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.

Homeschool Monday Fall 2017 Session 1: Homeschool Monday Session 1 is the introductory course to our homeschool programs and is repeated annually. This section focuses on general ecology. Participants learn what a habitat is, and how it can be affected by our actions.

HSM Session 1 Dates & Topics:
Monday, October 2 – Habitat Basics (What is it?)
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70118
Learn about the factors present in a habitat that are required for living organisms to survive, and how their availability affects the organisms in turn. Stations explore how animals adapt to their environments, how the abiotic (non-living) factors fluctuate, and how they are all connected.

Monday, October 9 – Ecosystems and Food Chains (How do habitats work?)
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street New Orleans, LA 70130
Dive deeper into habitat interactions to learn about food webs and how organisms are connected to each other. Participants identify the common elements of all food webs and explore the trophic limitations of an ecosystem.

Monday, October 16 – Adaptations & Niches
Audubon Wilderness Park
14001 River Road New Orleans, LA 70131
This section re-visits the interactions of organisms with their environment. Participants discover the many ways that life adapts to its changing surroundings, and learn to identify the function of adaptations. By understanding how organisms adapt to their habitats, participants will identify things ways that we can adapt our own behaviours to better coexist with our environment.

Monday, October 23 – Louisiana Wetlands
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
11000 Lake Forest Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70127
Identify the common elements of habitats in a local setting and discover your own influence over an ecosystem. Participants learn to differentiate common plants and animals and appreciate their roles in nature.

Times:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (AM Class)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (PM Class)

Cost:
$10.00 per child

Sign up HERE

Our Homeschool Monday 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 under 2 must stay with a parent or guardian during the program.

**Please note that on the Mondays listed above, we are closed to the general public.

**Due to high registration numbers, we cannot accept ANY walk ups. Registration will close at 10:00 PM 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. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your registered class and no later than the actual start time. Please attend the correct class (whether AM or PM) that you registered for.


Homeschool Monday Fall 2017 Session 2: Come join us for four weeks of fun learning about our native habitats. This session of classes utilizes the beautiful new Audubon Louisiana Nature Center as a learning back drop for classes that cover some of the new Louisiana Science Standards.

HSM Session 2 Dates & Topics:
Monday, November 6 – Water Wonders
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
11000 Lake Forest Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70127
71% of the planet’s surface is water. This outdoor program seeks to help train students as young scientists and promote stewardship through the awareness that local environments function as part of larger, connected ecosystems. Students will learn about the properties of wetlands and other aquatic environments while conducting scientific data collection.

Monday, November 13 – Population Explanation
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
11000 Lake Forest Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70127
Learn about how populations of animals and plants affect each other. Explore animals’ adaptations for survival and how working together can allow a population to succeed or fail.

Monday, November 27 – The Reason for the Seasons
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
11000 Lake Forest Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70127
Learn the science behind lights, shadows and seasons. We will explore the relation of the Sun, Moon and Earth and how that relationship creates seasons.

Monday, December 4 – Wetland Dissection
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
11000 Lake Forest Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70127
Animal adaptations aren’t just on the outside. We will explore the internal adaptations of plants and animals by dissection preserved specimens. Younger students will dissect owl pellets while older students will dissect frogs.

Times:
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (AM Class)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (PM Class)

Cost:
$10.00 per child


Sign up HERE

Our Homeschool Monday 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 under 2 must stay with a parent or guardian during the program.

**Please note that on the Mondays listed above, we are closed to the general public.

**Due to high registration numbers, we cannot accept ANY walk ups. Registration will close at 10:00 PM 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. Please arrive no more than 15 minutes before your registered class and no later than the actual start time. Please attend the correct class (whether AM or PM) that you registered for.

 Stay tuned for Homeschool Monday Spring 2018 dates & topics.

Science Sleuths will be returning Spring 2018. Please check back for dates & topics

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 Thursday afternoons.

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