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Homeschool Series

The winter homeschool series will be a six week series that will meet on Thursdays in January, February and March from 1:00pm -2:00pm. Ages 5-11 are welcome to attend. Parents can stay for the program or drop off their children for the hour. Each class will consist of indoor and outdoor time; parents should plan for their children to spend some time outside in winter weather and should dress appropriately.


Thursday, January 24th: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Rainforest Ecology: Rainforests are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Participants will learn the difference between tropical and temperate rainforests, meet a variety of plants that call these habitats home and gain knowledge on how to protect these fragile ecosystems for generations to come.

Thursday, January 31st: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Desert Ecology: Hot days and cold nights make surviving in the desert a difficult task. Participants will learn how succulents have evolved not only to survive, but flourish in this harsh habitat. Learning about desert flora and fauna is a great way to learn about plant and animal defenses. Children will learn about how each desert in our world has its own special characteristics.


Thursday, February 7th: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Science of Snow: Why does the outside world become silent during a snow storm? What causes each snowflake to have its own unique pattern and shape? What kind of plants grow in places where it is winter all year round? We may not have a lot of snow on the ground here in Connecticut this winter but that won’t stop us from learning everything we can about winter’s greatest treasure.

Thursday, February 14th: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conifers and Cones: Do all conifers keep their needles throughout the winter time? Why is conifer sap so sticky? What is the tallest species of conifer in Connecticut? Why are there so many different shapes and sizes of cones? Participants will meet a variety of coniferous species growing on the Arboretum’s property and take a closer look at different types of needles under microscopes. We will also learn how to measure trees from the ground and look for the tallest conifer at the Arboretum.

Thursday, February 28th: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Skunk Cabbage and Wetland Ecology: How does Skunk Cabbage flower in the middle of winter? What allows this powerful plant to melt snow and ice? How long does Skunk Cabbage live for and how deep down do the roots grow? And why does it smell so bad? Skunk Cabbage is a celebrity plant among Arboretum staff. Participants will learn about Skunk Cabbage’s unique traits and about wetlands where this plant can be found growing.


Thursday, March 7th: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Signs of Spring: What does nature do to wake up from the cold, snowy winter months? What signs does it give us that warmer weather and longer days are on the horizon? What plants and animals first start to show signs of activity in the late winter early spring? Participants will search the Arboretum grounds for signs of springtime including early returning bird species, blooming crocuses and melting snow and ice into our rivers and streams.

Each class is $15 for member and $20 for non-members. Register for the entire series at a discount $80 for members and $100 non-members. Families registering more than one child can do so at a reduced rate which is $10 for members and $15 for non members.

Please register in advance by emailing or by calling (203) 322-6971