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.

Through February, classes are held 10:00 a.m. to noon on 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 IN MARCH, classes will start one hour earlier and go from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00. Following the class, join singer-songwriter Heather Hardy from 11:15 am. to 12:15 p.m. for songs relating to Wild Encounters themes. Open to kids ages 9 – 12 only. No prior experience is necessary, and ukuleles are provided. Younger siblings may join DRA Staff for a nature painting or drawing activity downstairs during this time. Early registration is strongly recommended. Fee: $10.

Scholarships are available for all programs.

Winter & Spring programs:

January 22 – Beavers and Muskrats: Explore the wetlands in winter and learn about these big rodents.
February 26 – Winter Wonderland: Go dogsledding and build a snow shelter.
March 26 – Tremendous Trees: Tap a maple tree, taste sap, and learn to identify common trees.
April 23 – Migrators on the Move: Search for birds, horseshoe crabs, dragonflies, and other migratory creatures.
May 21 – Alewives Around Us: See alewives in migration and learn all about these amazing animals.

About Heather Hardy: Winner of the 2013 Maine Songwriting Competition and 2nd place winner of the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest, Heather Hardy is a singer-songwriter living in Bristol, Maine. She plays guitar and ukulele, and has a blast playing her guitar like a stand-up bass. Heather blends her unique voice with rich melodies, often highlighting mouth trumpet instrumentals in her songs. She teaches songwriting, guitar and ukulele for all ages.