The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Nature Explorers

Are you looking for a nature immersion experience for your homeschooler that aligns with natural science learning standards? The Ridges Sanctuary Presents: Nature Explorers

This program is specifically designed for homeschool students in grades 1, 2 and 3.


Develop comfort and resilience in nature. 

Grow in awareness and knowledge of the natural world. 


Core Activities

Morning Greeting

Discussion of Plan for Collaborative Inquiry

Destination Hike for Inquiry

Exploration and Investigation

Journal Writing


Daily schedule: 

Each day includes hiking, investigation and exploration, documentation of exploration, sit spots and journaling, and sharing stories.

Each program will have a different focus but build off of the previous session. We encourage your students to participate in all five programs if you are able.