Homeschool Programs

Our Homeschool programs—both Hitchcock Homeschool and Homeschool Discovery Days—provide children with science and nature themes designed to encourage thoughtful curiosity. This year-round homeschool program provides innovative curriculum to help children ages 6–12 develop the skills and competencies they need to become environmentally literate.

Registration for Winter and Spring Homeschool programs opens December 1.
Click HERE to register.

Financial aid available. Click here to learn more.

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

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

Spring Homeschool I

Feathers to Flight
with Katie Koerten, Hitchcock educator
Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
(no program 4/3, 4/17, or 5/1)
Ages 6-8
Members: $420/Non-members $450 – financial aid available

It’s spring! What better time of year is there to discover the birds all around us? At Homeschool I we will explore the wonderful adaptations that makes a bird a bird, and how specialized beaks, feet and feathers make them suited for their habitats. We’ll learn tools for identifying a bird by examining field markings, size, and flight patterns. We will observe birds at our feeders and in different habitats on field trips. We’ll also meet live birds of prey with special visitor Tom Ricardi! Get ready for an amazing birding adventure with spring homeschool! Bring binoculars if you have them. Limited to 12 participants.

Spring Homeschool II

Rocks and Water: The Shaping of Our Valley
with Jeff Mazur, Hitchcock educator
Tuesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 10, 24, May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
(no program 4/3, 4/17, or 5/1)
Ages 9-12
$420/Non-members $450 – financial aid available

Discover the stories in the stones around us!  We live in a geologically unique area, and the landscape provides intriguing clues to the past. At Homeschool II we will find evidence of shifting plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and the power of water. We will hike up mountains, collect rocks, and explore the rivers that have cut through the land. Join the fun as we conduct experiments, create crafts, explore home projects, and play outside.

Homeschool Discovery Days

with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Ages 6-12
Members: $45 per program/Non-members: $50 per program
Tuesdays, January 9, January 23, February 27, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 12

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 spring. This is designed as a drop-off program, although the occasional parents and younger siblings stay as long as disruptions are kept to a minimum. Limited to 12 participants per program.

January 9 Animals in Winter with Jeff Mazur

January 23 How Does Water Get To Our Faucet? Field Trip with Jeff Mazur

February 27 How Sweet It Is: Making Maple Syrup with Jeff Mazur

March 6 Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands with Katie Koerten
We are thrilled to welcome Neill Boviard of Wolf Tree Programs on this day. Thanks to a generous grant from the Amherst Cultural Council, Neill will be leading a full-sensory experience about the technology and tools of hunter-gatherer peoples that will take place both indoors and outdoors. Homeschoolers deepen their natural curiosity for history, ecology, social studies, and science programming. Neill’s demonstration will paint a picture of the intersection of ecology and hunter-gatherer lifestyle through the lens of the eastern woodland landscape. Neill will share about bone and stone tools, fire-making, basic hunting tools, and beads and jewelry of hunter-gatherer societies of the Paleolithic age. We are so excited about this program that we are adding extra spots!

April 3 Poisonous or Venomous? An Exploration of Natural Defenses with Jeff Mazur

May 1 Making and Tinkering Workshop with Katie Koerten

June 12 The River in Our Backyard: Field Trip to Groff Park with Katie Koerten

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