Introduce your homeschool student to the Natural Sciences.

Now is the time to encourage your child’s love of nature! This fall, preschool and homeschool children will have the opportunity explore all that the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. Students will experience learning through classroom activities, outdoor field investigations, laboratory science, small group activities and take-home study packets. Each course curriculum is developed by the Heard Museum's education staff who strive to recognize and meet the needs of homeschool families.

Homeschool Science Program is appropriate for children ages 5-11. (Use child’s birthday as of September 1.)

Classes meet Tuesday from 1-3 P.M. 

The 5 and 6-7 year-old classes for fall 2015 and spring 2016 are now FULL.

Tuition (26 Hours/13 Weeks)

$210 Heard Museum Member* | $230 Non-member

Monthly Payment Plan

(Includes $5 processing fee per payment) 

$95  Heard Museum Member* down payment | $115  Non-member down payment

A monthly payment (includes a $5 processing fee) will be charged to your credit card on file the 1st of October and November in the fall or February and March in the spring.  

Dates

Fall Semester

  • Starts week of September 8
  • Ends week of Dec 15
  • No classes Thanksgiving week
  • Meet the Teacher Open House 
    • Drop by and visit the classroom and meet the Teacher anytime during the hour.
    • Offered Tuesday, September 1 from 1-2pm

Spring Semester

  • Starts week of January 12
  • Ends week of April 12
  • No classes spring break week (3/8 - 3/10)
  • Meet the Teacher Open House 
    • Drop by and visit the classroom and meet the Teacher anytime during the hour.
    • Offered on Tuesday, January 5, 1-2pm

To register

  • Step 1: First, complete the registration form - click here. This form is not complete until you click the "submit" button at the bottom of the form.
  • Step 2: Then, after you have submitted the registration form, complete the payment form - click here  

Alternatively, you can use the monthly payment form. Please note registration is not complete until a registration form and payment have been completed and submitted for each participating child.

Homeschool Natural Science Class Topics

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016

Give your homeschooler the gift of nature! In addition to studying the natural science topics for each semester, class time includes opportunities to explore our 289 acre sanctuary and visits from live animal ambassadors.

5s

Fall - class FULL

Which ‘Ology is Which? 

“Ology” refers to the study of a topic, and in this class young scientists are introduced to the study of a variety of scientific fields. Ornithology (birds), herpetology (reptiles & amphibians), entomology (insects)and mammology (mammals) are just a few of the “ologies” that are explored in class.

Spring - FULL

Which ‘Ology is Which? Earth & Planetary Science 

Young scientists will explore some of the“ologies” that deal with earth and space including geology, climatology, vulcanology and planetology. The hands-on activities,games and experiments will involve your child directly in the learning process.

6-7s

Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 6-7 classes are now full.

Fall 

Discover Your World: Animals

Animals come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. Students will explore animal diversity though their classification, habitats, survival requirements and interrelationships.

Spring 

Discover Your World: Habitats of Texas

From the desert to the ocean, ponds to wetlands, and mountains to prairies, this semester we will study the many different environments in Texas and the plants and animals make their homes there.

8-9s

Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 8-9 classes are now full.

Fall FULL

Explorers: Forest Ecology 

Students will study forests around the world, the relationship between treesand plants and the animals that depend on them, as well as explore the importance of forests to us and the global environment. Thisclass utilizes the different woodland habitats found on the sanctuary.

Spring FULL

Explorers: Wildlife and Water 

How plants and animals need and use water in the different habitats on the sanctuary and in the world is the focus of this experiential study. Students will also compare the ways wildlife adapts to living in fresh water and saltwater environments.

10-11s

Fall

Earth Trek: Living on the Planet

From ants to zebras, every animal on the Earth has a purpose.Students will discover the importance of a myriad of animal species on our planet and learn the connections they have to us and each other. We will explore different ecological dilemmas from endangered species to the effects of climate change on ecosystems, animal behavior and health. With the application of the scientific method, this will be an in-depth, thought-provoking and problem-solving experience.

Spring

Earth Trek: Living on the Planet II

In Part 2, we will continue to explore different ecological dilemmas from endangered species to the effects of climate change on ecosystems, animal behavior and health. With the application of the scientific method, this will be an in-depth, thought-provoking and problem-solving experience.

*Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement (click here for guidelines) that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.