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Homeschool Discovery Day: Animals in Winter
January 14—10:00 am - 2:00 pm$45 – $55
Do you love science and nature? Do you want to see what the Hitchcock Homeschool program is all about? Sign up for our Discovery Days, our one-time programs about science and nature. In a mixed-age setting, we explore cool topics at the Hitchcock Center, meet science experts, and sometimes go on field trips. Our Discovery Day programs are appropriate for everyone from first time to veteran homeschoolers, and we welcome almost-6 year olds who are interested in joining our class in the fall. This is designed as a drop-off program. Limited to 12 participants per program.
with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
January 14, January 28, February 11, March 3, March 31, April 28, June 9
Members: $45 per program/Non-members: $55 per program
January 14 | Animals in Winter | with Jeff Mazur
What do animals do when it gets cold out? We are going to find out, as we learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have to survive winter in New England. We will also go on an adventure looking for animal tracks and signs.
January 28 | Owl-ology | with Katie Koerten
Have you ever wondered about these nocturnal hunters? At this program we will dive into the world of owls, learning about their adaptations, sounds and calls, and dissect owl pellets! Come prepared for an outdoor winter romp through owl habitat!
February 11 | Spikes, Signs and Sensitive Plants: Field trip to Durfee Conservatory | with Jeff Mazur
If you were a plant struggling to survive, how would you do it? Together we will learn about some of the amazing adaptations plants have to protect themselves, shape their habitat, and thrive in challenging environments.
March 3 | How Sweet It Is: Making Maple Syrup | with Jeff Mazur
It is time for sugaring off! Join us as we visit a sugarbush, collect sap, and learn all about the process of making maple syrup. It is going to be a sweet time.
March 31 | Amphibians of Spring | with Katie Koerten
Peep! Peep! This is the time of year that our local amphibians wake up! On this day we will learn the major frog and toad species found in Massachusetts and the sounds they make. We’ll visit the vernal pool in the forest at the Hitchcock Center to look and listen for signs of peepers, wood frogs, and spotted salamanders.
April 28 | Nature Did It First: Biomimicry | with Katie Koerten
Nature has a lot to teach us about how to solve problems in ways that are good for the Earth. Today we will discover the efficiency of nature’s adaptations and ask what we can learn from nature about how to live more sustainably.
June 9 | Energy is Electrifying | with Katie Koerten
Today we’ll explore energy and how the lights turn on. This will be a fun day with indoor and outdoor portions, in which we use simple everyday tools to see how electricity is made. We’ll compare conventional electricity with alternative, more sustainable ways of producing energy such as solar and wind.