Grove Homeschool Week 2021

dates

May 10-14

location

The Grove National Historic Landmark
1421 Milwaukee Ave. Glenview, IL 60025

register

Call Judy at 224-521-2105

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Back by popular demand, The Grove is dedicating one week exclusively for Homeschoolers to experience our hands-on programs! Historical and Environmental Educational programs are available for homeschoolers in grades K-8. For more information or to register for a program please contact Judy 224-521-2105.

Registration takes place April 26-30, 2021. Late registrants may be accepted based on availability. Please note, payment in full is required at time of registration. Due to the guidelines on social distancing, we are asking families to stay together for each program and will be charged per person for all ages, as we have to keep class size to 15 participants. Masks must be worn by all participants for the duration of the program. Refunds will only be given in the event of a program cancellation by The Grove. To see a video of our field trips, please click here.

program descriptions, by day

Select a day to see what’s available

9:30-11:30 am
Birds of Prey
Discover the remarkable world of raptors as we focus on hawks and owls! Learn how these birds have specific adaptations that make them successful as hunters. You’ll examine artifacts such as talons, beaks and feathers and then take to the trails to look for birds of prey in the wild.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional participant $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Pond Study
Discover the different types of ecosystems at The Grove, and exactly what lives in our wetland systems. Students will collect samples of pond water and identify what animals can be found in our wetland systems.
Who: All Ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional participant $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

 

1-3 pm
Schoolhouse
Travel back in time and learn what school was like in the 1850s. Experience a typical school day in our reproduction one-room schoolhouse, where a schoolmarm or school master will lead students through lessons in history, math, spelling and geography using slate boards and quill pens.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Pack Your Wagon
Imagine having to load up your car for a trip across the country. Would you be able to pack enough food, clothing and supplies to last for weeks at a time? The pioneers did just that as the moved westward. Work together to determine what’s important enough to bring along and what can be left behind as you pack The Grove’s wagon for the big trip!
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

9:30 am-11:30am
Animal Habitats and Life Cycles
Learn about all the living organisms and how their basic needs are met in the different types of habitats at The Grove. A walk on the trails will explore the woodlands, wetland and prairie habitats with an investigation into what lives in the soil.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Log Cabin
Do you think it’s possible for a family of 6 to live together in one or two rooms? Students will discover what life was like living in a 1850s log cabin, and what children were expected to do—from tin punch to drawing water from a well—these hands-on experiences will make students appreciate the difference between pioneer life and the modern world!
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Dynamic Earth
This exciting program explores the forces of the earth! Learn all about land formation, plate tectonics and what makes up our soil. Hands-on activities include rock, mineral and fossil investigations as well as a geology trail walk to discover how glaciers shaped our area.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

 

1-3 pm
Nature Detectives
What happens to plants and animals in the winter and in the spring? Join us as we look for signs of the changing seasons. We will be walking the trails for a part of this program, so please dress for the weather.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Pond Study
Discover the different types of ecosystems at The Grove, and exactly what lives in our wetland systems. Students will collect samples of pond water and identify what animals can be found in our wetland systems.
Who: All Ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional participant $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Native North Americans
Learn all about the Potawatomi Indian culture and heritage, and the historical ties between this native group and the settlers around The Grove. Explore the traditions of the area’s Native Americans and how they impacted the land, and try your hand at using some of their tools and playing some of their games.
Who: Grades 4-8
Fee: $16 adult + child, each additional child $8 (within same family)

9:30 am-11:30 am
Log Cabin
Do you think it’s possible for a family of 6 to live together in one or two rooms? Students will discover what life was like living in a 1850s log cabin, and what children were expected to do—from tin punch to drawing water from a well—these hands-on experiences will make students appreciate the difference between pioneer life and the modern world!
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Pack Your Wagon
Imagine having to load up your car for a trip across the country. Would you be able to pack enough food, clothing and supplies to last for weeks at a time? The pioneers did just that as the moved westward. Work together to determine what’s important enough to bring along and what can be left behind as you pack The Grove’s wagon for the big trip!
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Schoolhouse
Travel back in time and learn what school was like in the 1850s. Experience a typical school day in our reproduction one-room schoolhouse, where a schoolmarm or school master will lead students through lessons in history, math, spelling and geography using slate boards and quill pens.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

 

1-3 pm
Reptiles and Amphibians
Come face to face with some snakes and turtles in this fun program! Students will learn about reptiles and amphibians and discover the similarities and differences between them. An identification activity uses a simple taxonomic key and features unforgettable encounters with our residents “herps.”
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Animal Habitats and Life Cycles
Learn about all the living organisms and how their basic needs are met in the different types of habitats at The Grove. A walk on the trails will explore the woodlands, wetland and prairie habitats with an investigation into what lives in the soil.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

9:30-11:30 am
Native North Americans
Learn all about the Potawatomi Indian culture and heritage, and the historical ties between this native group and the settlers around The Grove. Explore the traditions of the area’s Native Americans and how they impacted the land, and try your hand at using some of their tools and playing some of their games.
Who: Grades 4-8
Fee: $16 adult + child, each additional child $8 (within same family)

Civil War
Step back in time to the Civil War era in this unique hands-on program. Our first-person interpreters will teach your students about camp life and medicine on the Civil War battlefields through activities, artifacts and demonstrations. They’ll learn about life at home, as well, in the historic 1850s Kennicott House.
Who: Grades 4-8
Fee: $16 adult + child, each additional child $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 30/15

Feathers and Fur
Learn how mammals and birds have adapted to survive in different types of environments. Explore the world of birds and discover beak and feet diversity and the unique characteristics of feathers. Activities with mammal artifacts include investigating fur and skulls. Dress for the weather to hit the trails and look for some of these interesting creatures.
Who: Grades K-3
Fee: $16 adult + child, each additional child $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 30/15

 

1-3 pm
Letterboxing
Letterboxing is a fun way to go on a nature hike and explore new places at the same time. Each participant will receive a journal and learn how and where to find Letterboxes. Then they’ll hit the trails to search for The Grove’s Letterboxes.
Who: Grades K-8
Fee: $18 adult + child, each additional child $9 (within same family)
Max/Min: 22/15

Civil War
Step back in time to the Civil War era in this unique hands-on program. Our first-person interpreters will teach your students about camp life and medicine on the Civil War battlefields through activities, artifacts and demonstrations. They’ll learn about life at home, as well, in the historic 1850s Kennicott House.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Reptiles and Amphibians
Come face to face with some snakes and turtles in this fun program! Students will learn about reptiles and amphibians and discover the similarities and differences between them. An identification activity uses a simple taxonomic key and features unforgettable encounters with our residents “herps.”
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

9:30-11:30 am
Native North Americans
Learn all about the Potawatomi Indian culture and heritage, and the historical ties between this native group and the settlers around The Grove. Explore the traditions of the area’s Native Americans and how they impacted the land, and try your hand at using some of their tools and playing some of their games.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Civil War
Step back in time to the Civil War era in this unique hands-on program. Our first-person interpreters will teach your students about camp life and medicine on the Civil War battlefields through activities, artifacts and demonstrations. They’ll learn about life at home, as well, in the historic 1850s Kennicott House.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

GSI (Grove Scene Investigations)
Dissect an owl pellet as part of your investigation into the crime that was committed at The Grove. To solve the case, students learn about predator/prey relationships and use this understanding to eliminate suspects to come to a logical conclusion.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

Letterboxing
Letterboxing is a fun way to go on a nature hike and explore new places at the same time. Each participant will receive a journal and learn how and where to find Letterboxes. Then they’ll hit the trails to search for The Grove’s Letterboxes.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8

 

1-3 pm
Nature Detectives
What happens to plants and animals in the winter and in the spring? Join us as we look for signs of the changing seasons. We will be walking the trails for a part of this program, so please dress for the weather.
Who: All ages
Fee: $16 first adult + child pair, each additional person $8 (within same family)
Max/Min: 15/8