Homeschool Ecology Series

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Homeschool students are invited to join Hendricks County Park Naturalists for ecology lessons at McCloud Nature Park! These are intended to build on each other, but students may register and attend only the lessons that interest them and fit their schedules. There will be optional homework and enrichment ideas to extend the lessons at home and in the community.   

Registration opens on the 1st of the month.  Advance registration required by Sunday before the program. 

Homeschool Ecology: for ages 6-11 

$5 per student 

Homeschool students ages 6-11 will enjoy hands-on, interactive activities about ecology topicsOften, more advanced extensions will be available for students who are performing at a higher level. Older children are welcome to register, but they may want to consider registering for the afternoon session with their younger siblings. 

There are two sessions offered for this age group: morning session is for students ages 6-11, and there is an afternoon session concurrent to the older student lesson. This afternoon session is restricted to younger siblings. 

Homeschool Ecology: for ages 12-18  

$10 per student 

Homeschool students ages 12-18 will participate in in-depth ecology lessons that will be hands-on and include experiments, field studies, and discussions about related careers.

For assistance with registration or any questions about the Homeschool Ecology Series programs,  please contact the McCloud Nature Center at mccloudnp@hcparks.net or at (765) 676-5437. For weather-related concerns, call our Weather Hotline at (317) 718-6111. 


September

Wild Wetlands 

Friday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to noon

For kids ages 6-11

Did you know that most endangered birds depend on wetlands for their survival? Wetlands play a number of functions including filtering and storing water. Discover how some wetlands are created by beavers, and build your own mini beaver dam! How will your engineering challenge hold water? 

Advance registration required by Sept. 19. Registration opens on Sept. 1.

Ages 6-11; $5/child. Children ages 5 and younger are free. 


Wetlands Aren't Waste Areas 

Friday, Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m. 

For kids ages 12-18 and younger siblings

Do not pass go! Do not collect $200! Put your game face on as we explore the fascinating network that nature provides through our wetlands. But aren't wetlands just waste areas? On the contrary, wetlands are invaluable habitats serving a vital role in our ecosystem. Come see for yourself through demonstrations and by playing the game "Hydropoly"! 

Advance registration required by Sept. 19.  Registration opens Sept. 1. 

Ages 12-18: $10/child. 

Ages 6-11; $5/child. Children ages 5 and younger are free. 


October

Frontier Skills

Friday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to noon

For kids ages 6-11

Would you be able to survive on the frontier? Learn and practice a variety of outdoor skills such as compass reading, atlatl throwing, shelter building, and more! 

Advance registration required by Oct. 17. Registration opens Oct. 1. 

Ages 6-11; $5/child. Children ages 5 and younger are free. 


Aim, Archery and Atlatls! 

Photo by Deb Stukenborg

Friday, Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m. 

For kids ages 12-18 and younger siblings

Pull your draw, set your anchor, and aim your focus on this lesson! Come try your hand at archery and atlatl throwing! An atatl is an ancient spear-throwing technique. How far can you throw a dart with an atlatl?

This program is taught by the Hendricks County Park naturalists who are trained in the methods used by the National Archery in Schools Program. This program is best for beginning archers who are ages 12+.

Advance registration required by Oct. 17. Registration opens Oct. 1. 

Ages 12-18: $10/child. 

Ages 6-11; $5/child. Children ages 5 and younger are free. 


November

Rocks and Fossils 

Friday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to noon

For kids ages 6-11

Do you love rocks and fossils? Rocks can be sparkly, smooth, and have multiple colors! Play a rock cycle game and make fossils to take home during this program. 

Advance registration required by Nov. 14. Registration opens Nov. 1. 

Ages 6-11; $5/child. Children ages 5 and younger are free. 


Geology and Maps 

Friday, Nov. 19, 1-3 p.m. 

For kids ages 12-18 and younger siblings

Have you ever wondered how the land was formed into what we see today? Why are some areas so flat and some valleys so deep? Learn local geology while reading topographical maps and walking trails at McCloud Nature Park!

Advance registration required by Nov. 14. Registration opens Nov. 1. 

Ages 12-18: $10/child. 

Ages 6-11; $5/child. Children ages 5 and younger are free.