Homeschool Adventures Maryland

EcoAdventures 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 EcoAdventures! 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. 

EcoAdventures and the home school community:
      My 10 year old son and I attended the open house before the grand opening of EcoAdventures 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 EcoAdventures for many years to come.


Policies

  • Special Needs – We welcome special needs students to learn and thrive in our hands on learning style at EcoAdventures.  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, EcoAdventures 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.

Home School Winter Classes *temporarily cancelled until further dates TBA. Please check back for new dates/times. Thank you.

Session 5    Full STEAM Ahead!  (Ages 5-11)

NEWS FLASH!!!  EcoAdventures 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 EcoAdventures’ 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, EcoAdventures 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 EcoAdventures at its best…it’s STEAM…and most importantly it’s KID APPROVED!  This is a session you simply cannot miss!

Slithering Snake Anatomy   Feb 24th 1-2:30pm   $25

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!

Charged Up  Feb 17th  1-2:30pm   $25

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!

Storm Chasers   March 17th 1-2:30pm $25

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.

Motion Madness   Tues, March 7th $25

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!

Session 5  for ages 9+

Led by owner: Dr. Brady Barr 

For this Home Schooled session we listened to your suggestions, honored your requests, and came up with single day classes to meet your scheduling needs.   Diversity is a good thing and that’s how to best describe our lineup of offerings!!  Sessions can  involve plenty of hands-on activities (that’s what we’re all about at ECO), team work, presentations, problem solving, outdoor field research, dissections, group projects…and much much more!  Classes will be team taught by the dynamic duo of EA Director Mei Len Sanchez and her world renowned scientist/TV personality husband and side kick Dr. Brady Barr.  It’s a winning combination not to be missed!  Sign up now because space is limited.  TBA Mei Len’s hand-picked topics- dissection TBA.

CGISuper Snakes!!!!  Tues, Feb 21st 1-2:30pm  $25

The complete Serpent!!!  Everything you ever wanted to know about our scaly legless friends…the snakes.  The mysterious world of snakes will be revealed to students by world renowned snake expert Dr.Brady Barr.  Lots of hands-on activities in this one, as Ecoadventures brings out all our snake friends to help us illustrate techniques, morphology, behavior, and comparisons.  From small to large, bold to cryptic, fossorial to arboeal, will be turning the world of snakes upside down in this “everything you ever wanted to know” about snakes.  Safe techniques for interacting with and scientific data collection techniques on snakes will be covered in detail.  And, hold on tight…Gigantor, our 24 foot, 300 pound, Super snake, will be coming out to help students gain a better insight into these misunderstood, maligned, yet fascinating creatures.  SSSSSSSSSSSign up know for SSSSSSSSSuper SSSSSSnakes!!

 

Prodigious Predators!!!  Wed, March 8th th  1-2:30pm    $25

Forget the producers….we will be concentrating on the predators in this one!!!  How animals utilize dramatically different strategies to acquire their food.  From tongues, teeth, claws, camoflauge, web, slime, and venom, all ways in which nature has devised successful strategies in acquiring lunch will be investigated in this class.  Come hungry to this one, because we will be learning all about the Prodigious Predators!!

 

How to Get the Shot!  2 week classes    Thursdays, Feb 23rd &  March 2nd    1-2:30pm   $50Dr. Brady Barr

Lights..camera..action!!!  Insiders guide to wildlife film making.  How does National Geographic get those jaw dropping shots of animals doing the most amazing things???  Dr Brady Barr, twenty year veteran of making wildlife documentaries for National Geographic Television will be pulling back the curtain and sharing all the secrets to ‘getting the shot”.  Animals rarely cooperate, so how exactly do you get them to appear and perform for the camera?  Dr. Barr will explain all, as he transforms students into a wildlife film crew, tasked with the tall order of capturing animal behavior in their very own short film.  Get your little producers, camera operators, hosts, writers, directors, and animal wranglers, ready, for Dr. Barr to put them to the test.  Can they get the shot????  (2 Classes)