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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 and Vaccination 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. COVID vaccinations are also strongly encouraged for all participants 5 years and older. All instructors are vaccinated and boosted against COVID. CDC guidelines are reviewed weekly, and changes to the masking policy will be made and communicated accordingly.

Spring Session 2022: The Animal Kingdom 

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Every Wednesday from March 2 to April 27 with the week of March 16 off for Spring Break.


  • Ages 3-5 - Join us each week as we explore the vast wonders of the animal kingdom. Reptiles, birds, amphibians, insects, and more will be studied during this spring session. We will compare and contrast the various animal life at Ijams while learning the basics of animal identification. Come get hands-on with all of the cool creatures. (Parents for this group must accompany their child/ren the entire time.)

  • Ages 6-12 - The animal kingdom is huge and includes many crazy creatures that we might not be familiar with. This class goes beyond squirrels and blue jays to embrace the newts, water scorpions, and the many more wild creatures that call Ijams home. We will explore their various habitats, adaptations, and learn how and when to safely handle animals. (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.

  • The Spring semester is $160 per student for all age groups.




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 Jennie McGuigan with any questions about Homeschool Ed-Ventures at

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