Homeschool

Heard Homeschool Natural Science Programs

Introduce Your Homeschool Student To the Natural Sciences

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas offers Natural Science Programs for children ages 3-13. Below, you will be able to find class offerings for three different age groups. Please use your child’s age as of September 1 of the beginning of the academic year for both academic semesters. Click the links below to access more detailed information about each program and registration. Pre-registration is required.

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Weekly Homeschool Classes

Ages 5 - 11

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. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required.

Topics

5 year olds

Fall 2022: 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 2022: 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 2022: 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 2022: 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.

Covid Impact

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Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $210

Non-Member Rate: $230

  • (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 2022 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of June 2022

At this time, assuming the rate of infection stays low, we are not anticipating requiring masks to be worn except when live animals are present (generally for about 10-15 minutes) or when the class is going through the Animal Encounter Trail.

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this.

Full refund minus $20 admin fee by September 1

Schedule

Meet the Teacher

Week of September 13, Time TBD

(New Students Only)

 

Fall 2022 Dates

Tuesdays, 1 – 3pm

Week of September 20 to Week of December 13

(No classes Thanksgiving week)

Reservations

Registration will be available to the public soon. Pre-registration is required for all participants. 

1.  Complete a Registration Form

2. Complete Payment 

 

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.

Additional Information

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.

Homeschool Natural Science Program

Ages 12-13

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. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required.

Topics

Fall 2022

The fall semester of 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 wildlife surveys, oil spill cleanup, and animal behavior studies.

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  • Hike outdoors for part of each class
  • Work together and independently
  • 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.

Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $160

Non-Member Rate: $180

Fall 2022 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of June 2022

At this time, assuming the rate of infection stays low, we are not anticipating requiring masks to be worn except when live animals are present (generally for about 10-15 minutes) or when the class is going through the Animal Encounter Trail.

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this.

Full refund minus $20 admin fee by September 1

Schedule

Two Tuesdays per month

1 – 3pm

Meet the Teacher

Week of September 13, Time TBD (new students only)

Fall 2022 Dates
  • Sept. 20
  • Sept. 27
  • Oct. 11
  • Oct. 18
  • Nov. 1
  • Nov. 8
  • Nov. 29
  • Dec. 6

Reservations

Registration will be available to the public soon. Pre-registration is required for all participants. 

Additional Information

Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement 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.

Magic Planet Homeschool Classes

Full Semester

Magic Planet Homeschool classes will introduce your students to natural science in ways that are both familiar and not-so-familiar. Just like our Tuesday programs, Magic Planet Homeschool will take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by the Heard’s wildlife sanctuary. However, the Heard’s 4-ft interactive digital globe will put a different twist on the inside lesson portion of our class period!

 

 

Spots are limited and pre-registration is required. These classes are for children ages 6-11.

Topics

Fall 2022
Math in Nature – From Fibonacci & fractals to angles & spheres, nature is chock-full of math! And since science and math go hand-in-hand, we’ll use the Heard’s interactive globe and its 289-acre sanctuary to explore the various ways our Earth uses math. Perfect for easing the anxiety of math-hesitant students while offering a whole new perspective to math-lovers!

Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $210

Non-Member Rate: $230

Full refund minus $20 admin fee by September 1

Fall 2022 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of June 2022

At this time, assuming the rate of infection stays low, we are not anticipating requiring masks to be worn except when live animals are present (generally for about 10-15 minutes) or when the class is going through the Animal Encounter Trail.

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this.

Schedule

Fall 2022 Dates

Thursdays, 1-3 p.m.

September 22 – December 15

(No classes November 24, Thanksgiving)

Reservations

Pre-registration is required for all participants. Registration will be available the public soon.

Additional Information

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

Magic Planet Homeschool Classes

Mini Courses

Topics - Fall 2022

Weather

October 6, 13 & 20

Weather affects everyone every day! To find out how, we’ll (1) explore the four ingredients of weather, (2) learn about seasonal weather patterns, and (3) swirl into winter weather. 

 

Seasons

November 3, 10 & 17

North Texas experiences warmer months and cooler months – but why? This month, we’ll learn more about seasons by (1) exploring the rotation & revolution of the earth, (2) explaining the reason for our seasons (the earth’s tilt), and (3) figuring out why some leaves change color and fall to the ground. 

 

Planets

December 1, 8 & 15

Planets often look to us like exceptionally bright stars. Which ones can we see during late fall and early winter? For the holiday season, we’ll journey through our solar system to visit (1) the sun, (2) the inner planets, and (3) the outer planets. As we focus on the planets, we’ll learn to find the ones which are visible without a telescope. 

Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $55 per course

Non-Member Rate: $60 per course

Full refund minus $20 admin fee by September 1

Fall 2022 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of June 2022

At this time, assuming the rate of infection stays low, we are not anticipating requiring masks to be worn except when live animals are present (generally for about 10-15 minutes) or when the class is going through the Animal Encounter Trail.

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this.

Schedule

Fall 2022 

Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

 

October Course: October 6, 13 & 20 

November Course: November 3, 10 & 17

December Course: December 1, 8 & 15

Reservations

Pre-registration is required for all participants. 

Additional Information

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