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Lake Metroparks
Home School

Home School Wednesdays are designed to provide a unique educational experience for home school students. Each month we will investigate science, nature or farming through the use of age-appropriate, hands-on learning adventures in science, social studies, nutrition and math at four Lake Metroparks park locations.

Separate programs are offered for ages 5 to 8 and 9 to 12.

New this year!

Programs held at
• Farmpark
• Penitentiary Glen Reservation
• Chapin Forest Reservation
• Environmental Learning   

Map & Directions

Homeschool offerings 2010-11  
Erosion: Environmental Learning Center
Students will use stream tables to investigate soil erosion and methods used to control the erosion. Students will hike to Jordan Creek to see real erosion and deposition and use GPS units to find a geo-cache treasure of real erosion examples. September 8th
9:00-11:00 am
and 12:30-2:30 pm
Machines on the Farm Farmpark
Investigate how tractors and farm machinery work. Discover simple machines in these complex masterpieces. Tour the new machinery barn and The Grain Place to investigate simple machines and calculate the mechanical advantage of levers and pulleys. September 22nd
Ages 5-8 & 9-12
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cleveland Rocks* Chapin Forest Reservation
Explore rock ledges and discover signs of glaciations, erosion and quarrying activities that shaped the land. Conduct tests to discover mineral properties. Enjoy breathtaking views of Lake Erie and ancient beach ridges. October 6th
*for ages 9 to 12 only
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Measurement: Environmental Learning Center
Students will test their hypotheses using objects of various sizes and shapes, balances to measure mass, and graduated cylinders to measure volume. Young scientists will investigate different techniques for finding volume, and learn how to find the volume of a human! November 10th
9:00-10:30 am
and 1:00-2:30 pm
Ice Cream Making Farmpark
Let’s make ice cream! Students investigate the history, science, nutrition and math of ice cream making. Discover how to change the physical properties of milk into an icy treat. Find out how ingredients from cows, vanilla beans and fruit are grown. Then shake up a tasty ice cream treat. December 8
Ages 5-8 & 9-12
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cross-country Ski Adventure Chapin Forest Reservation
Learn to love wintry life in the Snowbelt! Cross-country skiing is a great way to enjoy winter and exercise at the same time. All equipment and instruction is provided. January 5
Ages 9-12
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Snowshoe Adventure Chapin Forest Reservation
Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years. It started as a way to get around to hunt for or gather food. Now it’s for fun! Learn to walk, turn, travel and play snowshoe games. Wear your regular outdoor winter boots—the snowshoes fit over them. We supply the snowshoes and instruction. Offered April 27th
and 12:30-2:30 pm
Walk About Wildlife/ Feathers, Fur & Scales Penitentiary Glen Reservation
Walk About Wildlife/Feathers, Fur & Scales - Discover who's in the wildlife yard and find out what happens in wildlife rehabilitation. Learn about our animal ambassadors' personal stories and see some mammals, reptiles and birds of prey among Ohio's endangered species.

This program is for the student only - parents do not need to stay.
February 23
Ages 5-12
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Discover Maple Syrup Farmpark
Discover the history and technology of maple syrup making. Learn how sap gets from the tree to your table. Younger students listen to a story about maple sugar making, investigate tree parts and make a craft. Older students discover the structure and function of tree parts and learn how sap is produced by investigating a slice of tree trunk. March 2
Ages 5-8 & 9-12
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
GPS Safari Chapin Forest Reservation
Enjoy this entertaining adventure game for Global Positioning System beginners. Learn how satellites are used to locate positions on earth. Use GPS units to enter longitude and latitude coordinates to locate way points to find caches and prize sites. April 13
Ages 9-12
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Watershed I: Environmental Learning Center
Students gain an understanding of how watersheds are defined and the role that the hydrological cycle has on watershed health. They will practice assessing stream health by investigating biotic and abiotic factors and testing water quality. Offered April 27th
and 12:30-2:30 pm
Springtime on the Farm Farmpark
Experience the hustle and bustle of spring on the farm. Plant potatoes, transplant seedlings and watch sheep sheering. Learn how technology has changed planting methods on the American farm. May 11
Ages 5-8 & 9-12
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fishing Adventure Veterans Park
This is a program that all kids will fall for hook, line and sinker! We’ve got the pond, the fish, the poles and we’ll even bring the worms. Explore our local ecosystems and identify food chains and food webs. All fish caught will be released back into the water. May 18
Ages 5-12
10:00 am - 11:00 am
To register for these programs, call 440-358-7275 or visit