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Homeschool Programs

Bi-monthly Environmental Education and Nature Studies in the Garden
Each program uses the Garden's 112 acres of developed and natural areas as a teaching classroom, while connecting to STEM and Common Core Standards.

Click on the age group/date to register.


August 2016-The Science behind Climate Change: Cause and Effect

Session 1: Cycles of Change 

The earth has gone through numerous changes in the billions of years it has existed. There is science to be explored on why it has changed and two sides to the issue to be understood. Students will track the cycles our climate has experienced throughout history. They will explore the natural causes of these changes in addition to the human impact causes.


K-2: August 2, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: August 4, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: August 4, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office

 

Session 2: Climate Change and Forest Ecosystems

Trees and forests play an important role in the health of our planet. Students will determine the role they play in the greenhouse effect and the carbon cycle. All ecosystems are affected by climate change and our focus will be on the living organisms in our forest ecosystems. 

 

K-2: August 16, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: August 18, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: August 18, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office

 

 

September 2016: Alabama's Aquatic Biodiversity 

 

Session 1: River Systems in Alabama 

Alabama has over 4,500 documented species which makes it the 5th most diverse state in our country. In addition it is the 1st most diverse state east of the Mississippi River. With 77,000 miles of rivers and streams running through the state, the biodiversity in these bodies of water plays an important part in maintaining these ranks. Students will learn about the river systems and what we use to determine how healthy they are. 

 

K-2: August 30, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: September 1, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: September 1, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office

 

Session 2: The Human Role in Supporting Biodiversity

This is a hands-on session where students will get wet and dirty in the aquatic areas of the Garden. Students will take part in water testing and bio-monitoring our streams and lakes to see how diverse and healthy they are. 

 

K-2: September 13, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: September 15, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: September 15, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office

 

Session 3: What does it all mean? 

With the results collected from Session 2 we will determine how healthy or unhealthy our water is and what can be done to maintain or improve its quality. We will revisit the sites that were tested and compare what we see with what the results tell us. 

 

K-2: September 27, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: September 29, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: September 29, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office

 

October 2016: Spooky Critters

 

Session 1: Spiders and Bats: Real Monsters of the Garden

 While they may not be the most adorable of creatures, they are certainly fascinating. Students will spend time exploring the world of bats and spiders in the Garden and the role they play in keeping the natural world healthy.

 

K-2: October 11, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: October 13, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: October 13, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office

 

 

Session 2: Beyond Spiders and Bats...even Cooler, Creepy Animals

 Spiders and bats aren't the only creepy critters to learn about around Halloween. Students will look at even more creepy animals like the Halloween crab, witch flounder, Halloween snake, pumpkin bug, bearded ghoul fish, and the ghost shark. We will explore their habitats and how they survive in them. 

 

K-2: October 25, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

3-5: October 27, 12-1:30 pm, Anderson Education Center Classroom

6-8: October 27, 12-1:30 pm, Drop off in Anderson Education Center Classroom, will move to Education Office


Registration & Cancellation: 

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department at 256-837-4344.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the garden is given a 48 hour  advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.

All classes meet in the education classrooms and will include inside and outside experiences.

 
Please contact Soozi Pline at spline@hsvbg.org or 256-837-4344 with any questions.

Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department at 256-837-4344.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the Garden is given a 48-hour advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.