Homeschool Natural Science Program for 12-13* Year-Olds

This lab-based course will focus on using the scientific method to ask questions, form hypotheses, collect data in the field, and present our findings in charts and graphs. Using the variety of outdoor environments at the Heard, we will explore topics such as water quality testing, wildlife surveys, oil spill cleanup, and animal behavior studies.

*We use the age of each student on September 1 for class placement for the entire academic year.

COVID-19 Impact:

Our plan is to offer in-person classes with class sizes limited by the ability to maintain appropriate physical distancing in each classroom (max. 8 – 12 students per room). If for any reason we need to halt in-person classes, we will switch to an online format with prerecorded instruction and live class “chat” time.

Students and staff will be subject to a health screening each class meeting and are required to wear a mask while inside when appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained and while in public areas in and near the museum buildings (ex. Animals of the World and Butterfly garden). Staff and students only will be allowed in class areas. Additional cleaning and disinfection will be utilized in the classrooms and frequently touched areas. Click here to learn more

Class Schedule

Class will be held two Tuesdays per month from 1-3pm:

  • Fall Dates: Sept. 22 and 29, Oct. 6 and 13, Nov. 3 and 10, Dec. 1 and 8
  • Spring Dates: TBD

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  • hike outdoors for part of each class 
  • work together and independently
  • read and follow instructions and stay on task
  • keep a lab notebook
  • complete a 1-hour homework assignment to share with the class at the next meeting. This will
    involve creating charts and graphs or researching some aspect of what we are studying.


Per semester: $160/members, $180/non-members

Refund Policies

Fall 2020 Refund Cancellation Dates

  • Full refund minus $10 admin fee by September 1
  • 50% refund by September 14
  • No refunds after September 15 
*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.