many things in the woods that I didn’t know!”

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EARLY Explorers

  • WHO? Homeschool kids ages 5-9
  • WHEN? First Thursdays of the Month, September-May*
  • WHERE? Ottawa County Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing*

Why do leaves change color? Can you identify an animal by its skull? What can I spy under a microscope? We will explore these questions and a lot more through season-specific, age-appropriate topics. This monthly program meets on the first Thursday from September-May at the Hemlock Crossing Nature Center (unless otherwise noted). Each session will build on previous ones, providing an opportunity for growth throughout the school year for your curious kids ages 5-9.

Cost: $125 for nine sessions

Schedule: 10-11:30 am on these dates

  • September 5
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5
  • January 23* (4th Thursday)
  • February 6
  • March 5
  • April 2
  • May 7

The facilitators of the EARLY Explorers program make every effort to bring an Emergent Curriculum theory to each class. This child-led, flexible style of learning also means we aim to educate the whole child; expect to see components of music, movement, literature, art, and PLAY. Because this educational theory is dynamic, please allow for variations in topics.

Space is limited, sign up today!

ECO Explorers

  • WHO? Homeschool kids ages 10-14
  • WHEN? Various Mondays each Month, September- May*
  • WHERE? Ottawa County Nature Center at Hemlock Crossing*

This program is the next step up from the EARLY Explorers program, with students taking their investigations to a deeper level. By visiting several different parks through the seasons they’ll learn to properly navigate the natural landscape, make observations, ask questions to drive their understanding and record what they experience. This monthly program meets on various Mondays from September-May. Each session will build on previous ones, providing an opportunity for growth throughout the school year for your students ages 10-14.

Cost: $255 for nine sessions

Schedule: 9 am-2 pm on these dates

  • September 16
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 16
  • April 13
  • May 11

The facilitators of the Homeschool ECO Explorers programs make every effort to bring an Emergent Curriculum theory to each class. This student-led, flexible style of learning also means we aim to educate the whole child. Expect to see components of art, literature, geology, biology and ecology with content driven by student discoveries. Because this educational theory is dynamic, please allow for variations in topics.

Space is limited, sign up today!

About the Author

Jessica VanGinhoven

Jessica is the media contact for the Ottawa County Parks & Recreation Department: jvanginhoven@miottawa.org, (616) 994-4716