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Homeschool events for the 2014-2015 school year

by rochelle on Aug. 5th, 2014 3 Comments

Are you a homeschool parent or coordinator?
Here is some of the information you might need to bring your students to the Academy this year


 
Event details for Homeschool Day on Thursday, September 18, 2014!

 
Skulls Exhibit EntranceRegistration will open at 8:00 AM on August 26, 2014.
 
Read our Registration Guide for all the details about the event and how to sign up.

 
If you are interested in a hand-on lab program, read all about the fall offerings in the Reserved Programs Guide
 
Receive event information directly to your email by signing up for our homeschool email list. Simply fill out this form.

 
Can’t make it this September?
Visit us at our spring event on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 or organize a group to visit the museum at any time of year! Homeschoolers qualify for our CA Youth Group discount program when you bring 10 or more homeschool students and their parents. For more information and to submit an application, visit our youth group website.

Homeschool Day on April 8, 2014

by rochelle on Feb. 22nd, 2014 No Comments

Join us on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, for a special day when we invite homeschool students, ages 4- 17, and their families to to get into the Academy at a special discounted price and engage in science through presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on programs.

Touch Tank

Registration Information
 
Tickets will be available online starting at 8 am on March 12.
Homeschool admission for all families outside of San Francisco is only $6.95 for all children (ages 4-17) and up to two adults. San Francisco homeschool children (ages 4-17) and up to two adults can attend for free.

Reserved Programs require an additional fee and have limited availability.

Pre-registration is required to attend the event. Tickets will be available online starting March 12 at www.calacademy.org/homeschoolday. Reservations for our reserved programs will be taken over the phone (877-227-3311) starting at 8 am on March 12, 2014.

For all the details about registration, be sure to read our Registration Guide!
 
 
Discover Academy Animals
Homeschool Day is full of drop-in programs and places where you can learn more about the habitats and organisms on display at the Academy. Ask a biologist about our penguins, sharks, or coral reef fish as the animals are fed. Or, get your hands into a tidepool!
See our Registration Guide for more details about our exhibits and programs.
 
Reserved Programs
Be a scientist for the day in our hands-on programming. This spring look inside a squid or use the tools of a field biologist to explore the outdoors. We even have an astronomy show just for our homeschool families.
Learn more about the specific programs being offered in our Reserved Programs Guide.

 
Contact Us

For questions about homeschool events, email homeschool@calacademy.org.
 
For many of the most frequently asked questions about homeschool day registration and the event, see our Registration Guide and the Event FAQ.

 
Links to Important Homeschool Information

Homeschool events in the 2013-2014 school year!

by rochelle on Aug. 26th, 2013 2 Comments

Are you a homeschool parent or coordinator? Here is some of the information you might need to bring your students to the Academy

Save the date for our Fall and Spring Homeschool Days!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Click here for information on the December 9 Homeschool Day

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Homeschool DayHomeschool Days are the perfect opportunity for home schooling families to visit the Academy at discounted prices.

For these special events, we schedule an impressive amount of daily programming from opening to close: presentations, demonstrations, tours, shows, and hands-on classes. Read this post from last year’s Homeschool Day to get a sense for what we offer at these events.


We will post more information on this website about 2 months prior to each event. Registration itself won’t open until about a month before the event.

Receive event information directly to your email by signing up for our homeschool email list. Simply fill out this form

 
Can’t make it to our homeschool events?
Organize a group to visit the museum at any time of year! Homeschoolers qualify for our CA Youth Group discount program when you bring 10 or more homeschool students and their parents. For more information and to submit an application, visit our youth group website.

Or come to one of our quarterly free days on September 29, 2013 and December 8, 2013 (the day before our first Homeschool Day!)

The Ordinary, Extraordinary Junco: Evolution in Action

by megan on Jul. 10th, 2013 No Comments

Juncos are among the most common and most abundant “backyard birds” found across North America, and they are easily observable by millions of people daily. Did you know that they also tell an exciting evolutionary story?

The Ordinary Extraordinary Junco is a documentary film project designed to engage, entertain, and inspire student and adult audiences of all backgrounds. The feature-length film (88 min.) is comprised of eight shorter video modules (3 to 20 min.), or “chapters,” that highlight past and present biological research on one of the most common and abundant –yet amazing and diverse – groups of songbirds in North America, the Juncos.

Each video chapter explores key themes in animal behavior, ecology, or evolution, and conveys the process of scientific research with high school and college science standards in mind. Related educational resources are available to facilitate classroom or self-directed (e.g., homework) use.

There is also a teacher guide!

Ordinary Extraordinary Junco

What: A film highlighting research on a common yet amazing group of backyard birds, the Juncos

Run Time: 88 minutes total, but comprised of eight shorter video chapters (3 to 20 min. each)

Created for public and student audiences of all backgrounds and ages

Key themes: evolution, animal behavior, ecology, and the research process

Designed with science and biology education standards in mind (high school and college)

Produced by biologists and filmmakers from Indiana University

Funded by the National Science Foundation and Indiana University

And it’s all available for free!

Read more here

Animal Observations at Homeschool Day

by rochelle on Apr. 26th, 2013 4 Comments

We want to thank everyone who attended our spring Homeschool Day on Tuesday, April 23!

The Academy was hopping with Homeschoolers and their families learning in the Academy exhibits, discovering in the Naturalist Center, and observing our animals to collect data. Read more about the activities available at this event HERE.

Save the Date!

Our next Homeschool Day events will take place on Monday, December 9, 2013 and Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

For those who were not at our Homeschool Day event this spring, we invited all attendees to take some time to explore some of the animals at the Academy. Read on to see some of the great work that they did.

Reptiles!
Younger learners collected observations on adaptations of reptiles in our Rainforest and Aquarium. Here is the activity guide they used to find their way.

Those who shared their data found reptiles in many colors of the rainbow! See a picture of the chart they made:

Did you see a reptile in the Rainforest or Aquarium? If so, tell us about what colors you saw and how those colors help it survive in its habitat? (You can use the comment option below to tell us!)

Bird Behavior
Older homeschoolers were invited to be an Academy biologist for the day and take careful observations of the behaviors of some of the live birds that we have in our Academy exhibits.

Using this worksheet, kids made tallys of penguin and macaw behaviors.

We compiled all the results into graphs that you can use to compare what you observed at Homeschool Day to what other homeschoolers observed on the same day! See the results here.

Let us know what types of behaviors you and your family saw at Homeschool Day! (Use the comments section below to share what penguin and macaw behaviors you observed.)

For questions about homeschool events, email homeschool@calacademy.org.
If you wish to receive homeschool event updates directly to your email, you can sign up for our homeschool email list by sending us a note at homeschool@calacademy.org.