Metro Parks Tacoma

Homeschool Science

Nature Alphabet Kids With Bird Nest at the Nature Center

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

Registration Update:  2017-18 programs are now available for registration.

  • Download a flyer with the complete 2017-18 list  here.
  • Register early, these classes fill quickly! Please note which classes are already full below.
  • 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 2017-18

Nature Center FrogHOMESCHOOL OUTDOOR ADVENTURE TRIPS
Ages 10 - 15
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.
Jan. 17, 9am-12pm   Ivy Pull Service Project     Free, Donations welcome        89703
Feb 14, 12:30-3pm   Slater Museum                  $10, TNC Member  $9             89704
Mar 28, 9:30-12pm  Seymour Conservatory       $10, TNC Member $9             89705
Apr 25, 9am-1pm     Geocaching at Pt Defiance $15, TNC Member $13.50      89702
May 23, 9-4:30pm   Bicycling John Wayne Trail $30, TNC Member  $27           89706

                                                          

Homeschool Classes  2017-18            

Nature Center FrogBUDDING SCIENTISTS
Ages 5-7
$10.00/participant, $9.00/TNC member student
Young children begin science and nature exploration through games, stories, and outdoor activities.

  01/08/18 9:30 - 11:00am Animals of All Sorts                           FULL
  01/08/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals of All Sorts                           FULL  
  01/15/18 9:30 - 11:00am Animals of All Sorts                           FULL
  01/15/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals of All Sorts                           FULL
  02/05/18 9:30 - 11:00am Wildlife Detectives                             FULL
  02/05/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Wildlife Detectives                             FULL
  02/12/18 9:30 - 11:00am Wildlife Detectives                             FULL
  02/12/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Wildlife Detectives                             FULL
  03/05/18 9:30 - 11:00am Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines      FULL       
  03/05/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines       FULL    
  03/12/18 9:30 - 11:00am Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines       FULL   
  03/12/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines       FULL
  04/09/18 9:30 - 11:00am Pollinator Pandemonium                    FULL
  04/09/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Pollinator Pandemonium                    FULL
  04/16/18 9:30 -11:00am Pollinator Pandemonium                    FULL
  04/16/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Pollinator Pandemonium                    FULL
  05/07/18 9:30 - 11:00am Web of Life                                         FULL
  05/07/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Web of Life                                         FULL
  05/14/18 9:30 - 11:00am Web of Life                                         FULL
  05/14/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Web of Life                                         FULL

 

Nature Center Frog ELEMENTARY HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
Ages 8-10
$12.00/student, $10.80/TNC member student. 
Choose 9:30 am-11:30 am OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Minimum academic requirements: 3rd-5th grade reading level and ability to multiply and divide numbers.

  01/11/18 9:30 - 11:30am What's in a Name?            FULL
  01/11/18 1:00 - 3:00pm What's in a Name?            FULL
  02/08/18 9:30 - 11:30am All About Animals              FULL
  02/08/18 1:00 - 3:00pm All About Animals              FULL
  03/08/18 9:30 - 11:30am Green Machines                FULL
  03/08/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Green Machines                FULL
  04/12/18 9:30 - 11:30am Under the Microscope       FULL     
  04/12/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Under the Microscope       FULL
  05/10/18 9:30 - 11:30am It's All Connected              FULL
  05/10/18 1:00 - 3:00pm It's All Connected              FULL

 

Nature Center Frog INTERMEDIATE HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
Ages 10-12
$12.00/student, $10.80/TNC member student. 
Choose 9:30 am-11:30 am OR 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Minimum academic requirements: 5th grade reading level and ability to add & subtract fractions.

  01/18/18 9:30 - 11:30am What's in a Name?
  01/18/18 1:00 - 3:00pm What's in a Name?
  02/15/18 9:30 - 11:30am All About Animals
  02/15/18 1:00 - 3:00pm All About Animals
  03/15/18 9:30 - 11:30am Green Machines
  03/15/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Green Machines
  04/19/18 9:30 - 11:30am Under the Microscope
  04/19/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Under the Microscope
  05/17/18 9:30 - 11:30am It's All Connected
  05/17/18 1:00 - 3:00pm It's All Connected
 

Nature Center FrogUPPER LEVEL HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
Ages 12-15
$30.00/student, $27.00/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.

  01/25/18 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Taxonomy
  01/26/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Taxonomy
  02/22/18 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Zoology
  02/23/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Zoology
  03/22/18 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Botany
  03/23/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Botany
  04/26/18 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Microbiology
  04/27/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Microbiology
  05/24/18 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Ecology
  05/25/18 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Ecology