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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.

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) 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                        FULL
  09/11/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist                    
  09/18/17 9:30 - 11:00am Think Like a Scientist                        FULL
  09/18/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist                       
  10/09/17 9:30 - 11:00am Animals Acting Up                            FULL
  10/09/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals Acting Up                             FULL
  10/16/17 9:30 - 11:00am Animals Acting Up                             FULL
  10/16/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Animals Acting Up                             FULL
  11/06/17 9:30 - 11:00am Claws on Paws & Wings on Things   FULL
  11/06/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Claws on Paws & Wings on Things   FULL
  11/13/17 9:30 - 11:00am Claws on Paws & Wings on Things   FULL
  11/13/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Claws on Paws & Wings on Things   FULL
  12/04/17 9:30 - 11:00am Moving and Grooving                        FULL
  12/04/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Moving and Grooving                        FULL
  12/11/17 9:30 - 11:00am Moving and Grooving                        FULL
  12/11/17 1:30 - 3:00pm Moving and Grooving                        FULL
  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.

  09/14/17 9:30 - 11:30am Think Like a Scientist         FULL
  09/14/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Think Like a Scientist         FULL
  10/12/17 9:30 - 11:30am Animal Actors                     FULL
  10/12/17 1:00 - 3:00pm Animal Actors                     FULL
  11/02/17 9:30 - 11:30am The Inside Story                 FULL
  11/02/17 1:00 - 3:00pm The Inside Story                 FULL
  11/30/17 9:30 - 11:30am All Systems Go!                 FULL
  11/30/17 1:00 - 3:00pm All Systmes Go!                 FULL
  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.

  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
$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.

  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