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Nature Explorers
Homeschool Natural Science Classes
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 pm

The Nature Explorer program is a series of natural science classes designed to supplement homeschooling curriculums. We explore various topics through interactive lectures as well as hands-on activities both inside and outside. We also provide a Parent Page, an outline of the day’s presentation for review and/or portfolio use.

Families can choose to sign up for all the classes or choose only those that best fit their needs; most of the classes are not sequential. Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Fees for each class vary depending upon the type of materials needed for that class. We prefer class fees to be paid in advance to allow for the purchase of materials; however, other arrangements can be made, if necessary.

Families may register through the mail (2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022), in person at the nature center (Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by phone during business hours (269-927-4832).

We request the parents of our six- to nine-year-old students stay to assist their children unless they also have younger children who require supervision (outside the classrooms, please). Parents of our older students (10 years and up) are welcome to stay and share the discoveries, but their presence is not necessary.

For any further information, contact Eileen at Sarett Nature Center:

(269) 927-4832 or eileenc@sarett.com
Nature Explorers
2013-2014 Class Schedule

Sep 11, 2013

$3
AMPHIBIANS & REPTILES: Become a junior herpetologist by studying the similarities and differences of this ectothermic group.

Sep 25, 2013

$3
FROGS: We’ll review frog-specific adaptations, learn the calls of common Michigan species and go frog-spotting at the ponds.

Oct 9, 2013

$3

SALAMANDERS: Learn about the life cycle and adaptations of these slimy lizard-lookalikes. We will also observe a feeding session.

Oct 23, 2013

$3

TOTALLY TURTLES : We’ll study the adaptations of these shelled reptiles before exploring Sarett’s turtle habitats.

Nov 6, 2013

$3

SNAKES: These legless reptiles instill fear in many people. We’ll learn about their abilities and meet Sarett’s resident snakes to allay those fears.

Nov 20, 2013

$3

OH DEER : How much do you really know about the white-tail deer so common around here? Learn their adaptations and hunt for signs of their activity.

Dec 4, 2013

$3

RABBITS : Rabbits are one of the animals that can stay active during winter. Learn about their adaptations then survey an area for rabbit activity.

Dec 18, 2013

$3

SQUIRRELS : They’re all around but how much do you really know about our three species of tree squirrels? Become an expert and try your hand at building a drey.

Jan 8, 2014

$3

RACCOONS : We’ll discuss the many strategies these amazingly adaptive mammals have developed for life in the woods before wandering through their habitat.

Jan 22, 2014

$3

SCIENCE OF SNOW : Our inside and outside study will encompass the formation of snow crystals, Inuit words for types of snow and animals’ use of snow. NOTE: Class will be cancelled if there is no snow.

Feb 5, 2014

$3

WHAT MAKES A BIRD A BIRD? : Everyone knows that birds have feathers. Learn about the other adaptations that allow birds to occupy their niche in the natural world.

Feb 19, 2014

$3

BIRD IDENTIFICATION: Late winter is a good time to learn and practice basic bird identification techniques. We’ll observe birds from the windows then head out on the trail.

Mar 5, 2014

$3

RAPTORS: Hawks, owls and vultures are some of Michigan’s raptors that we will study.

Mar 19, 2014

$4

OWLS: Owls are wise. Owls can see in total darkness. Owls can fly silently. After today students will be able to discern owl fact from owl fiction.

Apr 2, 2014

$3

WOODPECKERS: Many people believe that they peck for and eat wood. Learn the truth about woodpecker behavior and identify the species that live here.

Apr 16, 2014

$3

BIRD BEHAVIOR: Study the complex behaviors that are the basis for birds’ ingenious survival techniques and watch for examples by the birds at our feeders.
 

NATURE EXPLORER REGISTRATION

2013-2014

PARENT NAME:

PHONE:

ADDRESS:

STUDENT NAME:

AGE:

STUDENT NAME:

AGE:

STUDENT NAME:

AGE:

STUDENT NAME:

AGE:

EMERGENCY CONTACT (other than parent):

EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE:

 

DATE

CLASS

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

X FEE

TOTAL

Sep 11

Amphibians & Reptiles

 

$3

 

Sep 25

Frogs

 

$3

 

Oct 9

Salamanders

 

$3

 

Oct 23

Totally Turtles

 

$3

 

Nov 6

Snakes

 

$3

 

Nov 20

Oh Deer

 

$3

 

Dec 4

Rabbits

 

$3

 

Dec 18

Squirrels

 

$3

 

Jan 8

Raccoons

 

$3

 

Jan 22

Science of Snow

Weather Dependent

 

$3

 

Feb 5

What Makes a Bird a Bird?

 

$3

 

Feb 19

Bird Identification

 

$3

 

Mar 5

Raptors

 

$3

 

Mar 19

Owls

 

$4

 

Apr 2

Woodpeckers

 

$3

 

Apr 16

Bird Behavior

 

$3

 

 

 

REGISTRATION

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

 


SARETT HOURS:  Building Open
                                  Tuesday-Friday   9:00 AM-5:00 PM
                                  Saturday   10:00 AM-5:00 PM
                                  Sunday   1:00-5:00 PM
Our trails are open dawn to dusk every day.

Sarett Nature Center
2300 Benton Center Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022                                  

Phone: (269)927-4832

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