Homeschool Naturalists

We are excited to announce the expansion of our Homeschool Program offerings this year! While you don’t need to be a homeschooler to access these programs, you can expect the same level of experiential learning and naturalist knowledge that has consistently served and supported our homeschool community.

This year’s theme of Nature Explorations will carry through each of our programs to provide a holistic look at how we can explore the world around us. Each program is unique and designed to support and complement all programs in this series. We hope you join us for one or more!

Registration for the 2020-21 school year is open! See below for all of our program options, calendar, and registration information.

PROGRAM UPDATE 10/26/20All in-person youth programs have been suspended at this time due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in our area. All Homeschool Programs have been adapted to virtual formats. Class start times will be the same and Zoom links will be included in course reminder emails. 

Naturalists Program, PreK-8th grade

The Naturalists Program* serves PreK-8th grades and meets once a month September through May. These classes are for students who enjoy learning natural history topics through exploration, discussion, nature journaling, and discovery.

Maximum class size: 15 students for in-person, 30 students for virtual

Cost: $90 per student**; includes 9 classes. 

Days & Times:

Homeschool students roasting marshmallows at the end of their naturalist lesson on fire ecology.

Outdoor Naturalists, 1st-5th grade

Our Outdoor Naturalists* class meets once a month (September to May) in a natural area within 10 miles of Missoula’s downtown. Each gathering is outdoors and will include activities designed to spark exploration, discovery, and stewardship of our natural environment. This is the perfect class for children who love to explore and learn about the natural world around them!

Maximum class size: 15 students

Cost: $90/student**; includes 9 classes

Day & Time: 1st Wednesdays, 1:00-2:30pm* 

Register here.

miniNaturalists learning about rocks

Museum Naturalists, 1st-5th grade

The Museum Naturalists* program provides monthly opportunities for families to explore the Montana Natural History Center’s exhibits and specimens through guided exploration. This program is designed for families that prefer to attend programs on a drop-in basis and students who love to learn about the natural world around them!

Maximum class size: 15 students

Cost: $15/family/month

Day & Time: This program will begin when the Montana Natural History Center reopens to the public.

Winter Extravaganza Camp

Naturalist Explorers, 1st-5th grade

Our Naturalist Explorers* class meets for the first three weeks of each month for deep dives into the natural world around us. Students will have naturalist instruction supported with activities and lessons to encourage students to explore the world outside their doors! This class is designed for students who love to become experts on naturalist topics.

Maximum class size: 15 students for in-person, 30 for virtual

Cost: $45/student/month**; includes 3 classes

 Naturalist Explorers Day & Time: 

1st, 2nd, 3rd Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am (virtual)

1st, 2nd, 3rd Thursdays, 2:00-3:00pm (in person)*

Monthly Themes & Registration Links:

September 3, 10, 17: Geology
Virtual Registration Closed

October 1, 8, 15: Outdoor Explorations
Virtual Registration Closed

November 5, 12, 19: Thanking Nature
Virtual Registration Closed

December 3, 10, 17: Welcoming Winter
Virtual Registration Closed

*Due to Covid-19 precautions, all in-person programs will require participants to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth while indoors or within 10 feet of other participants or leaders. Additionally, all in-person programs may be modified to a virtual format dependent on Montana Natural History Center’s Covid-19 safety procedures.

**3+ Sibling Discount – 50% off for each additional sibling after two

Questions? Please use our online form below or contact Bailey Zook at 327.0405 ext. 208.

Homeschool Naturalists