Homeschool and Homeschool Discovery Days

A note about registration: Many of our programs fill quickly, so we highly recommend registering on the waiting list. We go to this list first if a space opens up. And by adding your name, you can help us better plan for the programs that are in high demand.

Winter & Spring 2024 Homeschool Programs

Homeschool I: Water Protectors

With Lauren Dausch
Grades 1 – 3, Ages 6 – 8
Tuesdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
March 5 – May 28 (No program Mar 12, Apr 9 for Discovery Days, no class Apr 16 for April Vacation Week)
Tier A: $771 | Tier B: $643 | Tier C: $546 | Tier D: $418
Limited to 12 participants

Inspired by the Indigenous water protectors of Standing Rock, Homeschool 1 will focus on the sacredness of water. We will explore questions such as what is the importance of water, and how does it connect everything? What is the water cycle? How can water support so many diverse habitats and creatures? We will gently learn about current issues involving clean water and water conservation, and discover how we can be change-makers and caretakers of the earth no matter how old or young we are! Our group will explore this topic through outdoor play, hands-on activities, journaling, songs, community projects, field trips, and more. Join us as we become the water protectors we were meant to be!

Homeschool II:  H2WHOA!: How Water Connects Us

Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
March 5 – May 28 (No program Mar 12, Apr 9 for Discovery Days, no class Apr 16 for April Vacation Week)
Tier A: $771 | Tier B:$643 | Tier C:$546 | Tier D:$418
Limited to 12 participants 

How do clouds form? Where does water go once it’s down the drain? What lives in a vernal pool? Discover the answers as we explore daily water-related themes, and the ways this vital liquid connects all life. Learn about aquatic plants and animals, the ways humans affect our ecosystem, and the importance of caring for our shared waters as members of communities. Try building a beaver dam, forming your own snowflakes, and measure the health of local ponds and streams. This class will feature field trips, engineering challenges, games, crafts, journaling, and more.

Non-refundable within a week of the start of the program; all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Winter & Spring 2024 Homeschool Discovery Days

Local Birds

With Lauren Dausch
March 12, 2024 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ages 6 – 12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$81 | Tier B:$67 | Tier C:$57 | Tier D:$44
Limited to 12 participants

Rule the roost as we investigate native bird species, and the amazing ways they make their homes here! Learn more about birds’ unique adaptations,  migrations, and which feathered friends are returning for spring.

Spineless Wonders

With Alanna Johnston-Rutledge
April 9, 2024 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ages 6 – 12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$81 | Tier B:$67 | Tier C:$57 | Tier D:$44
Limited to 12 participants

What do worms, millipedes, lobsters and tarantulas all have in common? They’re all invertebrates! We’ll discover local creatures without backbones, and investigate how they wiggle, skitter, and creep through the world.

Pollination Station

With Lauren Dausch
June 4, 2024 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ages 6 – 12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$81 | Tier B:$67 | Tier C:$57 | Tier D:$44
Limited to 12 participants

Did you know that pollinators are the reason we have most of our food?!?! Together we’ll learn about honeybees and other endangered pollinators who are vital to our health and wellness, and discover what we can do to support them!

Fees

Out of a strong commitment to improve access to our programs we are now offering a sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy for Hitchcock’s seasonal programs: You may cancel your registration for any of our programs up to a week prior to the program’s start date to receive a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.  If you cancel within 7 days or less of the program’s start date, we cannot offer a refund unless we are able to fill your spot in the program.

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our programs are designed to be fun and engaging and above all safe. The COVID-19 program guidelines are designed to help protect everyone as we meet the strict health and safety requirements of the CDC and our state. Please take the time to read the information thoroughly. If you feel that you or your child(ren) cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted to join one of our programs or events. We may change our guidelines to reflect new guidance from CDC and Massachusetts.

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