Fairbanks Museum educators work with homeschool groups to offer a range of learning activities that explore topics such as the night sky, Vermont mammals, whales, bats, animal architecture, the universe, simple machines, outer space and more. Each day includes a museum class, time for snack, and then a field trip. Students will make use of our amazing museum galleries, our extensive outdoor campus, and other natural environments in St. Johnsbury and the Northeast Kingdom.
Our focus is on experiences that make learning fun and memorable for learners in grades K–8. Homeschool families can come individually or in a group to join one of our regularly scheduled programs. We encourage parents to come with their children for the museum classes and/or the beginner hikes our field trip participants will take around the Northeast Kingdom.
Each session will cost $8 when purchased individually. However, we also offer a 2019-2020 Homeschool Membership for 9 months of Friday classes for $50 per child.
This membership is for homeschool students attending homeschool Fridays only. It does not count as a museum membership. From the time you sign-up, it will be good through June 2019.
Please register for our program and email list here.
Outline of A Typical Day
- 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Planetarium or Museum Class
- 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM Snack
- 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Transport to Field Trip Location
- 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM Field Trip
- 1:30 PM to 2:00 PM Pickup at Field Trip Location
2019-2020 Homeschool Dates
September 13: Designing Human Spaces for the Stars
Planetarium Class: Living in Space (K-8)
Field Trip: Mobile Medical in St. Johnsbury, VT
October 11: The Science of Halloween
Museum Class: Fuzzy Fliers: The Incredible Lives of Bats (K-4)/Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies (5-8)
Field Trip: Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, VT
November 22: Astronomy Through the Ages
Planetarium Class: From Stonehenge to the Great Pyramid: Ancient Astronomy Sites (K-8)
Field Trip: Northern Skies Observatory in Peacham, VT
December 20: The Human Organism
Museum Class: The Human Habitat (K-4)/Putting the Pop in Population (5-8)
Field Trip: Green Banks Hollow Covered Bridge in Danville, VT
January 10: Native American History
Planetarium Class: Native American Star Stories (K-8)
Field Trip: Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe in Shelburne, VT
February 21: Vermont Natural History
Museum Class: The First Vermonters: A History of the Abenaki People (K-8)
Field Trip: Passumpsic Village in Barnet, VT
March 13: Group Planetarium Choice and Solar System Walk Day
Planetarium Class: Planetarium Show on Topic by Group Request (K-8)
Field Trip: Rankin’s Farm in Danville, VT
April 10: Vermont Animals and Plants
Museum Class: Vermont Mammals in Winter (K-4)/Geometry in Nature (5-8)
Field Trip: Town Forest in St. Johnsbury, VT
May 8: The Ocean
Museum Class: Dar they Blow!: The Whales of the World: Grades K-8 (K-4)/Coral Communities (5-8)
Field Trip: Potluck BBQ final party in the back yard of the Fairbanks Museum
(Rain Date) June 5 – TBD