Robinson Nature Center Home School Participant Materials

Materials on this page are updated throughout the school year to include:

  • Meet your Teachers (document with teacher bios and photos)
  • Certificates of completion
  • Participant information forms & letters for each season
  • Add homeschool classes and workshops to your personal calendar using the Homeschool Class and Workshop Google Calendar.

Please check back each month for materials you would like to access.

To see 2019-2020 home school class offerings, click here

Home School Calendar 2019-2020

 

Forms & Policies

  • Each participant enrolled in the home school program must read and agree to abide by the Code of Conduct.
  • Each season, a Participant Information Form must be filled out for each child participating in homeschool classes. The form should be brought to the first class of the season.

What to expect:

  • Meet Your Teachers! Click here to read about your child's teachers this year.
  • Sign-In/Sign-Out - Please know that you, or the parent/guardian responsible for your child, must walk the child to class each month and sign the child into class. At pick up you, or the parent/guardian responsible for your child, must sign your child out of class before leaving with the child. 
  • Younger siblings - Younger siblings are welcome to join an older sibling's class, but the parent/guardian responsible for the sibling must monitor them at all times and remove them if they become disruptive. Siblings are welcome to observe activities, but - out of fairness to enrolled participants - are not permitted to participate.
  • Options for parents - While your child is in class, you’re welcome to sit in on the class, leave the Nature Center and return for pick-up at 4 PM, or relax, socialize and network with other parents in our “Parent Lounge”. The Parent Lounge is located in the south end of the Auditorium. The lounge opens directly into the room for the 4-5 year old class. The lounge contains tables, chairs, small games or blocks for younger siblings, books and literature pertaining to the class topic, and information about upcoming programs.  Please assist your child in cleaning up toys before leaving. 
  • Photography - From time to time, you may notice a photographer in the home school class or workshop. When enrolling in the program, all participants must agree to the Howard County Recreation & Parks waiver that allows Recreation & Parks to photograph its programs and use those photos for marketing purposes. However, if you are a parent that is uncomfortable with the idea of your child's image being used in a printed brochure about the program or in any other marketing material about the program, please simply notify a staff member of your child/children's name, so that we may remove your child from any photos that might be used for marketing.  
  • Special Accommodations - If your child requires any special accommodations or has any severe allergies/health issues we need to be aware of, please call the Nature Center at 410-313-0400 and request to speak to your child's teacher so that they can discuss how we can best accommodate your child's needs. For Howard County residents, the Howard County Recreation & Parks Department has recently updated its inclusion process for residents requesting special accommodations. Please visit the following link to provide information about your child’s needs/complete your accommodation request. https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Therapeutic-Rec
Fall 2019 Info & Certificates

Pre Home School Class (4-5 yr olds)

Thursday Class Fall Season information and forms - Sep 5, Oct 3 & Nov 7
Friday Class Fall Season information and forms - Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 8

Certificate of Completion - Habitats (September)
Certificate of Completion - Seasons (October)
Certificate of Completion - First Impressions (November)

Home School Class (6-8 yr olds)

Thursday Class Fall Season information and forms - Sep 5, Oct 3 & Nov 7
Friday Class Fall Season information and forms - Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 8

Certificate of Completion - River Ecology (September)
Certificate of Completion - Meadow Ecology (October)
Certificate of Completion - Forest Ecology (November)

Home School In-Depth Study (9-12 yr olds)

Thursday Class Fall Season information and forms - Sep 5, Oct 3 & Nov 7
Friday Class Fall Season information and forms - Sep 6, Oct 4 & Nov 8

Certificate of Completion - Ecology In-Depth Investigation 

Winter 2019-20 Info & Certificates

Pre Home School Class (4-5 yr olds)

Thursday Class Winter Season information and forms - Dec 5, 2019 and Jan 2 & Feb 6, 2020
Friday Class Winter Season information and forms - Dec 6, 2019 and Jan 3 & Feb 7, 2020

Certificate of Completion - Dinosaurs (January)
Certificate of Completion - Nature at Night (February)
Certificate of Completion - Animal Signs (March)

Home School Class (6-8 yr olds)

Thursday Class Winter Season information and forms - Dec 5, 2019 and Jan 2 & Feb 6, 2020
Friday Class Winter Season information and forms - Dec 6, 2019 and Jan 3 & Feb 7, 2020

Certificate of Completion - Fossils & Dinosaurs (January)
Certificate of Completion - Stars & Constellations (February)
Certificate of Completion - Tracking Animals (March)

Home School In-Depth Study (9-12 yr olds)

Thursday Class Winter Season information and forms - Dec 5, 2019 and Jan 2 & Feb 6, 2020
Friday Class Winter Season information and forms - Dec 6, 2019 and Jan 3 & Feb 7, 2020

Certificate of Completion - Zoology and Animal Adaptations

 

Spring 2020 Info & Certificates

Pre Home School Class (4-5 yr olds)

Thursday Class Spring Season information and forms - Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7
Friday Class Winter Season information and forms - Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8

Certificate of Completion - Birds (March)
Certificate of Completion - Snakes & Turtles (April)
Certificate of Completion - Bugs & Butterflies (May)

Home School Class (6-8 yr olds)

 

Thursday Class Spring Season information and forms - Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7
Friday Class Winter Season information and forms - Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8

Certificate of Completion - Ornithology/Birds (March)
Certificate of Completion - Herpetology/Snakes & Turtles (April)
Certificate of Completion - Entomology/Insects (May)

 

Home School In-Depth Study (9-12 yr olds)

Thursday Class Spring Season information and forms - Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7
Friday Class Winter Season information and forms - Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8

Certificate of Completion - Scientific Study & Patterns