Home School

New Hampshire Audubon Programs

Homeschool classes and workshops are designed to provide unique learning opportunities for school-aged children to study the natural world using NH Audubon Centers and wildlife sanctuaries as their classroom.

Homeschool groups may also consider assembling a group of children and parents and scheduling a youth group program or field trip.

Homeschool Classes at Massabesic Center in Auburn

Junior Explorers

Wednesdays, 10-11:30
Cost:  $9 M / $12 NM (per adult/child pair)
Leaders: Angie Krysiak
We’ll explore the natural world with live animals, nature walks, and hands-on activities that follow a different natural theme each day. Be prepared to be outside! Classes are for ages 7-12. Parents may stay and participate.


We use our five senses to perceive the world around us. Come and see, hear, feel, smell and touch our way through the natural world this spring.

March 12, Whiskers and Hands

Today we will focus on feeling our way through the world, as we learn about our own sense of touch and the different ways animals use their sense of touch.

March 26, Sweet Taste of Spring

Let’s explore our sense of taste as we learn about the maple sugaring process. We’ll find out who first discovered this sugary treat, and have a taste for ourselves.

April 9, Sounds and Smells of Spring

Let’s go out for an early spring hike and see if we can recognize some of the sounds and smells of spring today.  We’ll talk about how different animals rely on hearing and smell to survive.


All the animals are raising their young, so that they can grow big and strong before the next hard winter arrives. Join us this late spring session to learn about a few of the babies of spring!

May 14, Eggs Left Behind

Today we will look at different egg-laying animals and learn about their babies’ lives. We’ll even meet some of our egg-laying classroom animals!

May 28, Water Babies

Ponds make great nurseries for many kinds of young and larval animals. Using nets and trays to scoop and catch, we’ll discover which animal babies call the pond and the vernal pool home.

June 11, Metamorphosing Monarchs

Come and learn about the amazing life cycle of the monarch;  we’ll explore the fields, search for their favorite food, and keep an eye out for caterpillars and eggs.

Schedule your program today!

Call Jane Hanson at (603) 668-2045 x 201 or send an email to mac@nhaudubon.org

Home school Classes at McLane Center in Concord

These programs take place at the McLane Center in Concord or at one of the many New Hampshire Audubon sanctuaries. Classes are geared towards home school groups and can be modified to meet the needs of a variety of students including multi-aged groups. Participants will be provided with take home materials that allow them to extend the learning experience beyond their visit. It is the responsibility of the parent/organizer to form the group and collect payment. Please call 603-224-9909, ext. 342 for details.
Leader: Kevin Wall
Cost: $150 minimum, for 15 students; $10 for each additional student, class size limited to 25
Duration: 1.5 hours

Beavers: Engineers of the Wilderness

Available: September, October and November

Beavers are well known engineers of North American Forest. This class begins with a look at the role beavers played in the creation of our country and what that meant to their population. Learn what it means to be a keystone species and about the amazing adaptations beavers have made to coexist with humans and other animals on Earth. This program will take place at a New Hampshire Audubon sanctuary to be determined closer to the date. Site will be chosen based upon current beaver activity.

Raptor Migration

Available: September and October

We work on developing our understanding of the forces surrounding the migration of raptors that inhabit our state. This class takes place at NHA’s Carter Hill Orchard hawk watch site in Concord. Students learn the basics of raptor identification indoors and then join hawk watch volunteers outdoors to practice their newly learned skills. Discover the wonders of the fall migration and learn about the importance of conservation efforts to document who flies overhead. Also included is a visit with a live raptor.

Geology 101

Available: September, October, and November

Geology is more than just a bunch of rocks. Learn how it influences habitats in our state. This class focuses on the various rocks, minerals, and landforms and how they combine to create the landscapes and habitats needed for our plants and animals. We begin with a discussion of the rock cycle and end with a short walk to see evidence of geologic processes here at the McLane Center.

Animals in Winter

Available: September, October, and November

Fall is here which means winter is right around the corner. Wildlife are busy preparing for the cold months ahead. They have many strategies to help them survive this yearly event. What works for some animals might not work for others. We discuss each of these strategies with the help of our resident turtles, snakes, and birds.

Schedule your program today!

Call Sarah Wall at (603) 224-9909 ext. 333 or send an email to swall@nhaudubon.org