Homeschool Days

Home school days allow individual home school students to attend pre-selected programs. Only students of the grade-equivalent age for the programs offered will be registered. 

All about Evergreens

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Grades Kindergarten to 5th grade
Program Number 741
Cost: $6

Children will the differences between spruces, pines and cedars by examining the scales, needles and cones.  An outdoor exploration will help to understand the overall shape of the trees and learn to make a generalized judgement from a distance.

Registration deadline is January 9, 2020

Where does the rain go?

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Grades Kindergarten to 5th grade
Program Number 742
Cost: $6

Students add "pollutants" and "rain" to a model city, then watch where it all goes. Learning the implications of adding pollutants to water sheds. An outdoor excursion on the preserve compares reality to the model.

Registration deadline is February 20, 2020

Mosses and Ferns

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Grades Kindergarten to 5th grade
Program Number 743
Cost: $6

We will investigate two flowerless plants, mosses and ferns. We will learn of the habitats they are found in and their means of reproduction.

Registration deadline is March 12, 2020

Tracking Animals

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Grades Kindergarten to 5th grade
Program Number 744
Cost: $6

Learn to identify mammal tracks and recreate some with synthetic models. To learn more of the movement of mammals we will imitate the gait of walkers, loppers, and hoppers. We will then look in the prairie at our "track station" to see what nature has provided for us. `

Registration deadline is April 9, 2020

What is in the Lake

Thursday, May 21, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
Grades Kindergarten to 5th grade
Program Number 745
Cost: $6

Using dip nets and dishes, each child will retrieve insect larvae from the water's edge of the lake and wetland habitat, and place into petri dishes.  Children will identify and categorize the specimens they find using magnifiers and a dissecting scope. Specimens will be grouped into pollution tolerance levels as well as what type of consumer they are.

Registration deadline is May 14, 2020

Program Details

Program Waiver (PDF)

Registration and payment is required one week prior to the program date.

Group Field Trips

Organized home school groups of 10 or more age-appropriate students are encouraged to register for their own group field trip program. A designated member from your group can request programs by calling our naturalist. All registration forms from the group must be turned in (in person at the nature center or mailed in) one week prior to the date chosen. 

Lake Katherine's program refund policy is the Monday before the program to full refund. Less than 4 days, no refund.