Home School Programs

Overview


Home school programs are geared to coordinate with many of the lesson plans and requirements set forth in the school curriculum's. Lively discussions and interactive activities contribute to a healthy environment for learning.

The Nature Center animals are used whenever possible to help demonstrate concepts. Through its programs, students, parents, and teachers are invited to use the Nature Center as a tool to enhance the learning experience.

Home School Families are also encouraged to visit the Recreater Activity Guide for a listing of our seasonal Home School Days Classes. 

Reservation Information

For specific questions regarding these classes, please call the Catoctin Creek Nature Center at 301-600-2051.

  • Additional home school programs and topics are available by request
  • All attendees are required to register and pay, including siblings
  • Minimum group size is 6 participants and maximum is 20
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 participants
  • Programs are 1 ½ -3 hours in length, depending on the program
  • Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance
  • Adult chaperones may be asked to actively assist with program
  • Program Fees: *$8.00 / per participant
  • To reserve your program, please call 301-600-1646

Ages


These programs are for ages 5-12 years old.

Animal Adaptations

                                                                                                        
Animals have developed many ways to survive in their natural habitats.  Explore the various adaptations of our Nature Center animals (inside and out) and participate in adaptation experiments.

Bones, Bones, Bones

      
Skeletons provide structure, protection and movement. Students will analyze bones from different animals to compare their forms and functions, dissect sterilized owl pellets, and assemble an animal skeleton.

Creek Critters

 (Late spring and early fall only)
Learn how to collect and identify small creek critters called macro-invertebrates and what they can tell us about the health of our creek. Participants will be entering water 1 – 2 feet deep. Wear close-toed footwear and bring extra clothes – just in case! Young children must be accompanied by a parent.

Paleontologist for a Day 

(Late spring and early fall only)
Conduct a simulated dinosaur dig in our new sandbox! Find out how paleontologists conduct a dig and how they record and preserve the artifacts they find.

Rockin’ Rocks!


Be a geologist for a day! Try to recreate the rock cycle, examine different kinds of rocks, and explore the forces of the earth that have shaped our planet.

Watershed Wizards


Water is the basis of all life on earth. Using a watershed model and other activities, we will examine the water cycle and experiment to see how even far away human activities affect the health and water quality of Catoctin Creek and other local streams and rivers.  


  • Additional home school programs and topics are available by request
  • All attendees are required to register and pay, including siblings
  • Minimum group size is 6 participants and maximum is 20
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 participants
  • Programs are 1 ½ -3 hours in length, depending on the program
  • Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance
  • Adult chaperones may be asked to actively assist with program
  • Program Fees: *$8.00 / per participant
  • To reserve your program, please call 301-600-1646
  • Additional home school programs and topics are available by request
  • All attendees are required to register and pay, including siblings
  • Minimum group size is 6 participants and maximum is 20
  • One adult chaperone is required for every 10 participants
  • Programs are 1 ½ -3 hours in length, depending on the program
  • Reservations must be made at least 30 days in advance
  • Adult chaperones may be asked to actively assist with program
  • Program Fees: *$8.00 / per participant
  • To reserve your program, please call 301-600-1646