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Homeschool Classes

Birmingham Zoo Homeschool Academy

The Birmingham Zoo has exciting and in-depth homeschool classes for students in 4K through 9th grade. These classes may include animal interactions, class discussion, in-class work, labs, and guided tours of the Zoo. Classes will provide each student with a one of a kind learning experience to enhance his or her love of nature and animals. Homeschool classes are designed to build on one another, but students are not required to attend all classes.

Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly. The 4K-K class has a maximum limit of 10 students. All other classes have a maximum limit of 20 students.  Please register by 12pm the day before the scheduled class to guarantee a spot. All classes require a minimum of 3 participants. In the event that a class does not have 3 children registered, you will be notified that the class is cancelled.

For further details regarding registration, discounts and more, click the Information Packet button below.

Questions:

If you have questions about the Homeschool Academy classes, or you are having trouble registering, the Education Department is here to help! Please call 205-397-3877 or email education@birminghamzoo.com for assistance.

To register, please click here.

Information Packet

Homeschool Academy 2015-2016 Classes, Dates and Themes


 

4K-K Homeschool Class

Class Time:
Tuesdays 9:30 – 11:00AM

Cost:
Price per class: $12 for Members; $16 for Non-Members
Price per semester: $70 for Members; $98 for Non-Members

New! graphicPlease note that all students attending these classes must be age four by August 31, 2015 and must be bathroom trained.
This class will include a variety of topics related to animals and how they survive. Individual classes will explore topics such as animal groups, animal homes, lifecycles and food chains. Students will have opportunities to work together and independently in these classes.

Class Schedule

Topic Tuesday 9:30 – 11:00
Living and Non-Living Things Sep 22
Animal Groups Oct 6
Wild and Domestic Animals Oct 20
Animal Coverings Nov 3
Animal Homes Dec 1
Animal Senses Dec 15

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1st – 2nd Grade Homeschool Classes

Class Time:
Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Cost:
Price per class: $12 for Members; $16 for Non-Members
Price per semester: $70 for Members; $98 for Non-Members

This class will include a variety of topics related to conservation. Individual classes will explore topics centered around land and marine animals, examining traits, adaptations and conservation related to those animals.

Class Schedule

Topic Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30
Introduction to Conservation  Sep 23
In Our Own Backyard Oct 7
Amphibians and Reptiles Oct 21
Birds and Butterflies Nov 4
Insects, Spiders and Invertebrates Dec 2
Mammals Dec 16

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3rd-4th grade Homeschool Classes

Class Time:
Wednesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost:
Price per class: $12 for Members; $16 for Non-Members
Price per semester: $70 for Members; $98 for Non-Members

This class will include a variety of topics related to conservation. Individual classes will explore topics centered around plants and animals and how they are connected. Students will also learn how conservation plays a role in survival.

Class Schedule

Topic Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00
Introduction to Conservation Sept 23
Alabama Wildlife Oct 7
Habitats Oct 21
Survival Nov 4
Plants Dec 2
Plans and Animals Dec 16

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5th-6th grade Homeschool Classes

Class Time:
Wednesday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost:
Price per class: $12 for Members; $16 for Non-Members
Price per semester: $70 for Members; $98 for Non-Members

This class will include a variety of topics related to conservation. Individual classes will explore topics centered around plants and animals, ecosystems, biodiversity, and human impact. Students will also learn how conservation plays an important role in ensuring survival.

Class Schedule

Topic Wednesday 1:00 – 3:00
Animal Ambassadors Sept 16
Ecosystems Sept 30
Alabama Ecosystems and Conservation Oct 14
Food Webs Oct 28
Plants Nov 18
Water green dotDec 9

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7th-9th grade Homeschool Classes

Class Time:
Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Cost:
Price per class: $12 for Members; $16 for Non-Members
Price per semester: $70 for Members; $98 for Non-Members

This class will include a variety of topics related to conservation. Individual classes will explore topics centered around plants and animals, their roles in the ecosystems and how they are impacted by each other and humans. Students will also learn how conservation plays an important role in ensuring survival and how they can help to make a difference.

Class Schedule

Topic Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30
Introduction to Conservation Sept 16
Biomes and Ecosystems Sept 30
Alabama Ecosystems and Conservation Oct 14
Native Plants Oct 28
Water Cycle Nov 18
Keystone Species Dec 9

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Additional Forms:

Education Class Sign In/Out Form: Once registered, complete this form and bring it to the first class attended.

Education Class Request to Self-Medicate Form: For children needing to take medication, please complete this form and follow the instructions to send it to the Education Department.