Nature's Adventurers

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Nature's Adventurers

Grade 3 - 5 Homeschool Program

Join us at the VINS Nature Center and virtually throughout the 2020/2021 academic year as we explore STEM, nature, inquiry and place-based learning for students of all ages. Each month has an overall theme, with each week focusing on a narrower topic.

In Person:

  • In-person lessons will happen at the VINS Nature Center biweekly.  Lessons for primary grades K-2 and elementary grades 3-5 will share the same topic, but the content for grades 3-5 will dig deeper.  
  • Elementary Grades 3-5 lessons: 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Virtual: 

  • Virtual lessons will include all grades, K-5. 
  • Welcome Circle: 9:30am - 9:45am
  • At home activities (on your own): between 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Closing Circle: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

September: Habitats
Wednesday, September 9: Life in a Field
Wednesday, September 16: Life in a Stream (Virtual)
Wednesday, September 23: Forest Floor
Wednesday, September 30: Biodiversity (Virtual)

October: Changes
Wednesday, October 7: Meet a Tree
Wednesday, October 14: Migration (Virtual)
Wednesday, October 21: Vermont Landscape
Wednesday, October 28: Succession (Virtual)

November: Earth & Sky
Wednesday, November 4: Geology
Wednesday, November 11: Weather (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 18: Direction

December: Engineering & Design
Wednesday, December 2: Simple Machines
Wednesday, December 9: Catapults (Virtual)
Wednesday, December 16: Animal Homes

*Parent/Guardian presence is required during all programs. 

In-Person/Virtual Lessons

  • $322 per child and their accompanying adult
  • Receive a $100 discount for each additional child when you register two or more homeschooler(s)

Virtual Only Lessons

  • $60 per child

This program is suitable for Kindergarten through Grade 2 students (ages 5-7).

Don't have the time to come to VINS for our in-person series? Join us for our virtual-only lessons at a reduced rate! These bi-weekly lessons provide you with resources and structure for your day of at-home learning.

Virtual lessons will include all grades, K-5.

  1. Welcome Circle: 9:30am - 9:45am (which will be viewable anytime afterwards)
  2. At home activities (on your own): between 10:00am - 2:00pm
  3. Closing Circle: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Participants will receive an email prior to each virtual lesson that will include:

  • A link with password (these should not be shared, as they are for registered Homeschool group members only)
  • Virtual Classroom that will house all information needed for the lesson
  • Lessons will begin promptly at 9:30 for the Welcome Circle and at 2:00 for our Closing Circle

September: Habitats
Wednesday, September 16: Life in a Stream
Wednesday, September 30: Biodiversity

October: Changes
Wednesday, October 14: Migration
Wednesday, October 28: Succession

November: Earth & Sky
Wednesday, November 11: Weather

December: Engineering & Design
Wednesday, December 9: Catapults

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.