About the Homeschool Enrichment Series

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SLNC’s Homeschool Enrichment Series is an option for families who take a different approach to educating their children (ages 5-14).  Our 4-week program provides an opportunity for children to get hands-on experience within the STEM disciplines, without the formal constraints.  Each of the lessons are developed with the PA Standard Aligned System (SAS) in mind and ensure that children will excel in all settings.

There are five sessions per year: Fall, Fall II, Winter, Winter II, and Spring. The topics covered are relevant to each season. We enjoy all types of weather at SLNC and will encourage your children to feel the same way.  It is important to make sure that your child dresses for the weather and is always prepared to get dirty! We love seeing students in closed toe shoes and long pants as we do explore in our forest, meadow, and marsh.

The program is a drop-off program run by our environmental educators.  We encourage parents to minimize interactions with the class in order to reduce distractions.  Parents are not encouraged to stay on site, but are welcome to hike the trails on their own during this time.

**UPDATE: Effective Monday, 2/28/2022, masking in County buildings is optional for all employees and visitors regardless of vaccination status.**

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Winter II 2024

Homeschooling Enrichment Series: Topic – Earth ship Exploration and the Importance of Upcycling
AM (10:30 – 12:00)  from February 21st- March 13th 

During the Winter II AM series, we will be focusing on the importance of recycling and reusing materials in the modern world. The first week, we will explore our very own earth ship and talk about building with repurposed materials, solar electricity, thermal/solar heating and cooling, water harvesting, contained sewer treatment, and food production. During our second week, students will be learning about reusing old materials that would often be thrown away to create exciting new items that can be used again! We will be creating our very own paper and complete journals from scratch using old newspapers, magazines, and paper shredding. During week 3, we will be making our very own mosaic artwork out of recycled water bottle caps while also talking about the microplastics that harm our environment. Our final week, students will be given options of recycled materials and will design their own personalized upcycling project with the goal of making something they can use in their everyday life.

 

February 21st – Earth ship Exploration

February 28th – Paper/Journal Making

March 6th – Mosaic art from recycled bottle caps

March 13th – Upcycling project/trash clean-up

 

Homeschooling Enrichment Series: Topic – Winter Survival Skills & Tips
PM (1:30 – 3:00) from February 21st – March 13th

During the Winter II PM series, we will be learning basic winter survival skills for emergency situations. Winter and extreme cold present unique survival challenges so we will be focusing on tips and tricks for staying healthy. We will be starting this series by discussing what survival means and how to stay calm if we are faced with winter emergencies. We will continue our lessons with shelter building while discussing the safest locations to set up camp even with ice and snow. Then, we will go on a hunt to forage food that would help us survive in the winter if we were stranded in the woods. We will also learn about the collection and purification of water even with freezing temperatures. During week 3, we will be focusing on signaling and cold weather first aid. Our last week, we will look at a variety of ways to make a fire. The educator will build a small campfire to discuss fire safety and cooking on a campfire. We may even have an edible treat at the end!

 

February 21st-Introduction to Survival/Shelter building

February 28th- Winter foraging/Creating potable drinking water

March 6th- Signaling and Cold Weather First Aid

March 13th- Fire making and Campfire Cooking

 

 

 

Spring 2024

Homeschooling Enrichment Series: Topic – Survival Skills & Tips
AM (10:30 – 12:00) from March 20th-April 10th

During the Spring series, we will be learning basic spring wilderness survival skills for emergency situations. This series is designed to be a hands-on introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary to live through a survival situation. We will be starting this session by discussing what survival means and how to stay calm when faced with outdoor emergencies. We will continue our lesson with shelter building while discussing the safest locations to set up camp during the spring. Then we will go on a hunt to forage food that would help us to survive in the spring if we were stranded in the woods. We will also learn about the collection, filtering, and purification of water with warmer weather. During Week 3, we will be focusing on learning how to use a compass, signaling, and first aid. Our last week, we will look at a variety of ways to make a fire. The educator will build a small campfire and discuss fire safety and cooking on a campfire. We may even have an edible treat at the end!

 

March 20th- Introduction to Survival/Shelter Building

March 27th- Spring Foraging/Creating potable drinking water

April 3rd- Compass use, Signaling, and First Aid

April 10th- Fire Making and Campfire Cooking

 

 

Homeschooling Enrichment Series: Topic – Spring Adventures
PM (1:30 – 3:00) from March 20th-April 10th

During the Spring series, we will be exploring the wonders that the warm spring season has to offer! We will start this series by grabbing our fishing poles and making our way to Magnolia Lake in hopes of catching some fish. We will be learning all about how to properly use a fishing rod, casting, and even exercising some patience. During Week 2, we will be focusing on invasive plants that are starting to develop during the springtime and even doing a bit of removal to help bring more space for our natives to grow. During Week 3, we will be hiking to the waterfall and learning all about the organisms that live in the environment. For this particular week we will need to bring closed-toed water shoes as our feet might get a bit wet or muddy. For our last week, we will be heading into Delhas Woods and taking a closer look at the tiny creatures that live in our vernal pools.

 

March 20th- Introduction to Fishing

March 27th- Invasive Plant Removal

April 3rd- Waterfall Exploration

April 10th- Vernal Pool Exploration

 

 

 

Pricing for Winter II/Spring 2024:

Entire 4-week Session- $60/member; $80/non-members

 

Refund Policy:

Cancellations more than 7 days before class will receive a 50% refund.  Cancellations less than 7 days before class will not receive a refund.  There are no refunds for no-shows.  If Silver Lake Nature Center cancels, a full refund will be issued.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Summer Camp Director/ Environmental Educator, Holly Hewchuk at v-hlhewchuk@buckscounty.org