Homeschool Fridays

an adventure in learning

Second Friday 24 - 25 Schedule

Second Fridays are a free learning experience for local learners, ages 9 – 12, who not attend traditional schools. Lessons begin promptly at 10 am and last 90 to 120 minutes. Activities are designed to be engaging, hands-dirty, and mostly outdoors, weather permitting. While these activities were designed with middle grade students in mind, we will provide adaptations for slightly older or younger family members.

Registration for each program will open approximately one month in advance.  Participants can register by emailing Sam at Please include the following information:

  1. Guardian’s name
  2. Children’s names and ages
  3. Any required accommodations (wheelchair accessibility, ASL interpreter, etc.)
  4. Program name
  5. Phone number
  6. Email

Fall Semester

Friday, September 13 – Awesome Adaptations 

Change in the environment affects every organism in nature. The most amazing part of this phenomenon is how nature adapts to these changes. Whether it’s over a few generations or many thousands of years, nature finds a way to adapt and evolve — and in innovative ways, too! Join us as we explore nature’s awesome adaptations. We will challenge participants to think of creative adaptive solutions by providing various prompts. (Registration opens August 13)

Friday, October 11 

Spooky Spiders! – They might seem scary, but did you know that spiders play a vital role in our ecosystems? Whether big or small, spiders help keep the real creepy critters, such as flies and mosquitoes, under control. Join us this SPOOKtober as we explore the amazing world of spiders and create our own webs! (Registration opens September 13)

Talkative Trees – November 8 

Did you know trees talk? They don’t talk like us. Their roots communicate in different ways. Whether to warn each other or share resources, trees have an extensive communication network underground. Curious? Join us to explore the complex language of trees and play a communication game where students work together to communicate without using their words. (Registration opens October 11)

Displaced December – December 13 

In nature, you may come across plants and animals that are new to your local ecosystem. These organisms are called displaced species. Some displaced species can bring harm, while others can benefit their new homes. Join us as we explore the concept of displaced species and examine their pros, cons, and history. We will test your knowledge through a trivia game where participants will identify the displaced species in an imagined ecosystem. (Registration opens November 8) 

Spring Semester

Busy Beavers –  January 10 

Beavers play a pivotal role in aquatic ecosystems. They reduce erosion, trap sediment, and store water. However, despite all the benefits they provide, many consider them pests. Join us to learn about busy beavers and how they help manage our environment, followed by an opportunity for participants to build their own dam! (Registration opens December 13)

Brilliant Biomimicry – February 14 

As humans, we are tasked with solving complex problems. Sometimes, nature already has the answer. Scientists sometimes mimic our planet’s natural systems to address problems. Some examples of biomimicry include Velcro, feather insulation (down coats), and wind turbines. Join us to learn more about the brilliance of biomimicry. Students will be placed in groups and work together to design creative solutions to ecological and human-caused problems. (Registration opens January 10)

Amazing Amphibians – March 14

Amphibians are curious creatures. They have several adaptations, such as breathing through their skin, that make them really cool! Amphibians are cold-blooded and many are born with gills. However, it’s the role they play in their ecosystems that makes them so significant. Join us as we learn about the amazing world of amphibians followed by an opportunity for participants to create their own amphibians to fit into specific ecosystems! (Registration opens February 14)

Fantastic Feathers – April 11 

Fantastic Feathers – Did you know that birds have hollow bones? From their bones to their feathers, birds are specially built for flying, swimming, or running thanks to their amazing anatomy. Explore birds’ amazing abilities with us. Participants will have the chance to design, create, and showcase their own wings. Don’t worry! We’ll make sure no one flies away. (Registration opens March 14)

Powerful Pollinators – May 9 (Registration opens April 11)

Flowers, trees, fruits, and vegetables. What do these have in common? They cannot grow without pollinators! Bees, wasps, birds, and bats all have a crucial role in spreading pollen to help plants reproduce. Due to climate change, habitat loss, and pesticide use, pollinator populations have decreased, threatening the future of our ecosystems. Join us as we learn about local pollinators and the important roles they play. We will play a relay activity where participants will work together in teams, racing to pollinate as many flowers as possible to win. 

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