Homeschool Thursdays

New for the 2021-2022 school year, come out to CNCP on the third Thursday of the month for a drop-off program for children ages 6-10!

These programs build on each other, but you are not required to attend all sessions in the series. 

October 21st: Living and Non-Living

To know anything about our world, we need to know what it's made out of, and what the difference is between thing that are alive and things that aren't! Learn how to identify living and non-living things as you explore our trails and nature center!

November 10th: Plants

Plants, the producers of life. Learn about what they are, why they're important, and which plants you can find here on our trails and in your neighborhood!

December 16th: Animals

Fish, snails, insects, snakes, turtles, and you! Learn all about the different animals that live in Southwest Florida as you explore our nature center and meet some of our non-releasable rescue animals in person!

January 20th: Decomposers

Who eats poop? What happens to an animal or plant when it dies? Today we're talking about the natural recycling system of our world.

February 17th: Cycles

Water, rock, carbon, nitrogen, the cycles of our world are how the planet takes something that's been used and changes and moves it to where it can be used again.

March 17th: Weather

Cloudy skies, sunshiney days, hurricanes and blizzards? Where does weather come from and why is it so hard to predict? Learn how meteorologists study the planet in order to tell us if we need to bring an umbrella with us today.

April 21st: Space

It's not every day you get to see the stars in the morning! Today we'll be in our planetarium learning all about planets, constellations, and astronomy!

May 19th: Ecology

Everything around us is connected. Ecologists study biology, chemistry, geology, limnology, meteorology, and more! Learn about how we study our environment, why it's important, and what you can do to protect it.

Homeschool Thursday programs run from 10:00am-12:00pm and are for children ages 6-10.

Cost is $10 per child, or $9 for members.

Homeschool Thursday ticket prices do not include general CNCP admission, which can be purchased separately but is not required for this program. General CNCP admission is required for access to CNCP after the end of the program time. Proof of membership is required for the discount, please bring your membership card with you. 

Drop off is from 9:50-10:00am.

Pick up is from 12:00-12:10pm.

Please be prompt with drop off and pick up times. The program starts promptly at 10:00, and late arrivals will miss out on activities. Pick up time ends at 12:10, and any late pick up will be charged $5 for every $5 minutes after 12:10.

Homeschool Thursdays 

I have read the description of the Homeschool Thursday program experience offered at Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium and understand that drop-off time is 9:45am, pickup time is 12:00pm. Pickups after the end of the program will be charged by the 5-min increment ($5 for every 5 minutes past the designated pick-up time). I also understand that activities will be involved in my child's camp program; I find them acceptable for my child’s participation. Recognizing the educational benefits of this program to my child, and acknowledging that it is completely voluntary, I, the parent/guardian, do hereby agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium for any loss, injury or damage resulting directly or indirectly from my child's participation in this program. Pictures of the program, not identifying my child, may be used online to illustrate program activities and promote future programs. My acceptance and submission of this form constitutes my digital signature (paper waiver will be signed on the first day of program).