Homeschool Programs

Enjoy an exploratory outdoor field trip with your student or group.

Learn more about native plants, animals, and habitats at the Preserve.

Homeschool Field Education Center Discovery Series

Enjoy learning in one or more of our Field Education Centers!

You can try out a single program before committing to a semester-long series.

Examples of Series Themes: 

These examples are intended to help you think about the possibilities for your group. Your group interests and needs will be influential in creating a specific program.

Nature Journaling

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 Discover the art of nature journaling as we explore our Field Education Center(s). Children will make their own nature journal by practicing writing about and drawing observations of the natural world. 

Becoming a Naturalist

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Discover plants, animals, soils, rocks, fungi and more at one or multiple Field Education Center(s). Children will build connections to all the natural elements of the world, including their own individual functions.

details and pricing

Programs are geared towards ages 4-13, run rain or shine, and require payment at least 2 weeks in advance.

Length: 2 hours; 3 hours; 3+ hours possible upon request.

Scheduling: WE SCHEDULE FIELD TRIPS MONDAY - Friday; 10 AM - 6 PM. Weekend programs depend upon availability.

Topic Selection: PICK ONE OF THE TOPICS LISTED ABOVE. WANT SOMETHING ELSE? WE WILL GLADLY DESIGN A PROGRAM TO FIT YOUR NEEDS!

Pricing:

  • 2 hours: $125.00; for up to 10 children ages 4-13 years with 1 Blue Heron educator.

  • 3 hours: $210.00 for up to 20 children ages 4-13 years with 2 Blue Heron educators.

  • 3+ hours: Please contact Amy Zvonar, Education Director, for a longer program request.

Frequency:

  • Single Program: 

    • Your group will spend their 2-hours at the Field Education Center of their choice.

    • Program activities focus on outdoor time and range from drawing, building, and data-collecting.

  • Monthly Program: 

    • Available from September-May.

    • Your group will meet once a month for a minimum of 3 months and up to 8 months.

    • Groups can explore a Field Education Center in depth or visit several Field Education Centers to compare and contrast the habitats.

  • Weekly Program: 

    • Available from September-May and only during the weekdays.

    • Your group will meet once a week for a minimum of 3 weeks and a maximum of 28 weeks.

    • Discounted pricing is available to groups who come more than 6 consecutive weeks.

READY TO BOOK? HAVE SOME QUESTIONS?

CONTACT AMY ZVONAR, EDUCATION DIRECTOR: AMYZ@BHNP.ORG


At Home Outdoors: Eco-Adventures for Homeschoolers Series


This program is currently full. Email Amy Zvonar, amyz@bhnp.org, to be put on the wait list.


WITH The BLUE HERON NATURE PRESERVE, THE ATLANTA AUDUBON SOCIETY, AND THE AMPHIBIAN FOUNDATION

Be a part of our outdoor, nature and ecology-based homeschool program for ages 5-12! Each month, we investigate a different topic related to urban ecology and utilize the woods, meadows and waterways as a living lab. 

Pricing per Program:

  • $15/child or $50 for Fall Semester (4 sessions, September-December)

  • Parents/Guardians and siblings age 4 and under are free. Children ages 4 and under must be accompanied by an adult guardian at all times.

  • Registration is required at least 24 hours prior to the program. Drop-Ins will be charged $18.00 at the door. Parents/Guardians may drop off their participating children or remain for the program.


Dates & Details:

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September 14th, 2018

"Hummingbirds: Magic in the Skies" with the Atlanta Audubon Society

Program Description:

How does a bird that weighs only as much as a penny make a nonstop flight across an ocean?!

Join us for an up-close look at Atlanta Audubon’s ambassador hummingbird, Shep, and discover the remarkable adaptations that make hummingbirds so unique. 

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October 12th, 2018

"Lizards, lizards, lizards!!" with the Amphibian Foundation

Program Description:

There are many kinds of lizards in our world! We are going to take an in-depth look at different lizards and their behaviors. What do they eat? How do they spend their time? Where do they come from? Join us to find out!

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November 9th, 2018

"Whooo's Who: Owls of Georgia" with the Atlanta Audubon Society

Program Description:

Students will learn about Georgia’s native owl species, exploring their unique adaptations and their importance in the food web. We’ll even dissect an owl pellet to see what was on the menu!

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December 14th, 2018

"Incredible Trees" with the Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Program Description:

Discover the world of trees through activities like climbing, log balancing, and even stick fort building!

Our hands-on exploration will encourage us to think like a tree, and discover the many important contributions trees make to our world throughout the year. Our program will culminate in a creative art workshop- where we will make decorations for our very own "Eco-Adventures" tree on the trails at Blue Heron!