Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ashland Nature Center: Fall Programs for Homeschoolers!

Field Studies Program Series
These programs are designed to meet state and national standards for students age 6 through 12.

Advance registration is required for all programs .

The cost for each program:
$7 per member
$12 for non-members

Homeschool Program #1
Rock Hounds
Course #: F08-098-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Sept. 12 Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate the rock cycle as it relates to Ashland’s geologic past and our local geology. Hike the trails at Ashland to discover current examples of weathering, erosion and deposition, and use rock hammers and goggles to collect mineral and rock samples for identification.
Led by: DNS Staff
Homeschool Program #2
Inspirations Along the Brandywine
Course #: F08-099-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Sept. 26 Time: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Enjoy an afternoon along the Brandywine Creek at Point Lookout, farm of Jamie Wyeth.
See the surrounding forests, wildlife and farm animals that are featured in generations of Wyeth art. Try your creative hand while sketching, painting and taking digital photos. Let the Brandywine inspire you! This program meets at Ashland Nature Center, then (van or carpool to Pt. Lookout.)
Led by: Judy Montgomery, Overnight & Outreach Coordinator

Homeschool Program #3
Fall Migration on Hawk Watch Hill
Course #: F08-100-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Oct. 17
Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

View one of the extraordinary spectacles of fall – migration! This is the peak migratory period for Kestrels, Merlins, Peregrines, Bald Eagles and Sharp-shinneds Hawks. Join Ashland’s hawk-watching research team and learn how to use binoculars & spotting scopes and add to the data collected each hour. Hawk identification, migration patterns and use of the hawk migration database will all be explained in this lesson.
Led by: DNS Staff

Homeschool Program #4
Delaware Bay Study
Course #: F08-101-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Nov. 7* Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate the diversity of life in the Delaware Bay Estuary. Study the rich diversity of plant and animals life that depend on the bay. Use dip nets, seine nets and binoculars to search for wildlife. Arrange organisms in appropriate food-chains, identify them as producers, consumers or decomposers.
*This program meets at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge*
Led by: DNS Staff

Homeschool Program #5
Discovering Trees
Course #: F08-102-AS
Max: 15
Date: Friday Nov. 21 Time: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate a variety of different trees and observe their similarities and differences. Learn parts of trees and their functions, what trees need to grow, and how trees change throughout the year. Determine the age of the stages of forest succession, search for examples of dominant plants and animals. **Help plant trees along the Red Clay Creek floodplain. *** This program is held at Ashland Nature Center.
Led by: DNS Staff

Homeschool Program #6
Farm Overnight
Course #: F08-103-AS
Min: 10
Date: Tuesday Oct. 28 – Wed. Oct. 29 Time: Tues. 10:00 am to Wednesday 2:30 pm

Discover the joys of farm life as you become a farmer for the day. Harvest crops from the fields and gardens and take part in afternoon livestock chores. Calculate the correct amount of food for each farm animal – and make sure they eat it. Make a farm fresh dinner, with corn, squash and creamy butter made at the farm. Pop just-picked popcorn at your evening campfire. On Wed. use digital cameras and make your own 2009 “Farmer’s Calendar”. Learn how to store seeds, and start a collection for your own spring garden. Home-base will be at the Ashland lodge, then carpool to Coverdale Farm (2 miles away) for programs.
Led by: Judy Montgomery, Overnight & Outreach Coordinator

Fee for this Program: Cost $35.00/ student. One parent should plan to accompany child (at no cost)


David Pragoff
School Program Coordinator

If you are a homeschool parent or organizer and are interested in programs for older students or topics that are not covered in our fall offerings, please contact David Pragoff to request a copy of our School Program Brochure.