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Robinson Nature Center

Home School Programs

 

NEW! Days Out at the Nature Center Programs

 

NEW! Take Nature Home Programs/Kits

 

Nature at Home

 

Field Trips

 

Robinson on the Road

 

Trainings & Teacher Resources

 

Master Naturalist Certification

 

Scout Programs

 

 

 

Home School Programs

 Home School Program

**Download the flyer for 2020-2021. Registration for school year 2020-2021 classes is open. **  To register, click on the links below or call 410-313-0400.

Pre-Home School Classes Fall & Winter 2020, Spring 2021

4-5 yrs / $36 per child (includes 3 classes)
Give your young home schoolers a chance to discover nature and science topics at an age-appropriate pace. Activities are designed to introduce concepts and to increase comfort with and foster excitement about the natural world. Classes are held once a month. We offer a session on the first Thursday and first Friday of the month. Classes are held between 2:30 and 4pm. Due to COVID changes, parents may not attend class with their children. Siblings younger than 4 years old and parents are welcome to use our Parent Lounge space for Home School parents and siblings. Click here to choose a session and register.
Fall Topics: Maps & Directions; Farming Fun; Winter Preparations

1st Thursday Fall 2020 class dates: Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, 2020

1st Friday Fall 2020 class dates: Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, 2020

Winter Topics: Our Night Sky; Solar System; Mud, Rocks & More

1st Thursday Winter 2020 class dates: Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, 2020

1st Friday Winter 2020 class dates: Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, 2020

Spring Topics: Mammals; Creepy, Crawly Critters; Taking Care of the Earth

1st Thursday Spring 2021 class dates: Mar 4, Apr 8, May 6, 2021

1st Friday Spring 2021 class dates: Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7, 2021

Home School Classes Fall & Winter 2020, Spring 2021

6-8 yrs / $36 per child (includes 3 classes)
Give your 6 to 8-year-old home school students hands-on, immersive experiences in nature and science. Activities focus on increasing content knowledge and fostering excitement about the natural world. Classes are held once a month. We offer a session on the first Thursday and first Friday of the month. Classes are held between 2:30 and 4pm. Due to COVID changes, parents may not attend class with their children. Siblings younger than 4 years old and parents are welcome to use our Parent Lounge space for Home School parents and siblings.  Click here to choose a session and register.
Fall Topics: Navigation; Native Americans; Milling Era

1st Thursday Fall 2020 class dates: Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, 2020

1st Friday Fall 2020 class dates: Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, 2020

Winter Topics: Solar System; Comets & Meteors; Geology

1st Thursday Winter 2020 class dates: Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, 2020

1st Friday Winter 2020 class dates: Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, 2020

Spring Topics: Vertebrates; Invertebrates; Living Green

1st Thursday Spring 2021 class dates: Mar 4, Apr 8, May 6, 2021

1st Friday Spring 2021 class dates: Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7, 2021

Home School In-Depth Study Fall & Winter 2020, Spring 2021

9-12 yrs / $36 per child (includes 3 classes)  
9 to 12-year-old home school students use each season for in-depth exploration of nature and science topics. Monthly lessons build on one another and allow for investigations over time. Classes are held once a month. We offer a session on the first Thursday and first Friday of the month. Classes are held between 2:30 and 4 PM. Due to COVID changes, parents may not attend class with their children. Siblings younger than 4 years old and parents are welcome to use our Parent Lounge space for Home School parents and siblings.  Click here to choose a session and register.

Fall classes investigate earth science through geography, plate tectonics, and rocks and minerals.

1st Thursday Fall 2020 class dates: Sep 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, 2020

1st Friday Fall 2020 class dates: Sep 4, Oct 2, Nov 6, 2020

Winter classes explore space including gravity, deep space objects, and the search for alien life.

1st Thursday Winter 2020 class dates: Dec 4, Jan 7, Feb 5, 2020

1st Friday Winter 2020 class dates: Dec 5, Jan 8, Feb 6, 2020

Spring classes focus on STEM while looking at sustainability in pollution control and energy-efficient design.

1st Thursday Spring 2021 class dates: Mar 4, Apr 8, May 6, 2020

1st Friday Spring 2021 class dates: Mar 5, Apr 9, May 7, 2020

Participant Forms and Code of Conduct

To attend the home school program, each child 4 years and older must register and bring in a Participant Information Form that will be emailed prior to the start of each season. Siblings under the age of 4 are welcome in the Parent Lounge, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All participants must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct during the program and at all times in the facility and on the grounds of the Robinson Nature Center. Repeated infractions of the Code of Conduct, or severe infractions that jeopardize the safety of other participants and patrons, may result in dismissal from the program.

 

 

 

NEW! Days Out at the Nature Center programs

In response to HCPSS schools continuing in a virtual format through January 28th, 2021, Robinson Nature Center is offering two new weekly opportunities for children to spend time outdoors, enjoy nature-based activities, de-stress and interact with other kids in a setting following COVID Safety Guidelines. Read more about each program below and call 410-313-0400 to register or with questions.

NEW! Kid's Wednesdays Out at the Nature Center

Each Wednesday, join us to explore the wonders of nature, play outdoors with friends and have a day away from home. With many schools going virtual this fall, this program provides a weekly chance for kids to spend time with other kids while enjoying nature walks, river time (during warmer months) , games, meeting animal ambassadors and more. We provide "quiet time" for kids to work on virtual school assignments or de-stress with nature art or journaling activities. These programs will run in accordance with Howard County's COVID Safety procedures. Enrolled children will be divided into groups of no more than 13 participants and 2 staff. Face masks are required. No online enrollment, please call 410-313-0400 to sign up for the number of days you would like your child to attend each month and to reserve the dates of attendance.

6-12 yrs        Robinson Nature Ctr            Days: choose from 1-4 each month,        $60/day

RP4812.110     September     9am – 3pm       W     Dates: Sept 9, 16, 23, 30

RP4812.111    October           9am – 3pm       W     Dates: Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

RP4812.112    November       9am – 3pm       W     Dates: Nov 4, 11, 18, 25

RP4812.113    December       9am – 3pm       W     Dates: Dec 2, 9, 16, 23

RP4812.114    January            9am – 3pm       W     Dates: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27

NEW! Lil’ Pinecones Fall Outdoor Explorers

In this unique, weekly drop-off program, your preschool-aged child will use nature as a platform for discovery, emergent learning and development! Kelly Vogelpohl, Robinson’s Environmental Education Coordinator and a certified nature-based preschool teacher, leads participants in the Thursday morning program with the majority of activities taking place outdoors as weather permits. The program is designed to help children reach early childhood learning domains through a combination of structured, nature-based outdoor activities and play. Registration occurs seasonally, allowing children to cultivate strong relationships with their teachers and peers. The program includes 10 classes starting Oct 1, an orientation and a family campfire program (no class Nov 26). Enrollment is limited to 10 children. This program will run in accordance with Howard County’s COVID Safety procedures. Face masks are required.

4-5 yrs        Robinson Nature Center       9am – noon       Classes: 10 (+ orientation and family campfire)     $375

RP4812.150                Thursdays             Dates: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, 10       

NEW! Friday Morning Nature Explorers

Come let your preschooler delight in a half-day nature adventure at Robinson. Let us introduce your 4 or 5 year old to the natural world through outdoor learning, exploration, and play. This drop-off program will be held mostly outdoors as weather permits with additional activities (crafts, puppet shows) held indoors. This program follows Howard County’s COVID Safety procedures for physical distancing and facial mask use. Info/registration: 410-313-0400. Class starts Oct, 2nd. No class Nov 27th.  

4-5 yrs    __    Robinson Nature Center   __    9am – noon  ___     Classes: 10  ___________   $350

RP4812.181                Fridays            Dates: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11

     

 

 

NEW! Take Nature Home Program/Kits

Let Robinson staff bring nature into your home this fall! The “Take Nature Home” program provides monthly curated kits that include pre-planned activities along with pre-recorded instructional videos that correspond to kit activities. Videos can be accessed by parents and kids at your convenience. Materials are yours to keep and enjoy again and again! Kids can experiment, make crafts and get outdoors with this hands-on approach to learning from the comfort of home. Kits are designed for each age group. New themes are offered each month this fall, so keep your eyes out for the next kit!

Take Nature Home – September programs: Sign up by Sept 4th for kit pick up on Sept 19th. Please call 410-313-0400 to arrange an alternate pick-up date or arrange for shipping for an additional fee. Sign up dates may have passed, but there are a limited number of kits still available.  Please email Meagan Downey at mdowney@howardcountymd.gov if you are interested in one of these remaining kits.

Let’s Learn about Maps (4-5 yrs)

In “Let’s Learn About Maps” we will explore all about maps with curated materials in your Take Nature Home kit. Enjoy story time, learning how to read a map, making an interactive map of Maryland, and getting outside to find things in your own neighborhood that help with learning directions! Activities are designed to be child-led with adult supervision. $20 per kit.

Navigation 101 (6-8 yrs)

Discover tools to help you from getting lost in this course on navigation! In “Navigation 101” we will learn about reading maps and how to navigate one. With a provided compass, you’ll practice your orienteering skills, get outside to create a map of your neighborhood, and create your own sun dial to tell time without technology! $20 per kit.

Changing Landforms, Hands-on Topography (9-12 yrs)

During this lesson on geography we will explore the topography of the land and how erosion can change our landscape. After seeing the augmented reality sandbox, kids will try creating different landforms on their own with kinetic sand and see what happens when different weather systems come through. $20 per kit.

 

Take Nature Home – October programs: Sign up by Oct 4th for kit pick up on Oct 17th. Please call 410-313-0400 to arrange an alternate pick-up date or arrange for shipping for an additional fee.

Farming Fun (4-5 yrs)

In "Farming Fun" 4-5 year olds will explore farming with a puppet show, song and animal encounter video! Kits include your own surprise seed to plant and care for, a farming sensory bin and a finger-painting craft. Activities are designed to be child-led with adult supervision. $20 per kit.

Native Americans (6-8 yrs)

In "Native Americans" 6-8 year olds will learn about Native American life in Maryland prior to the 18th century. Explore different aspects of native american life at that time such as shelters, foraging, hunting, tools and agriculture through a video lesson. Kits include creating your own field guide of plants, making traditional clay pottery and learning a traditional game that would have been played by native american children. $20 per kit.

Plate Tectonics (9-12 yrs)

In "Plate Tectonics" 9-12 year olds will explore the layers of Earth, the movement of tectonic plates, volcanoes and earthquakes through a video lesson. Kits include everything needed to model plate boundaries, build and set off a volcano and design and test a structure to see if it can withstand an earthquake. $20 per kit.

 

Take Nature Home – November programs: Sign up by Nov 1st for kit pick up on Nov 14th. Please call 410-313-0400 to arrange an alternate pick-up date or arrange for shipping for an additional fee.

Winter Preparations (4-5 yrs)

In "Winter Preparations" 4-5 year olds will learn about how animals are preparing for the cold months of winter with a puppet show, and by meeting some of Robinson's animal ambassadors via video! Kits include an experiment with blubber, building your own animal den and a game to find food hidden "underground". Activities are designed to be child-led with adult supervision. $20 per kit.

Milling Era (6-8 yrs)

In "Milling Era" 6-8 year olds learn about what happened during the 18th and 19th and even early 20th centuries related to Maryland milling by examining the history of the Simpsonville Mill on Robinson Nature Center's property and how the Middle Patuxent River was used to power the mill via video! Kits include exploring mill engineering through creatin