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These field-based programs are designed to help students ages 3-12 gain a deeper understanding of the natural world through fun and hands-on experiences.

Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures

Nature Ed-Ventures inspire homeschool students to learn biology concepts by experiencing the real thing. Each age group is mentored by an Ijams education team member to foster a natural curiosity and wonder through authentic investigation, participation, and engagement with the natural world.  


Masking Policies

Masks are strongly encouraged to be worn by all participants while at Ijams Homeschool, but are not required. Instructors are encouraged to wear masks, and work to maintain space between students during the lesson time. CDC guidelines are reviewed weekly, and changes to the masking policy will be made and communicated accordingly.

Winter Session 2022: Dealing with Change 

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Every Wednesday from January 19 to February 9.


  • Ages 3-5 - Change is a part of life, and it can be accompanied by big emotions. This winter, we'll look to the natural world to see how animals and plants deal with change. Students will explore how plants and animals change their behavior, use tools, or just wait out the change of seasons. Together, we'll discover a variety of ways to deal with change. (Parents for this group must accompany their child/ren the entire time.)

  • Ages 6-12 - Change may seem random, but some changes, like the changing of seasons, can be planned for. Together, we'll learn how animals and plants prepare for change, and how we can get ready for change in our own lives. Students will observe native plants and animals, analyze environmental changes, and make plans for how to deal with changes in their own environments. (Parents for this group must stay on property in case of an emergency.)​

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General Information

  • All ages meet just outside the Ijams Visitor Center at Universal Pond at 10 am. Parents will pick up at 12 pm at the same location.​

  • Students will stay with their age group for the season. For example, if a child turns 6 in February, they will stay in the Ages 3-5 group until the next homeschool session starting in March 2022. This helps keep enrollment consistent.



Please CAREFULLY read the policies during the registration process. Signing up for Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures indicates your intent to comply with these policies and procedures.

  • Children must be in the age range of their registered group by the date of the first session.

  • Children will stay in the same group for an entire semester.

  • All children ages 3 or older who attend the program are required to be registered as paid participants. Siblings under the age of 3 may attend programs, but are required to remain with a parent/guardian at all times.

  • During sessions for ages 3-5, parents MUST remain with their child/ren.

  • During sessions for ages 6-9, parents may drop off children but MUST remain on Ijams Nature Center property in case of emergency.

Please contact Jeremy Clothier with any questions about Homeschool Ed-Ventures at or +1865-577-4717, ext. 127.

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