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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Homeschool Adventures 2018-19
HOMESCHOOL 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
BUDDING SCIENTISTS - ALL FULL
$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|
ELEMENTARY HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE - ALL FULL
$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|
INTERMEDIATE HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
$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|
UPPER LEVEL HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE
$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|