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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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