Science options are often limited for homeschool students once they reach middle school. Why not come study science at Cedar Creek, where students have the opportunity to explore many different topics alongside professional scientists and their experiments? Homeschool programs for ages 12-18 are offered at the Reserve on the second Thursday of each month from 10am - 3pm. See the section listings for specific details about each month's class.
Each month focuses on a specific topic studied by world-class researchers at Cedar Creek, and provides the opportunity to go in depth into subjects of importance to the world, to our research community, and to society as a whole. Instruction is provided by Cedar Creek's seasoned naturalists, and each session offers the opportunity to experience life as a scientist. Students will spend time indoors and out, conducting hand-on investigations, meeting scientists, visiting long-term scientific experiments, and exploring nature. Come prepared to be outside in the dirt, regardless of the weather!
Classes are drop-off; parents do not attend the class with their student. We are happy to provide suggestions on places to go for a hike, go shopping or grab a cup of coffee and get some work done while your student is learning with us! Please note as well that no tobacco use or pets (except service animals) are allowed outside of vehicles on the Cedar Creek property, including the buildings, parking lots and nature trail. Learn more about Cedar Creek's mission and legacy here.
OutlineJanuary - June 2019:
January 10th: Geology of the Anoka Sandplain
February 14th: Wildlife Field Methods II
March 14th: Experimental Design and Inquiry
April 11th: Phenology and Citizen Science
May 9th: Ornithology/Birding
June 13th: Dragonflies & Damselflies
There are no classes in July and August. Check back this summer for information about 2019-2020 topics!
"Without this fantastic opportunity, [our students] would not be exposed to relevant science in the field, interaction with real scientists and a chance to live authentic science. The opportunity to collect genuine data and observe the results was eye opening. [Our students] walked away with a greater appreciation for nature and the many interactions that occur on a daily basis. The reflections heard on the ride back....were very touching."
"Having the chance to touch and experience technology associated with natural resources work and learn from experts was very helpful."
Questions? Contact Dr. Caitlin Barale Potter, education and community engagement coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)