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November 2017
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Homeschool Program: All About Birds

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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“You always can tell what a bird does eat when you look at its beak and you look at its feet.” Students will learn “how birds make a living” with our hands-on activity. We’ll examine study mounts before exploring the land with binoculars in search of our resident species.

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December 2017
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Homeschool Program: Beyond the Naked Eye

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Explore objects too big or too small to see with the naked eye! From water molecules to the atmosphere we’ll use microscopes to enlarge small objects and organisms and learn about and build molecules. Then we’ll look past the earth’s surface while spending some time viewing earth from space in Science on A Sphere! We’ll make the far away and extremely small come to life!

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Homeschool Program: Astronomy 101

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Join us for an afternoon under the stars as we explore our solar system; including planets, moons and constellations. We’ll get an up close and personal look at these celestial bodies with the Science on a Sphere.
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Homeschool Program: Snowshoeing Basics

December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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See and learn about snowshoe styles from past to present as we learn the science and culture behind this mode of winter travel. Afterwards, we’ll head outside to explore the winter landscape on snowshoes, practice basic skills, and play some games! In the case of no snow, students will still learn about and experience snowshoes, but the hike will be done without snowshoes.
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January 20182018
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Homeschool Program: Under the Snow and Ice

January 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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When snow falls, we love to sled and skate. But at the end of the day, we go home where it is warm and safe. What about all those animals out there in the forests, prairie and pond? We’ll investigate and explore the world under the ice and snow and even measure the thickness of the ice on the pond and see what lies beneath! Students will learn the science behind fur and insulation and why it’s so important for surviving the winter.

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Homeschool Program: Team Building

January 16, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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All of us work on teams in some part of our lives. Families, sports leagues, music groups, and other clubs or groups are all forms of teams: people working together to accomplish a shared goal. But are you a “team player?” We’ll provide challenges where the group must work together to succeed. From crossing the “Chocolate River” to a group walk on “skis,” we’ll identify and discuss the positive characteristics of teams. Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Winter Tracking

January 23, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Winter is a wonderful time to discover animal signs and homes! Through games, a take-home craft project, and an interpretive hike, youth will search for sign of the inhabitants of Wisconsin’s wetlands, prairies, and forests! We will snowshoe to investigate these amazing tracks (snow permitting)!

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Homeschool Program: May the “Force” Be With You!

January 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Machines, from airplanes to tweezers, are at work all around us. Without the help of machines, it would be much harder for people and animals to do work. We’ll explore the six types of machines (ramps, wedges, screws, levers, wheel and axles, and pulleys) and investigate how these machines help us overcome forces like gravity and friction.

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February 2018
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Homeschool Program: Glaciers: Part I – Shaping Wisconsin’s Past

February 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Learn about the glaciers that formed the landscape of Wisconsin and what formations they made along the way. We’ll hike up a drumlin, learn about kettles, kames, eskers and moraines!

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Homeschool Program: Glaciers: Part II – Present and Future

February 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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The frozen fun continues for another week! After learning about glaciers of the past, we’ll spend this week learning about glaciers today and how they are changing! We’ll even meet a glaciologist who will share her experiences researching in the Antarctic!

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Homeschool Program: Standing Tall

February 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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In the middle of winter, it must be hard to be a tree. Covered in snow, blown by strong winter winds and withstanding cold temperatures. We’ll learn how trees survive in winter, what dangers trees face in winter and how to identify leafless trees.

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Homeschool Program: The Eyes Have It

February 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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How do our eyes work? See a model eye up close and experience how animals see the world with specialized glasses. Discover how eye placement influences hunting for predators and hiding for prey. We’ll even explore some optical illusions! Find out if “seeing is believing” in this eye-opening program!

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March 2018
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Homeschool Program: Animal Magnetism

March 6, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Magnets are in use all around us, from your refrigerator door to doctor’s offices! Did you know the earth is one giant magnet, and that for centuries people and animals have used the north and south poles for navigation? We’ll learn how magnets work, which stones are naturally magnetic, and how to construct a simple magnet in this “attractive” investigation!

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Homeschool Program: Maple Syruping

March 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Learn how to make sweet maple syrup by tapping maple trees in the “sugar bush!” Taste maple sap before and after boiling, and learn how different cultures used this sweet resource. Students will tap trees, collect sap, and learn which trees make the best syrup. Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Beaver Ecology

March 20, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Beavers are fascinating creatures! Join us to learn the history of beavers from the fur trade to today. We’ll learn all about beavers and their behavior—from kits to castor, it’ll be an afternoon you “wood”n’t want to miss! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: From the Ashes

March 27, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Fire is a great management tool for prairies and other habitats. In addition to helping prevent the spread of invasive species, controlled burns also help to improve habitat for wildlife and stimulate the growth of new plants. We’ll get to see how prairies are burned and have a chance to see the tools that professionals use when they conduct controlled burns. Continue reading

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April 2018
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Homeschool Program: Great Egg-spectations

April 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Legend has it that every spring a rabbit would visit children’s homes during the night and leave a woven nest with an egg in it as a sign that spring had arrived. Join us to hear this wonderful story and adorn your own spring basket just as the animals do by using materials from the land. Learn to dye eggs naturally with leaves, grasses, and other gifts of nature to mimic the variety of colorful eggs made by our wild critters! Eggs and other materials will be provided. Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Edna Taylor Discovery Day

April 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Adjacent to the Nature Center is the City of Madison’s Edna Taylor Conservation Park. Rich with wetland habitats, Edna Taylor is a wonderful place to observe the spring migrations of birds, including Mallard ducks, Blue-winged teals, and Sandhill cranes! We’ll also visit an oak savanna and an Effigy Mound during this afternoon of discovery. Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Using All the Senses

April 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Spring is a time to use all our senses! See beautiful spring wildflowers, smell much from the pond and sniff garlic mustard as we pull, hear migrating birds and frog choruses, feel the different textures of nature and explore all things spring with our senses! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: ExTREEme Celebration!

April 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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In honor of Arbor Day (April 24) and Earth Day (April 22), we’ll celebrate how trees help people, animals and our environment. We’ll help our Kindergarten Woods by pulling the invading garlic mustard. Then we’ll learn about restoration efforts and help the land by planting some native plants or trees. Enjoy giving back to the earth in this “exTREEme” celebration! Continue reading

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May 2018
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Homeschool Program: The Fungus Among Us

May 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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From puffballs to morels, fungus is all around us! We’ll learn some common types of fungus, which ones are edible and which to avoid, dissect a mushroom, learn how to make spore print and much, much more! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Start to Finish

May 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Did you know people once used the stars for navigation? Today, technology has advanced and we can use GPS units to find our way from one place to another. In this class, we will learn how to read a map (youngest children), use a compass (older students) and how to use a GPS unit (oldest students). We’ll share with each other the pros and cons of each piece of equipment! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Pondering Aquatic Life

May 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Follow us to the pond where we’ll meet some aquatic life! We’ll use nets and bug boxes to catch and identify the critters that live, breathe, and eat underwater. Scan nearby trees for wetland birds and submerged logs for signs of turtles. Can you spot frog or toad eggs? Join us to dip for insects and “ponder” life under water! Continue reading

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Homeschool Program: Slime and Scales

May 22, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aldo Leopold Nature Center | Monona Campus,
330 Femrite Drive Monona, 53716 United States
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Become a herpetologist for the day and search for frogs, toads, snakes and salamanders in this “ribbiting” investigation! We’ll visit the pond and marsh to listen closely for croaks, chirps, trills, and whistles of frogs and toads to learn how to identify them. Then we’ll explore the island in search of all things slippery or slithery. Continue reading

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