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