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Nature Alphabet Kids With Bird Nest at the Nature Center

Homeschool students explore science through hands-on experiments, activities and inquiry-based learning.

2018-19 programs will be available for registration on the following schedule:

  • Non-member registration for the full school year begins on August 1 at 9:00am.
  • Individual classes are not available for registration until August 31.
  • Download a flyer with the complete 2018-19 list   here.
  • Register early, these classes fill quickly! Please note which classes are already full below.
  • New this year! When registering for the full school year payment can be scheduled for monthly payments. Or pay in full at the time of registration and receive a 5% discount. Members receive an additional 10% off classes!
  • Due to high demand and class dynamics, we will require students who are  registering for the whole series to stick to one time slot. If there are any slots left after August 30 in any classes, students can be registered for individual classes beginning on August 31 at 9:00am.
  • Registration is in person or over the phone only - no online registration available for these programs.
  • Topics are repeated during the month, so select the class appropriate for your child's knowledge and abilities.
  • If you have questions about program content or age appropriateness, please contact Lauren Bentson at laurenb@tacomaparks.com or (253) 404-3930 x14.         
  • Interested in more homeschool opportunities? Check out the Ft. Nisqually programs.    
  • Withdrawals with less than 24 hours notice are subject to a non-refund policy. Credit for future registrations within Metro Parks Tacoma may be given.

                                                                                                                 
 
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Homeschool Adventures 2018-19

Nature Center FrogHOMESCHOOL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIPS
Ages 10 - 15, $25 per person per trip
These trips are geared toward students enrolled in homeschool science at the Tacoma Nature Center.  The trips are for students to get to know one another, build leadership skills and experience new outdoor activities. Trips may include hiking, kayaking, mountain biking etc. and will occur once a month on Wednesdays. Times, locations, and fees will vary depending on the activity. Each trip will leave from the Tacoma Nature Center. Transportation and all equipment provided. Pre-registration required.
Register and pay for all 8 trips and get 1 free!
Oct. 17            Ballard Locks Tour                     9am-4pm
Nov. 14           Indoor Rock Climbing               10am-1pm
Dec. 12           Ice Skating at Sprinker             10am-1pm
Jan. 16            Snowshoeing/Sledding              9am-4pm
Feb. 13           Hiking Franklin Ghost Town       9am-4pm
Mar. 13           Mountain Bike Swan Creek        9am-1pm
Apr. 17            Canoeing on Alder Lake            9am-4pm
May 22           Paddling to Hope Island             9am-4pm

                                        

Homeschool Classes  2018-19           

Nature Center FrogBUDDING SCIENTISTS - ALL FULL
Ages 5-7
$11.00/participant, $9.90/TNC member student
Young children begin science and nature exploration through games, stories, and outdoor activities. Students should have a beginning reading level and the ability to add and subtract. Students need to be registered in one session so choose the time that best suits your family for the full year.

  09/10/18 9:30 - 11:00am Think Like a Scientist         FULL
  09/10/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist         FULL
  09/17/18 9:30 - 11:00am Think Like a Scientist         FULL
  09/17/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist         FULL
  10/08/18 9:30 - 11:00am Junior Engineer                  FULL
  10/08/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Junior Engineer                  FULL
  10/15/18 9:30 - 11:00am Junior Engineer                  FULL
  10/15/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Junior Engineer                 FULL
  11/05/18 9:30 - 11:00am Eco Explorers                    FULL
  11/05/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Eco Explorers                    FULL
  11/12/18 9:30 - 11:00am Eco Explorers                    FULL
  11/12/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Eco Explorers                    FULL
  12/03/18 9:30 - 11:00am Going Green                     FULL
  12/03/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Going Green                     FULL
  12/10/18 9:30 - 11:00am Going Green                     FULL
  12/10/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Going Green                     FULL
  01/07/19 9:30 - 11:00am Forest Explorers               FULL
  01/07/19 1:30 - 3:00pm Forest Explorers               FULL
  01/14/19 9:30 - 11:00am Forest Explorers                FULL
  01/14/19 1:30 - 3:00pm Forest Explorers                FULL
  02/04/19 9:30 - 11:00am All About the Alpine           FULL
  02/04/19 1:30 - 3:00pm All About the Alpine           FULL
  02/11/19 9:30 - 11:00am All About the Alpine           FULL
  02/11/19 1:30 - 3:00pm All About the Alpine           FULL
  03/04/19 9:30 - 11:00am Wild About Wetlands         FULL
  03/04/19 1:30 - 3:00pm Wild About Wetlands         FULL
  03/11/19 9:30 - 11:00am Wild About Wetlands         FULL
  03/11/19 1:30 - 3:00pm Wild About Wetlands         FULL
  04/08/19 9:30 - 11:00am Sea to Shore                     FULL
  04/08/19 1:30 - 3:00pm Sea to Shore                     FULL
  04/15/19 9:30 -11:00am Sea to Shore                     FULL
  04/15/19 1:30 - 3:00pm Sea to Shore                     FULL
  05/06/19 9:30 - 11:00am City Critters                       FULL
  05/06/19 1:30 - 3:00pm City Critters                       FULL
  05/13/19 9:30 - 11:00am City Critters                       FULL
  05/13/19 1:30 - 3:00pm City Critters                       FULL

 

Nature Center Frog ELEMENTARY HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE - ALL FULL
Ages 8-10
$13.00/student, $11.70/TNC member student. 
Minimum academic requirements: 3rd-5th grade reading level and ability to multiply and divide numbers. Choose 9:30am - 11:30am OR 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

  09/13/18 9:30 - 11:30am Think Like a Scientist                FULL
  09/13/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist                FULL
  10/11/18 9:30 - 11:30am Inquiry & Investigations             FULL
  10/11/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Inquiry & Investigations             FULL
  11/01/18 9:30 - 11:30am How Things Work                      FULL
  11/01/18 1:00 - 3:00pm How Things Work                      FULL
  12/06/18 9:30 - 11:30am Living Green                              FULL
  12/06/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Living Green                              FULL
  01/10/19 9:30 - 11:30am Life on the Edge: Forest Ecology          FULL
  01/10/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Life on the Edge: Forest Ecology          FULL
  02/07/19 9:30 - 11:30am Life on the Mountain                 FULL
  02/07/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Life on the Mountain                 FULL
  03/07/19 9:30 - 11:30am Wet & Wild Ecology                  FULL
  03/07/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Wet & Wild Ecology                  FULL
  04/11/19 9:30 - 11:30am Tidepools to Deep Waters        FULL
  04/11/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Tidepools to Deep Waters        FULL
  05/09/19 9:30 - 11:30am Backyard Habitats                    FULL
  05/09/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Backyard Habitats                    FULL

 

Nature Center Frog INTERMEDIATE HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
Ages 10-12
$13.00/student, $11.70/TNC member student. 
Minimum academic requirements: 5th grade reading level and ability to add & subtract fractions. Choose 9:30 am-11:30 am OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

  09/20/18 9:30 - 11:30am Think Like a Scientist
  09/20/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist
  10/18/18 9:30 - 11:30am Inquiry & Investigations
  10/18/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Inquiry & Investigations
  11/08/18 9:30 - 11:30am How Things Work
  11/08/18 1:00 - 3:00pm How Things Work
  12/13/18 9:30 - 11:30am Living Green
  12/13/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Living Green
  01/17/19 9:30 - 11:30am Life on the Edge: Forest Ecology
  01/17/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Life on the Edge: Forest Ecology
  02/14/19 9:30 - 11:30am Life on the Mountain
  02/14/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Life on the Mountain
  03/14/19 9:30 - 11:30am Wet & Wild Ecology
  03/14/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Wet & Wild Ecology
  04/18/19 9:30 - 11:30am Tidepools to Deep Waters
  04/18/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Tidepools to Deep Waters
  05/16/19 9:30 - 11:30am Backyard Habitats
  05/16/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Backyard Habitats
 

Nature Center FrogUPPER LEVEL HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
Ages 12-15
$31.50/student, $30.00/TNC member student. 
Thursday Class          1:00-3:00pm
Friday Lab                  1:00-4:00pm
Older homeschool students will continue their science studies with challenging and engaging experiments and activities. To participate in this class, students should be able to calculate averages, percentages and solve simple equations.

Upper level includes 5 instructional hours over two days including a 2 hour class session on Thursday and a 3 hour laboratory session on Friday. Students get greater in-depth investigation of the monthly topic, practice in problem solving and research skills and hands-on experimentation. Scientific concepts will build from the beginning of the Thursday class through the end of the Friday lab, so for this reason attendance in the Thursday class session is required for participation in the Friday lab. Neither date is optional.

  09/27/18 1:00 - 3:00pm STEM & The Natural World
  09/28/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab - STEM & The Natural World
  10/25/18 1:00 - 3:00pm STEM: Designing Solutions
  10/26/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab - STEM: Designing Solutions
  11/15/18 1:00 - 3:00pm STEM: Systems & Modules
  11/16/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab - STEM: Systems & Modules
  12/20/18 1:00 - 3:00pm STEM: Sustainability
  12/21/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab - STEM: Sustainability
  01/24/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Forest Ecosystems
  01/25/19 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Forest Ecosystems
  02/21/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Mountain Ecosystems
  02/22/19 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Mountain Ecosystems
  03/21/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Wetland Ecosystems
  03/22/19 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Wetland Ecosystems
  04/25/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Marine Ecosystems
  04/26/19 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Marine Ecosystems
  05/23/19 1:00 - 3:00pm Urban Ecosystems
  05/24/19 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Urban Ecosystems