Homeschool nature Classes
For grades K-5
Get your kids outside and into nature! On Thursdays, homeschoolers in K-5th grade can enjoy outdoor nature and science activities during Backyard Scientists. Activities will correspond to each grade level standard. During Backyard Scientists, children are encouraged to explore their environment and develop their own relationship with nature, within a safe and structured setting. Lead by knowledgeable naturalists, your kids will learn plant identification, geology, ecology, and more! Sign up on a week by week basis!
Dates: Thursdays during the school year
Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm
September: Wilderness Explorers: Skulls, skins, and scat!
October: Fall in the Forest!
Pricing : $70 per day for non-members, $60 per day for members with code SCIENCE23
Not a member? Join or renew today to enjoy discounts on all of our camps, classes, and much more!
- Students need to come prepared for outdoor activities. Please dress for the weather and bring a refillable water bottle and lunch.
- An email with detailed information will be sent the week prior to classes starting.
Exploring Nature in Your Own Backyard
Frequently asked Questions:
Most frequent questions and answers regarding camp practices as well as modifications in response to COVID-19
Children will be engaged in a nature lesson and outdoor exploration. Topics will range from weather and climate to the life cycle of a butterfly! Children will participate in games, crafts, and experiments all with a focus on science!
This is a drop-off program for children in K through 5th grade!
Children should come dressed appropriately for the weather, we always recommend bringing a rain jacket just in case! Children should wear closed-toed shoes. Please bring a refillable water bottle, a lunch, and a snack.
You may send extra sunscreen and bug spray with your child and it can be reapplied during the day if needed, but we want to make sure that each camper arrives to camp protected and ready to go. We will not apply bug spray without your permission. Please let us know if it is OK to reapply both bug spray and sunscreen.
We also recommend that you send a change of clothes in a plastic bag in case your child needs to change really dirty or wet clothes during the day.
We have one educator per 12 students. Our educators are former school teachers or naturalists.
No. Parents are expected to monitor their child’s health and if they exhibit symptoms of Covid-19 or other illnesses they are expected to notify the staff and keep their child at home. Please do not send your child to class if anyone else in the home is sick.
Students will wash their hands before snacks and lunch and after restroom breaks. A hand sanitizer station will be set up in each camp classroom and students will be directed to use it regularly.
Classrooms and bathrooms will be sanitized using an EPA approved disinfectant.
No, we are keeping with the current guidelines from the CDC. No masks are required, but if you want your child to wear one, please send a couple with them.
Your child will be separated from the group until a parent/guardian can pick them up from class. They will be supervised by an adult from 6 feet apart. They will not be permitted to return to camp until they have either had a negative COVID-19 test or have been fever and fever medication free for 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Backyard Scientists begin at 9:00. Drop-off begins at 8:50. Drop off is in our parking lot near the boardwalk entrance with our large logo sign. Staff will be in the parking lot to greet you and walk your child to class. Backyard Scientists ends at 3:00. We will have a carpool pick up and we will have the children ready on the boardwalk where you dropped them off. If you have another person picking up your child, please let us know at drop off and via email. Please provide the person’s name and that they have your permission to pick up your child. We will check ID.