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Home School & Enrichment Workshops

6-9 Year-Old Learners

All classes run on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00pm

September 27: Kingdom Animalia.  Students will explore how scientists classify animals! Learn from real animals including the museum’s permanent collection.

October 11: Popping Through the Garden.  What is the difference between a bug, an insect, and a spider? Lets examine and create your own examples.

October 25: Missing Moths. Can you find the camouflaged moth? Lets study moths in depth. Students will graph results of their investigations.

November 8: Table Manners. Learn about arthropod mouth parts. Examine specimens from the museum’s permanent collection and complete a project to take home.

November 29: Isopods.  Hot Foot, Cold Foot? Isopods are crustaceans that live on land and breathe through gills. Study their reactions to physical stimuli in this class.

December 13: “Fishful” Thinking. Get up close with a gold sh, and examine this vertebrate. Students will examine sh in the museum’s permanent collection.

10 & Up Learners

All classes run on Thursdays from 2:00-4:00pm

September 20: Layering the Unknown Density critical to science and engineering careers. Density is not the same as weight…so what is it? Create a colorful column with layers of liquids to challenge your thinking about density.

October 4: Mixing Secret Formulas. You are a chemist. Use density is to make predictions, and create your formula. Which liquids will oat on top of other liquids?

October 18 Testing Your Predictions! Students will create mixtures building on their understanding of density. Learn to calculate den- sities, and how to use that information to make accurate predictions. Observe the effect of heat on density.

November 1: Convection in Water. Without convection there would be no wind, no ocean currents, no mountains! Students will trace convection currents in water and apply their knowledge to explain currents near the ocean bottom.

November 15: Getting the Whole Picture Even magma deep inside the earth is heated unevenly, resulting in convection currents. Students will perform tests to demonstrate these processes.

December 6: Convection and Wind. Uneven heating of the atmosphere produces huge convection currents that a span thousands of miles, creating the major wind pattern s on the planet. Student activities will demonstrate this process

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Meet Your Teacher!


Mrs. Betsy Carlson

Burpee’s home school lead teacher is Betsy Carlson. She has a Masters in Education from Ohio University, and has been a Burpee educator since
2003. She is an enthusiastic member of the home school community
and was a keynote speaker at the international home school conference this summer.

Registration Details

Preregistration and prepayment is required for all classes. Register online at Burpee. org, or by phone (815) 965-3433. Space is limited, register early!

General Public

$16 for one student per class
($13 for each additional sibling)
$80 per semester (September-December) (18% savings applies for additional siblings)

Burpee Museum Members

$12 for one student per class
($9 for each additional sibling)

$60 per semester (September-December) (25% savings applies for additional siblings)