Weekly Homeschool Classes for 5-11* Year-Olds

Introduce your homeschool student to the Natural Sciences.

Now is the time to encourage your child’s love of nature! In our natural science programs, kids 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 Heard's weekly Homeschool Natural Science Program is appropriate for children ages 5-11. 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

For monthly classes appropriate for children ages 12-13, please click here. For Magic Planet Homeschool classes, click here.

Dates

Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays or Thursdays, times vary by class offering.

In light of COVID-19, we have reduced class sizes to help maintain appropriate physical distancing. To help accommodate everyone for the fall semester, we are offering classes on either Tuesday or Thursday: 

  • 5 year old Kindergarten class will meet in the morning from 9:30 – 11:30am.
  • 6-7 year old, 8-9 year old, and the 10-11 year old classes will meet in the afternoon from 1 – 3pm.

Fall 2020 classes start the week of September 22 and end the week of December 15.

There will be no class Thanksgiving week. 

Because the coronavirus situation continues to change, we are only accepting registration for the Fall 2020 semester at this time. Information about Spring 2021 will be available later this year.

Tuition

Per Semester: 
$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. 

Fall 2020 Refund Cancellation Dates
•    Full refund minus $10 admin fee by September 1
•    50% refund by September 14
•    No refunds after September 15 
 

Registration Information

Please note registration is not complete until a registration form and payment have been completed and submitted for each participating child. An optional monthly payment plan is also available at this link. Please note fees apply.

Topics

  • 5 year olds - Fall 2020: 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.
  • 6-7 year olds - Fall 2020: 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.
  • 8-9 year olds - Fall 2020: Explorers: Ecosystems 
    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.
  • 10-11 year olds - Fall 2020: 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.
*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.