Home School & Parent and Me Classes

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Eco Adventures Home School 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.

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."

*Please help us spread the word and share with your home school groups. You can get $10 off for each referral for up to 5 new participants! (You must be an existing customer to receive the discount)

Home School Policies

  • 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: $20 sibling discount per session and 5% off military discount (must show ID)
  • Must have a minimum number of 5 students to run the class.

Themes for Fall Home school Classes (Not Necessarily in this Order):

Animal Senses

Tuesdays 10:30am-12pm or Thursdays 1-2:30pm

September 18th - October 25th

*May start a week later if minimum enrollment numbers are not met

Sight

Sight: Imagine swimming through the swamp or slithering through the jungle at night, with nothing but the light from the moon to guide your way. Nocturnal animals sleep through the day and play at night, so how in the world can they see?! We will be taking a closer look at how animals eyesight is different than ours, and what we have in common by meeting live animal including our new baby kinkajou and others!  We will also be doing a hands on lab to test out our own nocturnal vision!

Hearing

Hearing: Do all animals have ears just like people do? In this class we will be exploring the many different ways that animals interpret sounds. While crocodiles and lizards have ears  more similar to us, snakes lack actual ears to pick up sounds! If they don’t have ears, how do they hear? Students will be meeting real animals and doing their own experiments to test out the different ways that our animal friends are able to hear the world.

Taste
Taste: While humans have up to 10,000 taste buds on their tongues, many animals experience taste in a different way than we do. Catfish have 20,000 taste buds in their mouth and flies do not even taste with their mouth--they use their feet! Many reptiles that we have at Eco Adventures may have poorly developed taste buds, but some reptiles can use their tongue for something completely different called Chemosensing. In this class we will be investigating these unique ways of tasting, and even putting our own taste buds to the test!
Smell

Smell: Many animals rely more heavily on their sense of smell than we do. They might communicate with their smells, or even protect themselves with their smells like skunks do. We are going to put on our detective hats and investigate the olfactory world and test our sense of smell against our resident animals!

Touch
Touch: We use our sense of touch to feel and navigate the world around us, mostly using our hands, since our fingertips are one of the most sensitive parts of our bodies. Many animals, on the other hand use their whole bodies to feel what is going on around them. Some rely on this sense and some can even feel pressure, currents, and electric fields around them! Students will meet some of these animals with extraordinary senses, and test out just how well they can get around relying on just their sense of touch.
Sixth Sense
Sixth Sense: Humans only have five senses, but did you know that many animals have more than that! From chemosensing, the ability to sense changes in weather, sensing shadows and light, and even the ability to sense what direction is home, where to lay their eggs,  or even navigating via the stars?. In this class we will take a look at the strangest, craziest, out of this world animal senses, and see how they compare to ours!

Home School Field Trips

"Call of the Wild"
September 13th, 1 - 2:30 PM
Ages 5-15, $20/student

Put on your hiking shoes and grab your bug nets and binoculars! We are going to go on an adventure to find out where animals sleep, eat, hide & play. Explorers will have to get down and dirty to answer these questions in a nature scavenger hunt.

Field trip meets at Kinder Farm Park. Make a left onto Gall Sanchez Way before the gate. Meet in the first field parking lot by the concession stands.

"Endangered Species"
September 19th, 1-3pm
Ages 5-15, $25/student

Learn about North American endangered species at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Then go on a hike through the trails and explore the outdoors.

Field trip meets at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge South Tract Visitor Center

"Fossil Beach Adventure"
September 26th, 9am-4:30pm
Ages 7+, $90/student

Get your bones moving and prepare to go fossil hunting! Join our team of fossil hunting enthusiasts as we board our ECO ADVENTURES snake van and head to renowned fossil hot spot Matoaka Beach in St. Leonards. While there we will put our skills to the test, and with a little luck - dig, unearth, excavate and uncover shark, crocodile, whale, skate, and ray fossils from the ancient world of the Chesapeake Bay. Best part is you get to keep what you find. Participants will learn about and participate in net seining activities where they will capture and examine marine life such as fish, eels, shrimp and crabs. Fossil hunting is hard work and sure to build up an appetite so we have that covered with a BBQ lunch which includes hot dogs, chips and a drink. Space is limited to 12 in our van so sign up now! Minimum of 5 kids for program to run.

Parent & Me Classes

Fall Session: Tuesday Mornings 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Starting October 30th  with a very special Halloween Parent & Me event! Other meeting dates include: November 13th, 20th & 27th *Will not meet on November 6th (election day), but join us for a Jungle Express (10:30am - 11:30am, $10/person)

$60 for a 4 week session, or $17 per class to drop-in    
 

Parent & Me classes are for children recommended ages 3 – 5 years old and their moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers, etc. This class meets for 45 minutes, once a week for 4 weeks on Tuesdays. Sign up online to reserve your spot.

* Must have a minimum of 5 parent and me teams for the class to run

Classes are cancelled if there is a 2 hr delay for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. In the event of a snow day or sick day, make – ups are available or may receive a pass for an Open Play. You may miss up to 1 class and receive a voucher for an Open Playtime/or Jungle Express.

Drop in class option available: $17/class – MUST GIVE 24 HOUR NOTICE

Referral Program – Sign up a new friend and get $10 off your session! In order for you to receive the $10 off, you must have attended a full 6 week session (trial class or one time classes do not count).

Themes for Fall Classes (Not Necessarily in this Order)

Good Night, Sleep Tight

… don’t let the critters bite! It’s night time at Eco Adventures . All the animals are tucked in and sleeping. Well, not really. You see when you are all snug in your beds sleeping, many animals (including some of ours) come out to play at night. They are called “nocturnal” and many furry animals. Don’t worry, we’ll wake them up to meet you although they may be a bit grumpy at first. We’ll also make a cool craft to take home. Grab your jammies and a pillow. We doubt you’ll get any zzzzzz’s but we guarantee you’ll have FUN.

All Aboard the Animal Train
Sounds like a simple game of hide and go seek, but trust us, finding a hiding animal is not so easy. This is because many animals have to ability to CAMOFLOUGE making finding them very hard to do. But that won’t stop us. We will search high and low and see what we can find. Come join us as we play hide and go seek with the animals. READY OR NOT, HERE WE COME!
Jungle Jammin'
Jump up and down with the cool creatures of the Jungle in this fun filled class. Learn about the animals and resources that thrive in the jungle. We'll shake, rattle and roll with native instruments and make some jungle music makers to take home. Get WILD with us and then take a bit of the JUNGLE JAM home to share with your family!
Fossil/Dino Dig *Weather dependent
Calling all paleontologists.. it's time to DIG deep and unearth ancient fossils! We've heard that giant dinosaurs once roamed the woods right outside EcoAdventures. There's only one way to be sure!! We'll get to the bottom of this, with a real life fossil dig. Stegasaurus, Pterydactyl, T-Rex.. OH MY...let's get dirty and give it a TRY!
Babies in Bloom
What could be cuter than a baby animal? Meet our new baby Kinkajou! We'll get up close and meet with this sweet baby and other baby animals. How are baby animals different from their parents? What do they need to survive? Are they like human babies? Let these cute baby critters amaze you. You'll be singing a lullaby to the babies in bloom!
Myths, Fables and Fairy Tails
Let’s step into stories of long ago and learn about the animals that are so popular in legends, myths and fairy “tails”. Why are animals so popular in stories throughout time? Learn about the legends and myths of mermaids, the kraken, Medusa with a head full of snakes and more. “Once Upon Time” is about to come to life at Eco Adventures. feed our hungry animals. Come join the feeding frenzy as we give thanks to our animals by feeding them their favorite treats. Watch them chomp and gulp, and stick out some incredibly LONG tongues, and slurp up some unusual food. Then we will celebrate our own Thanksgiving with a mini feast (and it's ok if you chomp, slurp and gulp like the animals for this feast!).

Natalie M.

Jan 2017 We attended our first class today! And the kids loved it!! There was so much for them to do. Everything kept them entertained from yoga to story time to meeting animals to crafts. The open play was awesome too! Great way to get out some energy on a chilly day in the winter.

2015- Hi Eco Adventures!!

I wanted to share a story and some pictures with you as testimony of what a wonderful organization you have.

My daughter Allison (she's 3 years old) has loved attending your Mommy and Me classes and Open Discovery times. She has learned so much!! One of the most important things she's learned is the idea that nature is available to be explored, that it's a wonderful thing to be curious about and to get up close and personal with it to learn more…

Since your philosophy seems to be all about encouraging children in appreciation for nature and the fascinating world it is and nurturing the idea of exploration, I thought you'd want to know your message has definitely come across loud and clear for Allison. And I also wanted to let you know I appreciate so much the wonderful things you've taught her and the fact you do care about her curiosity and teaching her what to do when she wonders about something – explore it! That sets up a lifetime love of learning!!

The idea of capturing a child's imagination with a story and then translating that wonder into appreciation for the real animal in nature and all of the wonderful things there are to learn about that animal, its habitat and the world around us is pure brilliance.

Keep up the great work!!! We can't wait to learn more!!

Sincerely,
Emily

P.S. Allison has taught rain forest yoga to all of her stuffed animals and has yoga sessions with them routinely. Most notably, she instructs her stuffed animals to roar like a lion and wake up the rain forest as Ms. Melissa and Ms. Anne have instructed her in the Mommy and Me class. This makes me smile each time I hear a giant roar from across the house!”