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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Fall II 2022

Homeschool Enrichment AM Session (10:30am-12:00pm) 

During our AM session for FALL II we will be focusing on Nature Journaling in the many habitats of Silver Lake Nature Center. All students young and old can go outside and journal about what they are seeing. This natural discovery leads to wonderful questions and learning about the plants and animals that we pass without noticing. We will be learning some quick sketching techniques, making our own natural ink, playing natural games, and going on a different hike every week! We all observe the world differently and interact with it in our own unique way. Some students will have arrows, notes, questions, and will have very busy pages. Some students like to focus on one sketch, take their time, and add fine details. I can’t wait to see what your learner will create! Students who join me for nature journaling will be bringing home their own nature journal at the end of the 4 weeks to continue exploring at home!

November 30th – Introduction to Nature Journaling

December 7th – Insect Search and Find

December 14th – Trees of SLNC

December 21st – Animal Tracking

 

Homeschool Enrichment PM Session (1:30pm-3pm)

During our PM session for FALL II we will be focusing on Outdoor Survival Skills. This 4-week series focuses on skills that students can use while camping. We will be starting this series discussing what survival means and how we can stay safe while also exploring the natural world. Students will learn to tie a variety of helpful knots and navigate from a trailhead in the first week. We will continue our lessons with shelter building and will discuss safe locations to build a shelter or set up a tent. Our third week will focus on common native plants that are either edible or medicinal. Our last week will look at a variety of ways to making a fire. Students will be building a fire base but will not be starting their own fires. The educator will build a small campfire to discuss fire safety and cooking on a campfire. There may even be an edible treat at the end! 🙂 I look forward to seeing your learner soon!

November 30th – Introduction to Survival – Knots and Trail Navigation

December 7th – Safe Locations and Shelter Building

December 14th – Edible & Medicinal Plants

December 21st – Fire Making and Campfire Cooking

 

Pricing for Fall 2022:

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, Patricia Nichols at v-pmnichols@buckscounty.org