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Homeschool Animal Encounter Program

This program was designed with your diverse, mixed-age homeschool group in mind!  Your homeschooler’s senses are ignited as they are lead on a 1-hour guided exploration of the grounds by one of our naturalists. During this program, students will explore the various ecosystems around the center and make several stops to meet and learn about a few of our live educational animals.   Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we can only accommodate up to 30 students for this program.  Groups larger than 10 will be split into 2 groups; groups larger than 20 will be split into 3 groups.  Only 2 adults will be permitted to accompany each group.

Cost: $6.50/child (minimum of 9)

Payment: Only 1 payment transaction permitted – we accept checks and credit cards.  Charter funding will not be accepted for this program.  A credit card number is required to make a reservation. If there is a no show or a cancellation within two weeks of your scheduled program date, the minimum fee of $58.50 will be automatically charged to your card on file.

Scheduling: Scheduling for this program is based on available weekday openings. Please contact the Education Director with a few preferred date options. Check your calendar and the calendars of everyone else who will be coming BEFORE scheduling. Your program reservation is not official until you receive your confirmation and invoice.

Virtual Homeschool Series

Are you still relying on distance learning, but eager for some unique experiences with nature?  Our Virtual Homeschool Series might be a great solution for you and your homeschooler.  Your students will observe and explore our native plant communities and wildlife under the guidance of a trained ENC Naturalist.  You will sign up for this monthly series, which convenes at the same time and day each week.  Each month will have a different topic, and each class will include activities, animal encounters, and nature journaling assignments that tie into the theme.  An adult ‘partner’ is encouraged to help facilitate your child’s learning during each class.  We will utilize Zoom for these classes – the link will be provided after you complete your registration.

Cost: $35/child; 10% discount for MEMBERS (monthly fee)

January: Mondays (1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25); theme is WATER. Grade range: 1st-3rd graders

February: Tuesdays (2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23); theme is LIFE CYCLES. Grade range: 1st-3rd graders

Field Trips for Pods

We are now pre-scheduling field trips from our regular repertoire of school programs, and your homeschool pod can reserve a time to experience it!  All of our environmental education programs are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards or with California’s Social Studies Standards.  Each teaching group is limited to 10 students and 2 adults.  Check our events calendar for our weekly program offerings; please have one adult sign up the entire pod for each program.  Siblings are welcome to attend but they will be counted in the headcount and we still cannot exceed 10 children per pod.  We do not accept Charter School funds for these programs; payment must be made at the time of registration.

January Programs:

1/5 – Tongva Trail (3rd-4th) register HERE.

1/12 – Eco Observers (1st-3rd) register HERE.

1/19 – Creature Features (K-2nd) register HERE.

1/26 – Nature Changes (PreK/TK/Kinder) register HERE.

Did you enjoy your Homeschool Program?

Thank you for selecting ENC for your homeschool nature adventure! If you are interested in another program for your homeschool group we offer a wide range of set school programs. Please contact our Education Director for more information about booking a morning school program.

We appreciate your feedback!  Please fill out this short survey after your program.

Homeschool Animal Encounter Program REQUEST Form

Please complete this form if you are intersted in scheduling a program. If a date you choose is available you WILL be added to the calendar and then receive an email confirming this. If none of your dates is available we will contact you with comperable dates. Do NOT complete this form if you are just inquiring about scheduling a program. If you have questions that are not answered in the text above, feel free to call 949-645-8489 or email mindy@encenter.org with your questions prior to scheduling. Thank you!
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