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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.

  • Download a flyer with the complete 2017-18 list  here.
  • 2017-18 Classes will open for registration July 13 for TNC Members and August 2 for everyone else.
  • Exception! Anyone who attends the July 12 Homeschool Open House and is a current TNC member can register that night.                               
  • 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 253-591-6439 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 skill and experience new outdoor activities. Trips may include hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, etc, and will occur once a month on Wednesdays. Times and locations will vary depending on the activity. All trips leave from the Tacoma Nature Center. Transportation and all equipment provided. Pre-registration required. 

Topics and locations not confirmed yet, but this gives an idea...
Oct. 25   9am - 1pm   Kayaking on the Thea Foss   $25, TNC Member $22.50
Nov 15   9am - 4pm   Hiking Rattlesnake Ledge      $30, TNC Member $27.00
Dec.13   9am - 4pm   Snowshoeing at Mt. Rainier   $35, TNC Member $31.50

                                                            

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.

  09/11/17 9:30 - 11:00am Think Like a Scientist
  09/11/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist
  09/18/17 9:30 - 11:00am Think Like a Scientist
  09/18/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist
  10/09/17 9:30 - 11:00am Animals Acting Up
  10/09/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals Acting Up
  10/16/17 9:30 - 11:00am Animals Acting Up
  10/16/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals Acting Up
  11/06/17 9:30 - 11:00am Claws on Paws & Wings on Things
  11/06/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Claws on Paws & Wings on Things
  11/13/17 9:30 - 11:00am Claws on Paws & Wings on Things
  11/13/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Claws on Paws & Wings on Things
  12/04/17 9:30 - 11:00am Moving and Grooving
  12/04/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Moving and Grooving
  12/11/17 9:30 - 11:00am Moving and Grooving
  12/11/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Moving and Grooving
  01/08/18 9:30 - 11:00am Animals of All Sorts           
  01/08/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals of All Sorts          
  01/15/18 9:30 - 11:00am Animals of All Sorts
  01/15/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals of All Sorts           
  02/05/18 9:30 - 11:00am Wildlife Detectives       
  02/05/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Wildlife Detectives     
  02/12/18 9:30 - 11:00am Wildlife Detectives      
  02/12/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Wildlife Detectives      
  03/05/18 9:30 - 11:00am Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines            
  03/05/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines          
  03/12/18 9:30 - 11:00am Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines           
  03/12/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Roots, Shoots, Energy Machines          
  04/09/18 9:30 - 11:00am Pollinator Pandemonium  
  04/09/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Pollinator Pandemonium   
  04/16/18 9:30 -11:00am Pollinator Pandemonium   
  04/16/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Pollinator Pandemonium  
  05/07/18 9:30 - 11:00am Web of Life         
  05/07/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Web of Life        
  05/14/18 9:30 - 11:00am Web of Life        
  05/14/18 1:30 - 3:00pm Web of Life         

  

 

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.
To participate in this class, students should be able to add and subtract numbers.

  09/14/17 9:30 - 11:30am Think Like a Scientist
  09/14/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist
  10/12/17 9:30 - 11:30am Animal Actors
  10/12/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Animal Actors
  11/02/17 9:30 - 11:30am The Inside Story
  11/02/17 1:00 - 3:00pm The Inside Story
  11/30/17 9:30 - 11:30am All Systems Go!
  11/30/17 1:00 - 3:00pm All Systmes Go!
  01/11/18 9:30 - 11:30am What's in a Name?          
  01/11/18 1:00 - 3:00pm What's in a Name?     
  02/08/18 9:30 - 11:30am All About Animals     
  02/08/18 1:00 - 3:00pm All About Animals       
  03/08/18 9:30 - 11:30am Green Machines          
  03/08/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Green Machines         
  04/12/18 9:30 - 11:30am Under the Microscope          
  04/12/18 1:00 - 3:00pm Under the Microscope 
  05/10/18 9:30 - 11:30am It's All Connected 
  05/10/18 1:00 - 3:00pm It's All Connected         

 

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.
To participate in this class, students should be able to multiply and divide numbers, add and subtract fractions.

  09/21/17 9:30 - 11:30am Think Like a Scientist
  09/21/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist
  10/19/17 9:30 - 11:30am Animal Actors
  10/19/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Animal Actors
  11/09/17 9:30 - 11:30am The Inside Story
  11/09/17 1:00 - 3:00pm The inside Story
  12/07/17 9:30 - 11:30am All Systems Go!
  12/07/17 1:00 - 3:00pm All Systems Go!
  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
$15.00/student, $13.50/TNC member student. 
Fee is for clas or lab - if you register for both it is $30/student, $27/member student

Thursday Class          1:00-3:00pm
Friday optional 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.

For this level only, we offer an expanded science class which includes an integrated laboratory session as an extension of the two hour classroom session.  Students get greater in-depth investigation of the monthly topic, practice in problem-solving and research skills and hands-on experimentation.  Attendance in the class session is required for participation in a lab session.  Lab sessions are not required for participation in class sessions, but they are recommended.

  09/28/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Intro to BioSciences
  09/29/17 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Procedures and Experiments
  10/26/17 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Ethology (Animal Behavior)
  10/27/17 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Ethology (Animal Behavior)
  11/16/17 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Anatomy
  11/17/17 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Anatomy
  12/14/17 1:00 - 3:00pm BioSciences - Physiology
  12/15/17 1:00 - 4:00pm Lab: Physiology
  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