Homeschool Explorers Class

Nature Class:        Homeschool Explorers 2009 / 2010


Instructor:             Bartlett Nature Center Instructors


Location:               Bartlett Nature Center

James “Pate” Philip State Park

2054 W. Stearns Rd

Bartlett, IL 60103


Registration:         Class is two semesters. You will be registering for both

                                semesters. Payment may be split into two payments

                                (see “cost” below) or paid in full by 8/12/09.


Cost:                       $22.50 Fall Semester (5 Sessions)

                                $3.00 supply fee

                                $25.50 total Fall Semester (Due by 8/12/09)


                                $18.00 Winter Semester (4 Sessions)

                                $6.50 supply fee

                                $24.50 total for Winter Semester (Due by 1/13/09)


                                $50.00 total for Fall/Winter Semesters


A parent or representative must be present at the Nature Center during the class session.  Parents are encouraged to participate.  There is a seating area in the museum as well. Younger siblings may join you at the Nature Center as long as there is no disruption to the class.


Fall Semester payment in full is due by 8/12/09 to reserve your spot in the class.


Payment by cash or a check made out to Bartlett Nature Center.


Send Payment to:                 Check Made out to: Bartlett Nature Center

c/o Julie Schnepper

                                                406 Freeman Ave

                                                Streamwood, IL 60107


Questions/Contact:             Julie Schnepper

                                                Bartlett Nature Center Instructor

                                                Northern Illinois Homeschool Monthly



Include: Your name, address, phone, email, name of child/children and age(s).


Time:  1:30 – 3:00 pm (Classes will start promptly at 1:30)


Ages:  5 to 10 (Must be 5 no later than January 1, 2009.) The classes are taught at the 5-8 year old level.


Inclement Weather: If an outdoor class is scheduled and the weather is inclement the class will be rescheduled. Refunds will not be given because of inclement weather.


Class Minimum/Maximum:  15 students/20 students


Class Dates:

Fall Semester:


Wednesday, September 9: Fall Nature Hike

                45 minute hike; 30 minutes picnic shelter (bring snacks);

15 minute hike back to nature center.



Wednesday, October 14: Colors of Fall

(O’Brien Woods –  located behind the Bartlett Public


                Hike into teaching circle and view the beautiful Fall

                colors; each child needs to bring a plain white t-shirt for

                leaf printing; Smores 30 minutes (there will be an online

                sign up for Smores supplies


Wednesday, November 11: Reptiles vs. Amphibians

                                What are the differences? Animal show of Nature Center’s

                                reptiles and amphibians.


                Wednesday, December 9: Living Green

                                Students will be learning about composting, recycling,

                                energy efficiency. Students will work on a

                                Poster (please bring 1 sheet of poster board per student) to

                                help them remember to put into practice what they have



                Wednesday, January 13: Winter Hike

30 minute hike (dress accordingly); 30 minute hot

chocolate and cookies (there will be an online sign up for

supplies) and 30 minute look at snowflakes.


                Winter Semester:


                Wednesday, February 10: What is a Plant?

                                Students will dissect a flower to identify the different

                                parts; they will complete an identification chart and learn

                                about plants native to Illinois.


                Wednesday, March 10:  Flying Wild

Introduction to the study of birds and their habitats.


                Wednesday, April 14: Weather

                                Learn about the water cycle, clouds, wind and more.

                                Students will assemble a kite.


                Wednesday, May 12: Spring Hike

                45 minute hike; 30 minutes picnic shelter (bring

                snacks); 15 minute hike back to nature center.




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