Homeschool Student Class Series
Oakland Nature Preserve is proud to offer outdoor nature and science experiences to homeschool groups and individuals. Bring just your students or a whole group to the Preserve for a regularly schedule homeschool class, a field trip, or schedule a semester-length recurring education program.
Monthly Class ages 8-14 $7 members / $10 non-members / student
This exciting new once a month program gives homeschool students hands-on science experience to reinforce topics and skills being taught at home. Led by 2 environmental educators, the students will be introduced the topic of the day and then divided into groups for age appropriate activities. Families will receive a class itinerary with topic information, vocabulary, and topic extensions for home discussion. This program is drop-off only and 2 hours in length.
September 11, 2018 1-3 pm Animals Have Class!
In this exciting class students will use their taxonomy skills to classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.
October 9, 2018 1-3 pm Plant Exploration
In the classroom students will compare human structure and function with plants, how they are similar and how they are different and complete a plant dissection. We will then take a hike and stop at two stations to use our dichotomous key to identify plants.
November 13, 2018 1-3 pm Animal Adaptations
Did you know that an adaptation is a mutation, or genetic change, that helps an organism, such as a plant or animal, survive in its environment? Due to the helpful nature of the mutation, it is passed down from one generation to the next. Students will look closely into the world of the physical and behavioral adaptions that help animals survive.
January 8, 2019 1-3 pm We’re all Connected
While humans and many animals depend on their teeth for chewing, grinding and processing food, modern birds must use their beaks and digestive tracts. This lesson will enhance student’s understanding of the flow of energy and the interdependence of life by focusing on food chains and food webs.
February 12, 2019 1-3 pm Fire & Water
We begin this class discussing how fire can be seen as both beneficial and harmful, and we will discuss the benefits and problems associated with fire as well as the role that fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems. The second half of the class students will become water droplets transitioning through solid, liquid, and gas.
March 12, 2019 1-3 pm It’s a Rocky World
Rocks are produced in a variety of ways and have been cycled in some areas many times. Students will discuss how rocks are formed in the Earth’s crust, attempt to identify "mystery" rocks, and finish the class enjoying a rock cycle game with their peers.
April 9, 2019 1-3 pm Weathering and Erosion
Surface processes such as weathering and erosion transform mountains and other landforms. Rocks and minerals disintegrate into sediment, and it is transported to other areas, building new landforms. Students will be moving from station to station performing experiments to better understand these forces of nature.
May 14, 2019 1-3 pm Lake Apopka Restoration and Conservation
Did you know that in the late 1880s and early 1900s Lake Apopka was the 2nd largest lake in Florida and a popular spot for recreational fishing tournaments? In this final lesson of the year, students will be learning about local environmental issues and how they can be applied to other areas.