“Adventurous experiences out-of-doors are perceived to kindle the enthusiasm of the young, to develop their concern for others, for their community and for the environment. Such experiences provide the means of self-discovery, self-expression and enjoyment, which are at once both stimulating and fulfilling."

~ Lord Hunt of Llanfair Waterdine



We are pleased to offer several options for the homeschool community, including field trips that can be scheduled for your group, and seasonal weekly or bi-weekly sessions. In addition, many of our individual public programs may be scheduled privately just for your group or co-op! Contact us to schedule.

2022 Fall Session

8-week session for homeschool students ages 6-10

Every Tuesday, September 20-November 8; 1:30-3:30pm

​ Fall is an amazing time to experience and learn about life in the forest! Our fall homeschool sessions will focus on the buzz of activity and changes happening within our local ecosystems as the seasons change. Lessons will include active exploration, observation hikes, hands-on experiments, data collection, and some fun games and activities.

Students will learn how to identify trees and the parts of a leaf, and do an experiment to observe the leaves "breathing"! We will delve into the world of migrating raptors and birds, learn how bats use echolocation to find food, and track some of our forest creatures. Other activities include a mushroom foray, survival day (plants, animals and humans), hibernation preparations, and a spooky science-themed experience! We'll also get our hands dirty in the fall garden, including seed collection and dissection and preserving the harvest.


  • Led by Lead Educator Lauren Lynch and our staff of educators/naturalists. Learn more
  • Lead staff are CPR/AED and First Aid certified
  • Educator to student ratio of 1:9 or lower provides a safe and attentive environment


  • Program runs rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, we will move activities to our covered pavilion or inside to our classrooms.
  • This is a DROP-OFF class. Please drive in through the outer gate and our staff will meet you at the kiosk in the picnic grove.

PRICE (per student)
Ages 6-10, 8-week session

$220 - Standard Rate
$200 - Siblings Rate (each sibling)
$185 - CURRENT New Weis Center Member Rate*

*Members at the "Supporter" level ($75 and up) are eligible for discounts on homeschool programs. Learn more about membership.


  • If we must cancel due to inclement weather, that day will be rescheduled at the end of the 8-week session
  • A $25 processing fee applies to ALL refunds
  • Full refunds (less the $25 fee) will be issued for cancellation requests received at least two weeks before the first class.
  • 50% refund (less the $25 fee) will be issued for cancellation requests received with less than two weeks notice before the first class.
  • Due to high demand and small group size, we cannot offer partial refunds if you miss a week.
  • ​Refunds due to major illness and/or family emergency will be considered on a case-by-case basis


  • We follow recommended state and local guidelines, subject to change
  • Effective March 7, 2022: MASKS are OPTIONAL (indoors & outdoors)

> We reserve the right to remove any child without refund due to unacceptable behavior, and to reschedule or change programs as needed.​