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

Junior Explorers

Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am (see dates below)

Cost:  $12 M / $15 NM (per child/parent pair)

Leader: Paula Chouinard, Massabesic Center Naturalist.

Classes are for ages 7-12.  Parents are encouraged to stay and participate. Please dress to be outside!

Pre-registration required for all classes.  Call us at 668-2045 or register online.

Life Begins in Three Ways: This season, explore the beginnings of life from winter through the summer. Look for seeds, eggs, and offspring of NH’s plants and wildlife as each emerges in their own proper time.

1/7 Tracks, Scat, and All of That! Set out on snowshoes (weather permitting) to discover “stories in the snow.” We’ll look for tracks, scat and other signs like food middens, chewed twigs, and fur/feathers left behind.

1/31 Songs in the Sky, Signs in the Snow Learn to identify common winter birds by their songs, as well as learn what their winter plumage and distinct footprint patterns in the snow look like. Leave only your own tracks: either boots or snowshoes.

2/14 Waiting to Bloom Discover new plant life, hidden and dormant in the winter, just waiting to explode! The trees will bud sooner than you think, and signs of spring are just around the corner. Learn how trees and other plants wait out winter.

3/7 Seeds, Seeds, Seeds What’s inside a seed? (seed dissection) How do seeds travel? What starts the process of germination? Outside search for seeds and seed pods.

3/21 Eggs-citement! Birds, Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians, – so many eggs! Dissect a chicken egg to identify life structures. Compare and contrast eggs of different animals. Get up close and personal with the Center’s reptiles and amphibians as we discuss their beginnings.

4/4 All About Nesting and Bird Eggs Learn the likenesses and differences of common bird nests. Build a bluebird house to encourage nesting. We will check out the Osprey Blind and birdhouses as we look for early returning birds

4/18 Mammalabilia Are all mammals born live? Take a look into gestation and birth of different native mammals. Learn about NH’s own marsupial! Witness the birth of deer twins (virtual reality!) Walk to discover emerging life categorizing by birth type.

5/9 Time to plant! Take a nature walk to identify early germinators in field and forest. Learning what we can grow to encourage pollinators. Set up sprouters to take home.

5/23 Eggs or live birth?  Take a look at reptiles and amphibians; not all are the same! Discover who lays eggs and who births live. Visit the pond to look for signs of new life!

6/6 Celebration of New Life! Recap the wonders of new beginnings! Student Presentations! Games! Let’s check the nest boxes and pond to see what’s happening now!

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. 333 for details.

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 Shelby Bernier at (603) 224-9909 ext. 333 or send an email to