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 Fall Children & Family programs opens on June 14, 2018.
Click HERE to register for a program.
Please note: Membership renewal is no longer a part of program registration. Please renew your membership here.

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.

Homeschool I: Incredible Insects (And Other Arthropods!)

with Katie Koerten
Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
September 18, 25, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20, 27, December 4 (No class October 2 or November 6)
Members: $450/Non-members: $560

Honey, we shrunk the homeschoolers! Get ready to become very tiny this fall as we get down on a bug’s level. At Homeschool I we’ll discover the insects and other arthropods, such as spiders, millipedes and crustaceans that share our home with us. From butterfly to bumblebee, and cockroach to click beetle we’ll find out the characteristics that make these animals amazing survivors. We’ll learn about insect defense strategies, communication, and how many insects help humans in our everyday lives! Through collection and observation, field trips and art projects, we will study the insects and arthropods of our local habitats and beyond. By the end of our class, you might just ask yourself, where would the world “bee” without insects? Space is limited. Limited to 12 participants.

Homeschool II: Citizen Science!

with Jeff Mazur
Ages 9-12
Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
September 18, 25, October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 13, 20, 27, December 4 (No class October 2 or November 6)
Members: $450/Non-members: $560

Calling all future scientists! Citizen scientists are people — young or old — who help collect data for research projects. We will work with local researchers and on national science projects, collecting data that matters! For this homeschool series we will be diving into different science projects and asking lots of questions, such as: How healthy is our local population of salamanders? When do our monarch butterflies migrate? When do our leaves drop? And more! Kids can offer a new way of looking at an issue, so bring your scientific mind, observation skills and unique perspective to our class. Through observation, special guests, field trips, and surveys, we will study the world around us and contribute to science while also having fun, exploring and playing games. Limited to 12 participants

Homeschool Discovery Days

with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
Tuesdays 10am-2pm
September 11, October 2, November 6, December 11

Members: $45 per program/Non-members: $55 per program
Ages 6-12

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. Limited to 12 participants per program.

September 11: Quabbin Reservoir Discovery with Katie Koerten
Not far away there is a precious wilderness that is home to moose, bobcat, fisher, and much of the drinking water for Massachusetts! On this day we’ll travel by van to the Quabbin Reservoir to discover its history – natural and human-made.

October 2: The Forest That Stinks! with Katie Koerten
Follow your nose to the Hitchcock Center to exercise your sense of smell! We’ll talk about animals who use their noses to survive, play sniffing matching games and tour the odors of the forest! When you leave, it’ll all make scents!

November 6: Marvelous Mammals with Jeff Mazur
What does a mammal have that other animals don’t? Today we’ll talk about the special features of warm-blooded ones, learn which ones live in our area, and meet live mammals in a visit from special guest Rae Griffiths of Teaching Creatures.

December 11: Birds of Winter with Katie Koerten
Join Katie and local children’s author Heidi Stemple for a day all about birds! Heidi will share her recent children’s book, “Counting Birds” and share why citizen scientists count birds every Christmas and what we can do to help. We’ll build bird feeders, too!

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