Homeschool Adventures Maryland

 
 
 
Eco Adventures is offering hands-on, unique, dynamic enrichment programs with a wide range of themes for homeschooling groups. We've got you covered from rain forests to bugs, nature hikes to fossil digs, and more! Jump onto the wild side at Eco Adventures! We customize to your needs. Did we mention we have a rainforest, crocodile pond, live animal interactions, and feeding demonstrations?? Each class will have class objectives, a review sheet to take home, and “homework”. At the end of the session each student will take home a certificate to show completion of the session.
 
Baby crocodile — Homeschool Adventures in Millersville, MD
 
 
 
Eco Adventures and the home school community:
"My 10 year old son and I attended the open house before the grand opening of Eco Adventures in Millersville a year ago. I knew right away that this was a place I wanted my son to attend and I knew it would be wonderful for our family and for the home school community. The staff was willing to work with me and set up a home school class and from the very first adventure we were hooked!

Each class includes hands on animal experiences and this is the only place I have ever been that always seems to say yes in some fashion to the children — Yes, you can touch this way. Yes, we can do that. Yes, we can bring an animal out to look at and learn about. The atmosphere is relaxed and the children are always engaged and excited to learn. They cover so many topics and always in a way that is fascinating. My son enjoyed the program so much that he started working towards the Junior Assistant program and just this July, after 9 months of preparing, he passed the interview and reached his goal. This will be an excellent addition to his home school transcript and we hope to have a working/school relationship with Eco Adventures for many years to come."
 
 
 
 
 
 

Home School Classes Beginning Thursday, October 5th

Zoology 101

Sept 28th-Nov 9th 11:00am-12:30pm *note no class on Oct 19th due to schools out/camp

$120 for 6 week course (Ages 5-12) or ages 10+ (inquire)


Join us at Eco Adventures as we learn all about the “ologies”! Mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology and ichthyology – what do they all mean? Our first class explores all five of these zoology fields. What makes them different? What makes them the same? How do they all interrelate?


The subsequent weeks will be an in-depth study of each field. Use your deductive reasoning skills to identify species using classification keys. What kind of habitat do they live in? What do they eat – are they an herbivore, insectivore, carnivore or omnivore? What is the difference? Learn about life cycles, migration, hibernation and more!


Eco Adventures is a hands-on learning environment. Students will have ample opportunities to touch and hold some of our wonderful animal ambassadors! We also utilize artifacts, pelts, skeletons, tracks, etc. to make your student’s learning experience truly unique with hands-on lab activities!


Classes are taught by our amazing staff of environmental & animal specialists/biologists, herpetologists such as National Geographic's Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologists. Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Full STEAM Ahead! (Ages 5-12) NEW DATES

NEWS FLASH!!! Eco Adventures has done the impossible!!! We've made STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), super exciting and…wait for it…..kid friendly!! That's right kid friendly, meaning that kids simply cannot get enough of what we're offering. Drawing upon Eco Adventures' unique resources, special talents, and keen minds, our education team has created a dynamic, kid approved, set of STEAM activities that get kids excited! We know…because we've already run them by young inquiring minds, and they gave us two thumbs up. We're proud to be offering our Kid Approved STEAM activities in an all new after school Program. And, as always, Eco Adventures will bring it all together with fun, inquiry based, hands on learning, in a dynamic and high tech fashion. In each class, kids can interact with animals, create experiments, test theories, formulate questions, utilize gear and gadgets, incorporate artwork, and even devise creations. This is Eco Adventures at its best…it's STEAM…and most importantly it's KID APPROVED! This is a session you simply cannot miss!

Starts Friday November 3rd,11:00-12:30pm, $110 per 5 week session or $27 per class(call for one day drop ins) *Note no classes 20th due to no school/camps

Sept 29th -Slithering Snake Anatomy

In this all new class, students will get to learn what actually makes a snake, a snake! Snakes might just look like a head attached to a long tail, but they are much, much more than that! Their engineering and body plan have made them into one of the most successful animals in the planet. Students will learn all about these amazing animals' unique adaptations, anatomy, locomotion, and way of life–all through hands on interactions with live snakes. After we observe these reptiles in motion,we can put our new knowledge to the test by using engineering skills to build our own contraptions to illustrate how snake anatomy works!

Oct 6th -Storm Chasers

When you live outdoors in nature, you really need to have a plan for dealing with extreme weather conditions. The most successful animals have found ways to adapt to these extremes! From a bearded dragon in the heat of the desert, to a penguin in the bone chilling cold, or a bird having to fly through hurricane winds. Students will explore these amazing survival strategies to see firsthand how they learn to live in all of these crazy weather patterns. After learning about the different weather extremes and meeting some of the animals that can survive in them, we will experiment in a weather-making lab where we create our own miniature storms in a jar.

Oct 13th - Hide & Seek

Have you ever wondered why animals are so hard to find in nature? They just seem to have a special skill at hiding from us, and for good reason, for in nature, it's eat or be eaten! Camouflage is everything in the ultimate game of hide and seek! In this class kids will take a closer look at how certain animals can change color, hide themselves, build structures that camouflage, or are masters of illusion and mimicry! How do they do it? Students will get all the answers as they learn about color mixing and how animals utilize colors to their advantage. Throwing art into the mix they will even get to use watercolors to create their very own camouflage, and also have a beautiful piece of artwork to take home! You do not want to hide from this class!

Oct 27th -Motion Madness

Animals have many marvelous means of movement! From slithering and rolling, to jumping and flying, these are quite a few ways to move around. Some types of animal locomotion have even inspired human technology, and even self defense techniques like martial arts. In this very active class, students will learn about different types of movement by moving along side of our live animal demonstrations. Who has a better jump, a tree frog or a kid? Can you walk like a gator, or slither like a snake? We will be testing human against animals and all answers will be revealed! Students will even get to participate in a lab where we build our own animal movement machine!

Nov 3rd -Charged Up

In this class, students will literally be getting charged up for nature! You'll be shocked to know that there are many animals in nature that use energy as a way of life. Electric eels, lightning bugs, glow worms, and many more utilize electricity to survive. Some of them use bioluminescence to communicate, while others use the electricity to defend themselves. Students will examine all of the ways that animals use this energy source in their lives and how exactly it all works. Then we will combine all of this new found knowledge together to create our own working lightning bugs!
 
 
 

Policies

 
Children laying with a snake— Homeschool Adventures in Millersville, MD
 
  • Special Needs – We welcome special needs students to learn and thrive in our hands on learning style at Eco Adventures. In order to maintain the quality of our programs and for your children's and animals' safety, we require that special needs students have adult supervision to assist. Failure to do so, may result in cancellation of registration as we are not special needs experts.
  • Pick up – Please be on time picking up your children. Subject to a late pick up fee after 5 minutes tardy.
  • Please do not bring any toys/ or use of electronics is prohibited
  • Absences: Please notify us when you child will be absent.
  • Whenever possible, students will be given different activities/challenges according to their age.
  • Vacation & Sick Policy:If applicable for week long sessions, you may make up to 1 days of missed home school class anytime during the same session. You must give advance notice to make up class & it will be dependent on availability. If that does not work out you may get one pass to a Jungle Express. No refunds or credits.
  • Snow/Inclement Weather Policy: If Anne Arundel County Schools close, Eco Adventures is closed. If AACPS let out early, you are responsible for pick up. We will try our best to reschedule for snow days, but if not possible we will give an Open Play/Jungle Express pass.
  • Discounts: Military (must show ID) OR sibling -$5 sibling discount per class
  • Must have a minimum number of 5 students to run the class.