New Field Trip Programs
Our first new program – the Independent Learning Program – is modeled after our regular “Homeschool Fridays” program, which has traditionally been open to all homeschool students in the area. This program takes place during the traditional school day, and offers homeschool students a chance to come together to experience hands-on science activities with trained educators. We’ve modified this program for 2020/2021 to make it more accessible for more students with more dates each month, and to practice covid-safe measures by moving all of the activities outside. Each session, a single EV educator will meet with a small family/household group and take them on a 2-hour nature hike through one of our local open space areas. These nature hikes ares modeled after our standard field trips that we offer for schools, with a focus on the ecology and natural history of the area we’re hiking through.
Our second new program – the After-School Nature Walk Program – is a brand-new program focused on visiting a local city park, and exploring the animals and plants through fun games and activities. These programs take place after the traditional school day, and help small family groups get to know the nature all around them. Distance is shorter, and families might just be surprised how many wonderful places there are to explore in their own neighborhood!
Our third new program – the Walkable Field Trip Program – is designed to launch as soon as students begin to return to school in-person. We know that field trips are so important for well being and engagement, but we also know that traditional field trips – loading 30-60 students onto a bus – are likely going to be difficult to schedule in a covid-impacted world. Instead, our Walkable Field Trips will take students in small groups (their bubble cohorts) to local parks and open space areas that they can walk to from their school