Homeschool Programs

exploring in the salt marsh

Wild Encounters – Homeschool Program

Once a month hands-on nature programs September through June for homeschool families. Includes topic introduction, hike and outdoor activities.

These classes are held 10:00 a.m. to noon the fourth Monday of each month. Hike and nature journaling always included. Prepay for five classes and get a sixth class free. For ages 5 and up (younger may come). Fee: $5.00/child. Call DRA to register.

NEW: Art class with Brady Nickerson at 1:00 p.m. after Wild Encounters. Fee: $12/child. Call DRA to Register.

Scholarships are available for all programs.

Upcoming Dates Winter/Spring 2017:

  • January 23 – How Animals Survive Winter: Study the subnivean layer and compare adaptations.
  • February 27 – Outdoor Living Skills: Dogsledding and snow-shelter building.
  • March 27 – Tremendous Trees: Tap a maple tree and learn to identify common trees.
  • April 24 – Migration Matters: Search for birds, bats, dragonflies, fish and other migratory animals.
  • May 22 – Horseshoe Crabs: See horseshoe crabs spawning and learn how these animals survive.

E.A.r.t.H. Ecology for Advanced Homeschoolers

For homeschooled youth ages nine and up with a serious interest in natural history and related topics. Regular homework is assigned. Classes held the second Monday of each month (new for winter/spring 2017) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Programs take place at DRA Great Salt Bay Farm, 110 Belvedere Road, except when otherwise noted.

Application available for limited spaces. Health Form required. Fee: non-members $65/student for three month session; members at “Mussel” level or above $40/student for three month session. Prepayment due before new session begins: January 6.

Scholarships are available for all programs.

Upcoming Dates 2016-2017: 

Session I.      

  • October 24 (note irregular date)- Estuaries and How they Work: Work with a model estuary to discover water properties and visit the shore of Great Salt Bay.
  • November 21 – Salt Marsh Communities: Use quadrats and transect lines to study salt marsh plants.
  • December 19 – Mud Flats in Winter: Visit tidal mud flats in search of marine worms and more.

Session II.    

  • January 9 – Reading Trees: Meet at Dodge Point and learn about the forest by studying tree condition.
  • February 13 – Maine Mammals: Study mammal behavior in winter from tracks and signs.
  • March 13 – What Makes a Marsh? Compare freshwater and saltwater marshes and their inhabitants.