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 kids with one educator

  • 3 hours: $180.00 FOR up to 10 kids WITH one educator

  • 3+ hours: Please contact us at educationprograms@bhnp.org.

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 us at educationprograms@bhnp.org


Forest Kindergarten

Nature play and wild experiences for your little ones

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A child-led, exploratory program For 3 to 6 year olds.

Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy the full experience with their child.

If you would like a drop-off program, please email us for inquiries.

We maintain a 1 instructor for every 4 children ratio for this age group.

Email educationprograms@bhnp.org
for scheduling, questions, and details.


At Home Outdoors: Eco-Adventures for Homeschoolers Series

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. 

Dates & Details

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Friday, January 11th; 10 am - 12 pm

“Amazing Amphibians” with the Amphibian Foundation

Join the Amphibian Foundation for our first session of the new year!

What is an amphibian? Let's explore what makes a frog a toad, and figure out what that slimy lizard-looking thing is. How do they live? What do they eat? We will dive into the world of the amphibian to figure out how these amazing creatures do some of the most amazing things.

 
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Friday, February 8th; 10 am - 12 pm 

“Loving the Lichens” with the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. 

Have you ever stopped to look at lichens? We can learn so much from those beautiful green, white and grey patches on rocks and trees!

We will enjoy a hike to find them throughout the Preserve, use our microscopes, do some nature journaling and find out what we can learn about the environment from them.

 
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Friday, March 8th; 10 am - 12 pm

“The Best Nest” with the Atlanta Audubon Society

When most people think of nests, they imagine bowl-shaped structures made of leaves and twigs sitting in the crook of a tree, but birds build a wide variety of amazing nests in order to have a warm, protected place to raise their young.

Nests can be found in a variety of places from the tops of trees to directly on the ground; some birds even create floating nests! In this Eco-adventure we'll investigate different nesting strategies of birds and other animals, then head out into the Preserve to see what nests we can spot and gather materials to create our very own nests. 

 
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Friday, April 12th; 10 am - 12 pm

“Reptile Invasion” with the Amphibian Foundation

Did you know that a turtle is a reptile? Did you know that a turtle isn't always a tortoise? Let's look into the world of reptiles.

Lizards, geckos, turtles, tortoises and snakes are all reptiles. We will figure out what makes all these animals similar and what makes them different AND we will figure out which is your favorite reptile!

 
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Friday, May 10th; 10 am - 12 pm

“Exploring the Watershed” by Blue Heron Nature Preserve

What can we find in the creek and wetlands of Blue Heron? Come for a Bio Blitz, a scientific scavenger hunt to find as many living things as possible, and discover how diverse the waterways are!


Pricing

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  • $15 per child, per session

    • $65 per child for full Semester

    • 5 sessions, January-may

  • 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.