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 January 9th

Inspiration Station

Jan. 9th - Feb. 13th, Tuesdays 1pm-2:30pm OR Jan. 11th - Feb. 15th Thursdays 11am-12:30pm

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

Attention please! We need some creative minds to problem solve for our future! How will we do that? Nature may very well hold the answers and biomimicry is the key. Did you know that the beak of a kingfisher bird inspired high speed trains? Or that the squids color changing skin helped us design futuristic camouflage? There are more effective wind tunnel models and turbines inspired by humpback whale flippers that improve the safety and performance of even airplanes. The animal world is full of crazy adaptations that people can learn from. Investigate the world of motion, machines, and technology as we take a look at how the human world is inspired by nature to solve day to day problems. Investigators will meet some of our Eco animals and watch how they move, eat and use their adaptions to survive. Using them as live inspiration to draw up their own wild Biometry designs, investigations will create a model prototype of their inventions. Will you create shoes that let you walk up a wall like a gecko or a fight suit that lets you soar like an eagle? Join us and find out as we put our imagination skills to the test.

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.

What is Biomimicry?

In the first class students will be introduced to the world of biomimicry. Does anyone know what the word "biomimicry" means? Who has heard the expression, "Nature knows best"? Well, biomimicry is a way of learning from nature. It is a way to observe nature in action and use that knowledge to inspire new ideas. Engineers often use these ideas to develop cool new products or better ways to do things to help people. Students will learn all about biomimicry and how engineers look at the amazing characteristics of animals and plants to create new or improved product design

Slithering Snake Anatomy

So, you think a snake is a snake is a snake?? Not so fast my friend…in this class students will learn what makes a snake a snake? Snakes might just look like a head connected to a long tail, but in reality, their engineering and body plan have made them one of the most successful animals on the planet. Students will learn all about snakes’ unique adaptations, anatomy, locomotion, and way of life, all through hands-on interactions with live snakes. Students will even get to put their engineering skills to the test as they build their very own snake-like contraption to illustrate how their anatomy works!

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 students 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 have a beautiful piece of artwork to take home! You do not want to hide from this class!

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!

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!

Stupendous STEM

In this popular class, Dr. Brady Barr recounts some amazing moments interacting with many of the most dangerous animals on the planet and how science, technology, engineering and math allowed him to live to tell about it!!! From using math to determine the danger zone around snakes, engineering to design his famous crocodile disguise, technology that allows him to literally see in the dark or determine the size of a charging rhino, Dr. B dives head first into the word of STEM and how it is important to all of us…not just scientists trying to survive wild animal interactions. During this class, students will love Dr. B's highlight clips from his popular TV series as well as live animal examples and hands on technology that all make for a highly entertaining and educational presentation. As Dr. B often says, “I'm armed with the scientific method and STEM and I'm not afraid to use them!!!”.


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.