Home School Programs

Register your child for all sessions or choose your favorite subjects. Register online by clicking on the link below or give us a call at 221-0404 x 1.  Payment is needed to complete your registration and is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by ALNC staff.

All home school classes are drop-off programs appropriate for children ages 5-12 years.

Registration policies
Payment is needed to complete your registration and is non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by ALNC staff.  Pre-registration and advance payment is required by the registration deadline to hold your spot in the class.  Older and younger students will be grouped by age when applicable to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration.  If your child has a friend or sibling of a similar age they would like to be grouped with, please let us know.  For questions or to register by phone, call 221-0404 x 1. 

Medical Form
A medical form is required for all participants.  If a parent/guardian is in attendance with the child for the duration of the program, a medical form is not needed.  Medical forms are kept on file for one school-year, so completing a new form each session is not required.
2012-2013 Medical Form

Cancellation Policy
Please notify us of any cancellations before the registration deadline date.  If you inform us before this day, we will issue you a voucher for the class fee or register you for an alternate class.  Any cancellations or non-attendance after the registration deadline will result in a full charge of the class fee.
     

Winter/Spring 2013 Classes

Individual Session Pricing:
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-members $10/child

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 – Exploring Ecosystems (HS145)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, February 24, 2013
How can so many animals share one tree? Does the forest get crowded with all those birds and squirrels? We will learn about the many different animals that call Wisconsin home. From the prairie to the pond to the forest, we will learn about the different ecosystems and all the animals that can be found there.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 – All About Aldo (HS146)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Aldo Leopold loved spending time outdoors, where he would observe nature and record what he was seeing. We will participate in many of Aldo Leopold’s favorite activities, such as bird watching, tree identification and writing. A trip to the Children’s Shack is a great way to learn about Aldo Leopold and the importance he had on Wisconsin’s conservation.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 – Maple Syruping (HS147)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Learn how to make sweet maple syrup by tapping maple trees in our “sugar bush.” Taste maple sap before and after boiling, and learn how different cultures used this sweet resource. Learn about the modern tools that are used to make this sweet treat we enjoy on pancakes, waffles, and sometimes even ice cream. Maple syrup, partially boiled sap and pure sap will be tasted during this program.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – The Birds are Back! (HS148)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2013
It’s the time of year when birds start to come back from their long migrations. We will be here to welcome them back as we look for signs that birds have arrived again for the spring time. We will search nest boxes, look in trees, and listen for the sound of the birds as their voices fill the forest.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 – Great Eggspectations (HS149)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 2013
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.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 – Hatchlings and Sprouts (HS150)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Imagine starting life with a pocket of food attached to your body, or having to drill your way through a hard shell on your first full day of life. What if you were surrounded by thousands of other eggs, or had to dig your way to the earth’s surface to start your life? Plants and animals enter the world in all different forms. Through games and a discovery hike, we’ll explore the many shapes that form the beginning of life, from spores and seeds in plants to eggs and live birth in animals.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 – Here Fishy, Fishy (HS151)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 7, 2013
Imagine tasting a chocolate sundae with your whole body…if you were a catfish, you could! In this program we’ll explore the world of fish senses and how these animals have adapted to life underwater. Then, we will do some worm hunting and try our hand at fishing from the docks at our pond.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Water, Water Everywhere (HS152)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 14, 2013
April showers bring….chances to see Earth’s water cycle in action! We’ll spend the afternoon learning about water resources, exploring the water cycle, experimenting with fresh and salt water and seeing water conservation in action.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – Happy Earth Day! (HS153)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 21, 2013
In honor of Earth Day, we’ll learn how we can make a positive difference towards the earth! We will learn about the people, including Aldo Leopold, who were important in conserving our resources in Wisconsin. In the true spirit of Earth Day, we will partake in our own conservation project and learn how we can conserve our resources in our own homes as well.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – The Dirt on Dirt (HS154)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 28, 2013
The stuff we call dirt—more formally, soil—is actually made up of two distinct types of material: minerals (the main ingredient) and much smaller amounts of organic matter; that is, living things and their decaying remains. We’ll explore soil ecology, microscopic creatures and take soil samples from various habitats at ALNC.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – What Lies Underground? (HS155)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2013
Have you ever been on a treasure hunt? Imagine finding something that has been buried for over a thousand years! Join us on an archaeology adventure as we learn about what can be found underground. We will use digging tools to find artifacts and learn how scientists use artifacts to determine what life was like a long time ago.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – Survival Part II (HS156)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 12, 2013
The snow has melted, the temperatures are warming, but is there still a risk for hypothermia? Join us on a survival adventure as we learn how to find food, make a shelter, and access clean water in many survival situations. We will construct a shelter to keep the wind out, start a small fire that could warm us up on a cool night, and even learn about plants that could be eaten in the wild.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – Stop and Smell the Wildflowers! (HS157)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Each spring nature graces the woods and prairie with a rainbow of colors that last only a few weeks. We’ll learn about those beautiful spring wildflowers known as ephemerals. Through a hike to the Nature Center’s many habitats, we’ll identify these spring beauties and learn about their edible and medicinal uses by pioneers and Native Americans.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – Reptiles (HS158)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 26, 2013
We will learn all about the group of animals known as reptiles. From snakes to turtles, lizards to crocodiles, there are so many fascinating reptiles that can be discovered! We will learn about the adaptations reptiles have for survival and will venture out to see if we can find any reptiles in the pond or prairie.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Changes Over Time (HS159)
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 2, 2013
The Earth is constantly changing and scientists have made observations of these changes over many years. We will learn the difference between short-term and long-term changes, such as climate and animal adaptations. We’ll visit the “Children’s Shack” to observe changes in people’s lifestyles and record our observations to create our own records to study.
ALNC Members: $8/child; Non-Members: $10/child
Registration Form

Call (608) 221-0404 x 1 or email alncreg@naturenet.com for questions.

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