Bring your homeschool students out to Eagle Creek Park to explore, hike, picnic, and learn! Visit both nature centers and explore the park grounds for educational experiences on your own, or sign up your group of students for one of our environmental education program offerings. Visit the field trip page for more information on topics and scheduling. We also offer programs thoughout the year specifically for homeschool students.
To be added to the Homeschool email list, please email Leah Frenzel or call 317-327-7148. Program choices and registration details for our Homeschool Jamboree programs (see below for details) are usually emailed to the list approx. 1 week before the first day of registration. Please note, registering for a homeschool program does not automatically put you on the general email list.
What: Fall Homeschool Jamboree - students attend 4 environmental education classes in an exciting, educational, and fun-filled day.
Where: Eagle Creek Earth Discovery Center within Eagle Creek Park
Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Ages: 8-14 years
Cost: $15/student due at time of registration
Registration: begins Monday, October 8, 2018 at 9am, and ends on Friday, October 12th at 5pm, or when all available spaces have been filled. Online registration will not be available until Monday at 9am, but we encourage you to set up your Indy Parks account ahead of time, as the process can take several minutes, and you may need to call customer service.
Go to www.indyparks.org
Students may begin arriving for check in, where they receive name tag with class schedule and locations. All parents need to be present with their students for check in and to leave emergency contact information, if they will not be staying.
Fall 2018 Class Descriptions.pdf
Maximum 12 students per session. No prior
shooting experience necessary, learn the basics of archery in this intro
archery class. We will go over safety, terms to know, and then get to try our
hand at shooting! *Due to the popularity
of this class, please do not choose this topic if you’ve already done Archery
in a previous Jamboree, so everyone can get a chance to participate.
Release Fishing Instructor: Camptown
We will begin by
learning the parts to the fishing pole, and how to set one up, then we learn how
to cast and do a few practice casts before getting a change to fish and seeing
what we can catch! We will also cover how to dispose of waste properly and what
to know before you head out to your favorite fishing spot. All equipment
Habitat Hunt and Ephemeral Art Instructor: The STEM
Come hike with us
as we learn about and explore animal habitats and the natural world around us.
We will be collecting items on our hike to create ephemeral art (natural art
that lasts a short period of time) after our hike. You will have the option to
take one piece of your art home.
Nature Journaling Instructor: Eagle Creek Park
We will be taking
a slow, easy walk with frequent breaks to allow students to draw or write about
what they see and hear. 15 minutes will be spent at the end of the class trying
to identify what we drew and wrote about. If the weather is bad materials will
be provided to draw and identify.
Insects and Spiders Instructor: Southeastway Park
Have you ever
REALLY looked at our 6 and 8-legged friends? Do they cause you a little bit of
anxiety? Test your fears by meeting a few friends up close, and learn about the
common misconceptions about these often misunderstood creatures.
Orienteering Instructor: Hendricks County Parks
Learn to use a
compass and navigate a scavenger hunt. It is helpful if students are able to
read or have a parent with them. This lesson is outside, so dress for the
Pollinators: Beyond Butterflies Instructor: Eage Creek Park Volunteer
We'll learn about several lesser-known pollinators through a
combination of classroom time and outdoor interaction. Students will be able to
identify the life stages of 3-5 pollinators, and then we'll spend time walking
to find their habitats. (If weather is inclement, choose from interactive
classroom stations: drawing, further reading, etc.)
It’s Not Just Poop, it’s Science! Instructor: Earth Discovery Center
animals in many different ways. We will briefly discuss why looking at animal
poop is important to scientists and then students will become scientists to see
if they can identify the animals that left fake (no gloves or nose plugs will
be necessary in our program) poop behind. It will be helpful if students have
had some experience measuring with rulers for this program.
Tree Climbing Instructor: Eagle Creek Park
12 students per session. Get a bird’s eye view of the park while getting to
know your trees. Join us “up a tree without a paddle.” Learn to climb a
tree using arborist equipment. *Due to the popularity of this class, please do not choose this topic if you’ve
already done Tree Climbing in previous Jamborees, so everyone can get a
chance to participate.
Tree Identification Instructor: Eage Creek Park Volunteer
Learn how to identify trees. This is more than a
brief walk in the woods while trying to learn trees by memory. You will learn
how to go through the step by step process of identifying the trees of Eagle
Creek Park. About half the class will be the step-by-step process of learning
how to identify a tree you do not know, and the second half will be in the
woods putting to use what you have learned.
Who Dirtied the
Water? Instructor; Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management
How do our local waterways become polluted? Who is responsible
for cleaning up polluted water? During this hands-on session, students will
contaminate a sample of water. We will identify the pollution and what we can
all do to prevent future pollution of our local waterways.
Wild Edibles Instructor: Garfield Park
There are many
reasons one might learn about edible wild plants. Knowing wild edibles can aid
in survival situations, help expand your taste palate, and give a better
appreciation for native plants.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What: Spring Homeschool Jamboree - students attend 4 environmental education classes in an exciting, educational, and fun-filled day.
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Registration: begins Monday, March 5th at 9am, and ends on Friday, March 16th at 5pm, or when all available spaces have been filled. Online registration will not be available until Monday at 9am, but we encourage you to set up your Indy Parks account ahead of time, as the process can take several minutes, and you may need to call customer service.