Watch for information about our new monthly class for 12-13 year olds. Information coming soon!
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 on our 289-acre wildlife sanctuary, 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.
The Homeschool Natural Science Program is appropriate for children ages 5-11 (use child’s birthday as of September 1). Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.
Per Semester: 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.
- Starts week of September 13
- Ends week of Dec 13
- No classes Thanksgiving week
- Meet the Teacher Open House
- Drop by and visit the classroom and meet the Teacher anytime during the hour - Tues 9/6 from 1-2 p.m.
- Starts week of January 10
- Ends week of April 11
- No classes spring break week (3/7 - 3/9)
- Meet the Teacher Open House
- Drop by and visit the classroom and meet the Teacher anytime during the hour - Tues 1/3 from 1-2 p.m.
Registration will be open to public beginning July 18 - watch our website for details
Please note that registration is not complete until both the registration form and payment form have been completed and submitted.
Class Topics: Fall 2016 & Spring 2017
5 year olds
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.
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 cosmology. The hands-on activities, games and experiments will involve your child directly in the learning process.
6-7 year olds
Discover Your World: Plants
Students will explore the amazing world of plants, from defining what a plant is and learning the parts of a plant to exploring plant life cycles, adaptations, and reproduction.
Discover Your World: The Earth
What can clouds tell us about the weather? What’s inside the earth? How are rocks formed? Why does the moon change? These are just some of the questions that will be explored as we take a look at our planet—its insides and its surface, and its place in space.
8-9 year olds
Students will examine how plants and animals live together and form amazing systems that help nature work. They’ll explore food chains, food webs, and the cycles of living things. Excursions on the sanctuary will provide opportunities to closely observe and experience different woodland, prairie, and fresh water ecosystems.
Explorers: Amazing Adaptations
Adaptations, what are they? What do they look like? What has them? Students will examine the adaptations of a variety of animals and plants from all over the globe. We will study organisms from the microscopic to the most unusual plant life.
10-12 year olds
Earth Trek: Understanding the Planet
Students will explore the geography, geology, meteorology and ecology of the Earth to understand how our planet functions and why these processes are important for our survival. We will closely examine how these systems work on the sanctuary.
Earth Trek: Sharing the Planet
Find out more about how and where animals live on Earth. Students will investigate adaptations to habitats, weather, climate, and human encroachment, as well as effects of global climate change, pollution and natural disasters.