Homeschool Science Classes


Homeschool science 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.

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Homeschool Science Classes at Massabesic Center in Auburn

Phenology Exploration: Winter/Spring Junior Explorers Program

Every Other Wednesday, 10-11:30
Leader: Kelly Dwyer

Classes are for ages 7-12.

When will the first spring peeper herald the end of winter? What day will the hummingbirds return to our feeders? Will the apple crop be bountiful?

If you wonder about the timing of these and other natural events, join us for our Phenology Unit! Phenology is the study of the cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life.

Cost: Members $12 per class, Non-members $15 per class (per child/parent pair)

Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. Students should have basic reading and writing skills. Join us as we explore natural history topics and the effects of seasonal weather trends on our various plants and animal systems.  Please dress to be outside.

Jan. 18 Phenology Focus: Biodiversity Connections

Students will discover the interconnectedness of NH’s biomes, habitats and ecosystems through the lens of phenology. We head outside for an assessment of MAC’s winter biodiversity!

Feb. 1 Weather or Not: Nature’s Adaptations

NH’s winter weather presents challenges and opportunities for native animals and natural systems. After conducting weather experiments, we head outside to analyze current conditions.

Feb 15. Food Chain: The Web of Life

All living things depend on food for energy to survive. Come explore the critical components of the winter ecology and how energy is supplied to the various consumers within the food web. How are weather conditions affecting these relationships?

March 8 Mammals: From Mice to Moose

Despite the frigid temperatures and snow cover, many of NH’s mammals are very active. We will examine adaptations which ensure species’ survival, reproductive success, and role in the greater ecosystem.

March 22  Firmly Rooted: NH’s Plant Life

Trees, shrubs and wildflowers play a critical role in NH’s environment. Today we will explore these connections, adaptations and climate challenges and how they impact the animal life on the MAC sanctuary.

April 5 Vernal Pools: Nature’s Nurseries

Snow melt and spring rains fill up these ephemeral pools, providing essential breeding habitat for many amphibian and insect species. Join us as we delve into the incredible world of vernal pools and collect data from these sites around Lake Massabesic!

April 19  Earth Day: Celebrate Our Home!

Let’s look at the roots of the Earth Day movement, including the impact of key legislation on NH’s environment and species. What are some easy ways we can have “Earth Day, Every Day”! Come celebrate with us!

May 3 Avian Adventures

Explore the fascinating world of returning migrants to the MAC sanctuary: Why are they back? What challenges are they facing? What can we do to help them survive?

May 17 Incredible Insects: Essential Roles

A myriad of insect species play a critical role in our ecosystem as pollinators, decomposers and source of food for many other species. Today we examine the adaptations and impact of our insect communities as we probe the various habitats around MAC.

June 7 BioBlitz!

Sweep the fields! Dip into the pond! Scan the skies with binoculars! Using our knowledge of natural systems living within the MAC sanctuary, we will conduct a comprehensive biodiversity inventory to establish a data baseline for future BioBlitz events.

Registration is required.  To register for Jr Explorers and Wee Wonders visit our online registration page.

Please contact the Center at (603) 668-2045 or Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm with questions.

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