Homeschool Programs

Audubon Nature Institute is now offering educational programs for home schoolers! Programs will feature a different theme with plenty of hands-on, engaging activities aimed at 8-12 year old students. We will be offering two sessions of homeschool Monday this fall as well as an expanded version of Science Sleuths!

Homeschool Monday Spring 2017 Session 1: This session deals with other science disciplines. Participants discover the many inter-connections between the sciences and gain an appreciation for the multitude of research and practical applications and opportunities that exist in the STEM fields, especially in regards to environmental sciences and practice.

HSM Session 1 Dates & Topics:

Monday, January 23 - Chemistry in Nature
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118

Monday, January 30 – Anatomy (Shark Dissection)
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Monday, February 6 – Geology (Diggin' the Dirt)
Audubon Wilderness Park
14001 River Road New Orleans, LA 70131

Monday, February 13 - Ecology
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118

NEW Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cost:
$10.00 per child

Sign up HERE

Our home school programs are open to all children over the age of 2. Lessons are planned for and most beneficial for children between 8-12 years of age. Please register and pay for ALL children over the age of 2 who will be in attendance at this program. In addition, please register all adults and siblings of home schoolers ages 2 and under who will be in attendance so we obtain a proper head count for each session. Adults and children under 2 with a paid sibling are free of charge, but children under 2 must stay with a parent or guardian during the program.

**Due to high registration numbers, we cannot accept ANY walk ups. Registration will close at 10:00pm the day before each session. Please ensure that you are registered before registration closes and double check that you are registered for the correct sessions.


Homeschool Monday Spring 2017 Session 2: This session will focus on citizen science with a partnership with Monarch Watch. Participants will meet at a variety of locations to learn about the importance of the Monarch butterfly and their unique migration.

HSM Session 2 Dates & Topics:

Monday, March 6 - Monarch Life Cycle
Jean Lafitte National Park - Barataria Preserve
6588 Barataria Blvd Marrero, LA 70073
Class this day will take place at Jean Lafitte National Park and we will practice using the iNaturalist app to identify living things and gather scientific information about them. We will focus on identifying stages of the monarch life cycle and different types of milkweed.

Monday, March 13 - Plant Defenses
Audubon Wilderness Park
14001 River Road New Orleans, LA 70131
This day we will meet at the Audubon Wilderness Park to use the scientific process to learn more about the importance of plants in nature and how they defend themselves from being eaten. We will also look at the human/plant relationship.

Monday, March 20 - Monarch Migration
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
Migration is the name of the game. We’ll meet at the Zoo and use play to understand the monarch migration. We’ll also touch on metamorphosis, other pollinators how much humans need them.

Monday, March 27 - Monarch Seek 'N Find
Location to be announced...
We’ll use the scientific process we learned about on Day 1 to explore different plots of land. The location is to be announced. Here we can look at untouched pockets of land next to human cultivated plots and compare the number of monarch we find. We will also focus on the human impact on pollinators and plants.

NEW Times:
10:00am - 11:30am
1:00pm - 2:30pm

Cost:
$10.00 per child

Sign up HERE

Our home school programs are open to all children over the age of 2. Lessons are planned for and most beneficial for children between 8-12 years of age. Please register and pay for ALL children over the age of 2 who will be in attendance at this program. In addition, please register all adults and siblings of home schoolers ages 2 and under who will be in attendance so we obtain a proper head count for each session. Adults and children under 2 free of charge, but children must stay with a parent or guardian during the program.

**Due to high registration numbers, we cannot accept ANY walk ups. Registration will close at 10:00pm the day before each session. Please ensure that you are registered before registration closes and double check that you are registered for the correct sessions 

Science Sleuths is designed for kids who have more science questions than parents can answer. This small group of kids will explore a different topic each week to help these students have a better understanding of how different sciences work while increasing their desire to learn even more. Drop off your child at one of our facilities so they can enjoy some time discovering the amazing world around us! 


Sessions are held on either Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm OR Saturday mornings from 10:00 am - 11:30 am. 



Science Sleuths Spring 2017 Dates and Topics:

January 12, 14 - It’s Raining Cats & Dogs
Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
What causes weather? How do tornadoes happen? What causes hurricanes? Get together with us and find out! We will do some fun experiments to understand more about the world weather processes.

January 19, 21 - Playin’ Possum

Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
In this class we will explore what makes marsupials unique in the animal world. Get an up-close encounter with a member of the only marsupial species in North America!

January 26, 28 - It’s Down to the Nitty Gritty
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Audubon Aquarium is a perfect place to look at little living things. Did you know that there are lots of ocean creature that glow? We’ll take a look at the basic living structure and some organisms that are only a few cells big!

February 2, 4 - Birds of a Feather, Stick Together
Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
Let’s explore the birds in the zoo and find out why there are so many different kinds of birds on the planet. We’ll look at a variety of body adaptations and play a game to see how those adaptations work.

February 9, 11 - Motherly Love
Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
How do animal parents take care of their young? Why do they do it? What happens to animals that don't parent their offspring? Not all animals need to take care of their offspring. We'll explore the variety of parenting styles and the reasons behind the difference.

February 16, 18 - Dip Net Delight!
Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
Have you ever wondered what lurked in the brown, muddy water in the swamp? We’ll use nets and magnifying glasses to find out! Its these small critters that make the swamp food chain work! Get down and dirty with the coolest and most important animals in the wetlands!

Two-week break - Happy Mardi Gras!!

March 9, 11 - Uh-Oh, Oil Spill!

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118

We all make mistakes now and then, but some mistakes are costlier than others. Let’s look at what happens to the environment and the animals in it when crude oil is spilled in the ocean.

Thursday, March 16th – It’s Not Easy Being Green

Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118

We will learn about the importance of environmental ethics and how organizations protect the environment. Thursday participants are also welcome to attend Earth Fest and volunteer at a Science Sleuths table.

Saturday, March 18th - Earth Fest

Audubon Zoo

6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118

Science Sleuths are invited to volunteer at a table for Earth Fest. Students will teach children about oil spills and help kids with an activity to “clean the animals.”

Times:

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm on Thursdays (NEW Time)
OR

10:00 am - 11:30 am on Saturdays

Pricing:

1 session = $15

*Sign up for all 8 sessions and receive one session free! 


Sign up HERE

Science Sleuths is a program for children between 8-13 years of age ONLY. Please ONLY register children participating in Science Sleuths. Parent/guardian emergency contact information will be obtained in a separate form.



**Due to high registration numbers, we cannot accept ANY walk ups. Registration will close at 10:00pm the day before each session. Please ensure that your child is registered before registration closes and double check that he/she is registered for the correct sessions. 

Both Zoo & Aqua Schools can be tailored for a homeschool audience. These programs are available for groups of 10 or more Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Click HERE for more information on zoo schools & topics

Click HERE for more information on aqua schools & topics