Homeschool Programs

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Nature Explorers

Homeschool Natural Science Classes

Thursdays 2:30-4:30 pm (January – April)


2018 Schedule

2018 Registration Sheet

The Nature Explorer program is a series of natural science classes designed to supplement homeschooling curriculum. We explore various topics through interactive lectures as well as hands-on activities both inside and outside. We also provide a Parent Page, an outline of the day’s presentation for review and/or portfolio use.

Families can choose to sign up for all the classes or choose only those that best fit their needs; most of the classes are not sequential. Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Fees for each class vary depending upon the type of materials needed for that class. We prefer class fees to be paid in advance to allow for the purchase of materials; however, other arrangements can be made, if necessary.

Families may register through the mail (2300 Benton Center Rd., Benton Harbor, MI 49022), in person at the nature center (Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or by phone during business hours (269-927-4832).

We request the parents of our six- to nine-year-old students stay to assist their children unless they also have younger children who require supervision (outside the classrooms, please). Parents of our older students (10 years and up) are welcome to stay and share the discoveries, but their presence is not necessary.

For any further information, contact Eileen at Sarett Nature Center: (269) 927-4832 or


Jan 25, 2018


ANIMAL SENSES OR A DAY OF SKIING: Animals use the same senses as humans but sometimes in very different ways. We’ll study some adaptations and then compare ours to theirs. If snow is present, we’ll discuss winter ecology then explore on cross country skis.
Feb 8, 2018

$4 for each skier

A DAY OF SKIING OR ANIMAL SENSES: See above description.


Feb 15, 2018


HABITAT: Learn what makes good habitats, how various factors can affect animal populations and search for examples of various habitats.
Mar 8, 2018


BOGS, FENS AND CARNIVOROUS PLANTS: Learn how Michigan’s glaciers left unique wetland features and examine some of the interesting survival adaptations developed by plants.
Mar 22, 2018


WETLAND HABITATS: We’ll search for examples of adaptations that allow plants to survive in the soggy soils of wetlands.
Apr 5, 2018


POND HABITAT:  We’ll continue our study of the wetland ecosystem with an in-depth look at the organisms that inhabit the ponds.
Apr 19, 2018


RIVER VALLEY/RIPARIAN HABITAT: Learn how plants that grow in a river valley are adapted to flooding and dry periods.


May 3, 2018


DUNE HABITAT: Meet at Grand Mere State Park to discuss the dune formation process and hike up the dunes to explore plant adaptations.