These field-based programs are designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the natural world through fun and hands-on experiences! Programs are led by a talented team of Ijams naturalists and volunteers, and offers programs for ages 3-9.

Ijams Homeschool Ed-Ventures

Nature Ed-Ventures is a basic course of eight hands-on workshops divided into two semesters, each with four sessions. Students will stay with their age group for the entire year. For example, if a child turns 6 in January, he/she will stay in the Preschool group until the next year. This helps keep enrollment consistent.


Ijams offers the following sessions:

  • Preschool - Wednesdays

  • Elementary - Wednesdays

  • Elementary - Thursdays

The 2019-2020 school year is closed. Please check back in the summer
 for information about the 2020-2021 school year. 

2019 Fall Semester

  • Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12

  • Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26

  • Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3

  • Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24

2020 Spring Semester

  • Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12

  • Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26

  • Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9

  • Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23

Preschool: Ages 3-5* (10-11 am)

Preschool students will spend the year exploring nature through hands-on sensory activities. Children well get to use their 5 senses as they become more connected with the world around them.

Cost: $60 per year


Fall (Insects and Other Invertebrates)

  • Butterflies and Life Cycles (four stages of butterfly metamorphosis)

  • Spiders and Other Creepy Crawlies (how spiders and other arthropods differ from insects)

  • Aquatic Invertebrates (which insects spend part of their life cycle underwater)

  • Worms, slugs, and snails (a look at the slimier critters that live in the soil and under logs)

Spring (Reptiles and Amphibians…and maybe some others)

  • Nature Detective Hike (looking for signs and and tracks of animals at Ijams)

  • Kids Take the Lead (participants will be the nature guides!)

  • Amphibians (the watery world of frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians)

  • Snakes (a look at the slithery and scaly citizens of Ijams)


*Age as of August 15, 2019


Elementary: Ages 6-9* (10-11:30 am)


Elementary students will spend their fall and spring exploring the world of creeping and crawling creatures. In the fall, students dive in to the tiny world of insects. With nets, bug boxes, and good old log flipping, they will discover just how important these animals are. In spring they will move up the food chain to become herpetologists, and will stalk frogs and catch lizards to understand their similarities and differences.


Cost: $80 per year

Fall Semester (All About Insects)

  • The Who, What, Where, and Why of Insects (what are insects)

  • Gotta Catch ‘Em All (how you catch insects)

  • It’s All in the Family (identification of major insect families)

  • Little Things Make the World Go ‘Round (insect environmental services)


Spring Semester (Reptiles and Amphibians)

  • What is Herpetology?

  • Webbed Feet and Warts (frogs, toads, and amphibians)

  • Scales and Tails (lizards, snakes, and reptiles)

  • The Great Herpetology Hunt! (a fun scavenger hunt to see how many we can find at Ijams)

*Age as of August 15, 2019

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

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