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)

Leaders: Kelly Dwyer, NHA’s Director of Education and Paula Chouinard, Massabesic Center’s 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.

It’s All in the Planning! Strategies to Survive NH’s Winter 

Traditionally, fall is a time for apple picking, pumpkin carving, raking leaves and bundling up in warm sweaters. For NH’s animals, fall is a critical period of frenzied preparation for the coming winter months.  Join us at NH Audubon’s Massabesic Center as we delve into the 3 strategies animals use in fall to survive the harsh and challenging winter months: Migration, Hibernation and Adaptation.

Sep. 20: Migration: It’s Not Just for the Birds!

Explore the world of other animal migrators such as monarch butterflies and green darner dragonflies as we look at their natural history and then head outside to put our new-found skills to the test!

Oct. 4: The Magic of Avian Migration

Learn the biology behind avian migration: who embarks on these epic journeys and where they go. We will also examine the latest scientific theories and data analysis before we head outside with our binoculars!

Oct. 11: The Big Chill

Many of NH’s insects, reptiles and some mammals are preparing the coming metabolic changes to cope with the pending winter. Today we will explore the biology behind these processes and conduct experiments to replicate this amazing survival strategy!

Oct. 25: Life Under the Ice

Soon NH’s amphibians will retreat from current habitats to prepare for months under the ice and forest leaf litter. Join us as we explore the strategies unique to this group of amazing animals!

Nov. 8: Ready, Set, Adapt!

Surprisingly, many of NH’s animals remain active throughout our notorious winters. Learn about the unique and incredible adaptations these animals utilize to survive!

Nov. 29: Who’s Still Here?

For the naturally curious, signs of animal life abound! Today we search for evidence of birds, mammals, and even insects that are prepared to stay active in the coming months!  Learn about tracks, scat, and other visible signs of a variety of animals.

Dec. 6: H. A. M. Extravaganza!

Join us as we celebrate the marvels of Hibernation, Adaptation and Migration through culminating games, activities and special presentations!

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