Home School Classes

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, and “homework”. At the end of the session each student will take home a certificate to show completion of the session.

Session 1: Creature Careers

Tuesdays, September 17th - October 22nd and Wednesdays, September 18th - October 23rd

11am - Noon

Ages 7 - 17


Themes (not necessarily in this order):

How To Train A Dragon (All About Animal Training)

If you have every wondered just how do you train a dolphin to jump through a hoop, a dog to sit, stay, lay down,  a crocodile to get into a crate, or a dragon (ok, a bearded dragon) to come when called, then this is the class for you!  Using a real live dragon (bearded), you will learn and see first hand how trainers use clickers, classical and operant conditioning, positive rewards, shaping and molding behaviors to get desired results.  You will discover why animals behave they way they do and why it is important to train them.  This class is so much fun you will jump on command and beg for more!

Hooray for Herpetologists

Do you love lizards?  Leap for joy about frogs?   Are you sentimental for snakes or sappy for salamanders?  If so, you might just be a budding herpetologist!  That’s just a big word basically saying that you like to study and learn about amphibians and reptiles.   That is totally cool because we do too.  During this class you will delve into the world of reptiles and amphibians with this hands-on herpetology adventure! Students will learn all about these scaly creatures, from a python's secret sense, to crocodilian eye shine, and even lizards that have been compared to... dogs? What?! But it's true--there is a lot more to these animals than meets the eye. You will learn about real-life herpetologists and see if YOU have what it takes to catch a gator, wrangle a 13-foot snake, or even test your own bite force against a croc!!

Animal Rescue 911

Maybe at some point you've found an abandoned baby bird...a opossum in your attic...or yikes a snake in the garage! What do you do...you call Rescue 911!!! When an animal is in distress it's up to experts to come to the rescue.  This class is all about Animal Rescue. Sometimes it's a box turtle but at times it can be a gigantic croc, or a half ton manatee. Each and every rescue requires different expertise. Participants in will learn all about why animals need rescuing- or even not! Meet and interact with some of Eco Adventures very own rescued animals, and learn about their amazing back stories. These amazing animal stories are living, breathing examples of many of the conservation issues in todays' world, from poaching to pollution, entanglement to irresponsible pet ownership, and much more! Students will get to participate in a “Mock Rescue” of a dolphin. It’s all hands-on as students learn how to make a difference with the power of knowledge...and Animal Rescue 911!

Ready, Set, Vet (All About Animal Husbandry/Vet Tech)

Have you ever wondered what it is like to take care of animals and to provide them with a level of care that meets all of their needs?  What are the specific needs of animals such as alligators, snakes, tarantulas, hedgehogs and more?  What does a vet tech for animals including exotic animals do exactly?  In this class you will learn about all of this and the specific needs of some of our very own animals at Eco Adventures.  Did you know that we need to trim very small nails on hedgehogs, scrub some slimy scales,  weigh our animals to ensure proper weight/health, feed nutritious diets,  bath for proper hygiene and to help with shedding reptiles ?  In this class we will meet some of our animals and learn about their specific needs and get hands on experience bathing one of our animals (it’s a secret , so you’ll have to come to find out who!)   We hope you are READY, and all SET, to VET in this exciting class!

Deep Blue Sea

Marine Bio 101!!!  The class that fills up faster than a shark sheds teeth!!  This wet and wild class allows students to dive deep into the ocean to explore the world of Marine Biology!  This class will be spent learning about the different worlds of marine biology, such as, creatures of the deep, marine mammals, boneless beasts (invertebrates), sharks, sharks, and more sharks.  Students will also learn what’s all the fuss about our very own Chesapeake Bay.   Students will get hands- on and up close with our many marine artifacts (identifying shark teeth, touching sea stars, coral, seahorses, horseshoe crabs and even a porcupine fish-sorry no touching this prickly fish- , mermaids purse, sea turtle carapaces, and much more.  Come make a big SPLASH in the world of the deep blue sea all while having fun learning about marine biology.

The Zoo and You (So you want to be a zookeeper?)

Ohhhh the number of times, we’ve heard someone say they want to be a zoo keeper someday is quite often. But do you know what it takes to be a zoo keeper?  Sure working with some pretty amazing animals is really awesome but those BIG , beautiful elephants, well… they have really BIG poo and guess who gets to clean it up?  That’s right YOU.  That is if you are a zookeeper.  Come to this class and learn all about what goes on behind scenes at the zoo.  From taking care animals in sickness and in health, cleaning out cages, feeding some interesting and many times smelly diets, training, providing enrichment activities, educating the public and much more.  By the end of this class, you can decide if being a zoo keeper is the right kind of job for you.

Homeschool Animal Apprenticeship

Ever wonder what it is like to be a zoo keeper? Led by one of our animal keepers, this in-depth experience is for the older students who are serious about learning animal husbandry and medical care of animals. Students will get to tour around the facility and learn specific information and needs of our animal collection. Students will get to not only encounter animals in our behind the scenes animal room, but assist with animal care, food prep, training and cleaning.

Call 410-987-1300 to book a date Monday - Fridays 9:30am - 12:30pm $60

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.