Homeschool Friday Program Descriptions

EV Homeschool Friday’s programs have both classroom-based and field trip-based programs, led by trained and knowledgeable EV docents. Program Topics are drawn from our regular School Programs activities, Community Programs activities and Custom activities (designed specifically for the Homeschool Friday program series). Specific topics and field trip locations vary from year to year.

Homeschool Topic Descriptions for 2023/2024

Sept 22ndIntro/Baylands Snoop. 9:30-11:30AM at the Palo Alto Baylands

This program starts with a short introduction to the senses and how we can use those senses to explore and observe the world around us. We’ll then take those senses out into Baylands to observe, explore, and discover what this unique ecosystem has to offer. There will be an optional nature journaling component. Parents are encouraged to stay with their students for this outing.

Oct 20thAll About Bats. 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

For our Halloween-themed program, we’ll be studying different types of bats, how they hunt, and the many things they eat! This program will explore real bat specimens, as well as examine some of the myths and mysteries about bats. If you love a good game of true or false with spooky fun facts this is an excellent program. Activities: Bat Morphology, Echolocation, Diet & Hunting

Nov 17th – Fire Ecology. 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

We’ll be learning about fire ecology through fun activities and games that build understanding about wildfires and how they affect forests (both the plants and the animals). Students will act out animal behaviors that help wildlife stay safe during fire, and explore how pinecones and bark are uniquely adapted to fire. Activities: Serotiny, How Trees Survive Fire, Wildlife Responses to Fire

Dec 8thSustainable Art. 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

We all wonder how we can reduce the amount of trash and pollution we’re producing, as well as do something with all the trash that gets produced through every day activities. Discover how to make sustainable paint and sustainable art sculptures with upcycled items. Using sustainable materials and upcycled items reduces plastic pollution in our environment. We look forward to creating art together and exploring new ways to use common household items. Activities: Sustainable Sculptures, Nature Painting, Painting about Environmental Issues

Jan 19thSustainability. 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

How do humans impact the world in which we live? And how can we make choices to help better protect the land, water and air all around us? Through fun games and exploration, we’ll help students explore the power they themselves have to make good choices. Activities: 4R’s Board Game, Pathways of Stuff, Where Does It Come From? 

Feb 9thFoothills Ecology (with Owl Pellet Dissection). 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

Students will learn about how animals and plants have adapted to live in unique habitat of the California Foothills, with a special focus on how those plants and animals interact with each other. Activities: Owl Pellet Dissection, Food Web Interactions, Small Mammals

March 15thClimate Change. 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

We’ll be examining what climate change is (in a child-friendly manner), and looking at how a changing climate affects us, plants and animals (including one of the planet’s cutest climate ambassadors, the Pika). We’ll also be discussing the small (and large) steps we each can do each day to help work towards a healthier planet. Activities: Climate Change & Sierra Nevada Snowpack, the American Pika and Climate Change, Climate Action.

April 19thEarthquake Geology Field Trip. 9:30-11:30am at Los Trancos/Monte Bello Open Space Preserve

Field Trip only. Trained EV docents guide students in small groups to explore signs of the forces that have helped to shape this land and discover the evidence that scientists used to make hypotheses about the moving earth. Parents are asked to stay with their students if possible.

May 17thMarine Ecology. 9:30-11:30am at the EV EcoCenter

Students will explore the environment of the local marine environment. We’ll learn about some of the special adaptations that animals use to navigate a marine environment, how human actions can impact the special habitat, and discover how the plants and animals interact with each other. Activities: Marine Jenga Game, Ocean Layers, and Sonar Walking

May 31stTidepools Field Trip. 11am-1pm at Half Moon Bay Tidpools (Pillar Point). 

Field Trip only. Trained EV docents guide students in small groups to explore the unique plants and animals that are adapted to live in this ecosystem. They’ll explore the evolutionary pressures that make this ecosystem different from others, and how the plants and animals have evolved to survive there. Parents are asked to stay with their students if possible.

**Exact topics are subject to change at the discretion of EV staff.

Important Registration Information

    • Each Homeschool Friday program costs $15/child per session. Scholarships are available.
    • Payment Deadline: 1 week after registration has been confirmed.
    • Registration Deadline: Registration closes to new sign ups 2 weeks prior to each date.
    • Cancellation Deadline with refund: 1 week prior to each session.
    • Additional details available on our Homeschool Fridays FAQ page
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If you’re interested in registering a homeschool group, co-op or team, or would like a program for your children on a different date than already scheduled, please review details and instructions on the Homeschool by Appt page.