Kensington Metropark Nature Center Homeschool Classes

Are your kids eager for science? Through Kensington Nature Center’s homeschool class series, they’ll experience science both in the woods and in the indoor classroom. Kids will learn through hands-on activities, hikes, games and discussions to cover the basics and then delve deeper to encourage higher-level thinking.

Kensington Nature Center’s homeschool classes for 8 -10 year-olds are offered on the third Friday of each month from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $4.00 per student. Students are expected to arrive on time and to dress appropriately for indoor and outdoor activities.

To register or for further information, please call 248-685-0603.

March 16, 2012 – Animal Adaptations

Explore animal adaptations, structures and functions. Learn how animals protect themselves, how they get food and why they look the way they do with experiential indoor games and an outdoor hike.

April 20, 2012 – Critter Conversations

Listen to all that springtime animal chatter! Birds are singing and frogs are calling. Let’s head out into the woods to discover what’s going on at this busy time of year.

May 18, 2012 – Plant Parts and Their Cycles

Cover the basics and explore more of how a flower turns into a seed and methods of seed travel. One brave student will dress up as a flower. On a hike, classify flowers through detailed examination.

June 15, 2012 – What Lurks in the Pond?

There’s more to a pond than first meets the eye. Through a process called pond dipping, students will examine, study and classify pond life. There are always some surprises in this favorite student activity.

Additional Classes may be scheduled at your request depending on available staffing. We can also offer classes for other age groups.

Additional topics include:

Michigan Pioneers
Life in a Log (Ecology)
Biodiversity/ Endangered Species
Astronomy
Fishing
Art in Nature
Zoology
Making Pottery – Woodland Indian Techniques
Geology (Rock Cycle and Fossil Dig)
Scientific Method
Bird Behavior and Birds of Prey