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Homeschool Headquarters

Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Homeschool Tuesdays start in September!

Homeschooling is a path toward academic achievement and consistency. Join our education team for insightful and inspiring learning that delivers core concepts and keeps students seeking more. Fairbanks Museum educators work with homeschool families to offer a range of learning activities that explore natural history, astronomy, weather & climate, and other STEM topics.

Please read through these options and guidelines carefully. Because each guided instruction group size is limited, your child must be regisered and full payment must be received in advance. If payment is not received the week before your program, we will offer the space to someone on the waiting list.

Safety is our priority. Our class sizes are limited and all materials are kept clean for your health and protection.

Homeschool Day is dedicated to families seeking STEM enrichment outside of a school environment. Each Homeschool Tuesday includes 1-hour guided learning with an instructor plus an independent Naturalist's project (artifact from our collections for illustration or close examination, treasure hunt, puzzle, or other self-directed activity). Because space in these programs is limited, students must be registered and paid in advance for each Homeschool program.

Our focus is on experiences that make learning fun and memorable for 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 every child must be accompanied by an adult on field excursions. If health concerns require more virtual learning, we've got that covered through a variety of age-appropriate live stream and recorded programs.

Homeschool Tuesdays (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM) include

  • Access to all of the galleries in the Fairbanks Museum
  • Hands-on learning with a Fairbanks Museum educator
    • 1st Tuesday: grades K -2
    • 2nd Tuesday: grades 3 - 5
    • 3rd Tuesday: grades 6 - 8
    • 4th Tuesday: Field Excursion for all levels
  • Naturalist's Corner (all levels, every Tuesday, no registration required): Craft or activity related to the program topic of the day, led by one of the museum's science educators.
  • Access to hand-washing stations and bathrooms
  • Access to picnic tables
  • Free admission for adult chaperones (required for children under 5)

Field Excursions (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) include

  • Educator who leads an exploration of a pond, field, or forest
  • 2 hours of instruction
  • Pre-field trip preparation materials
  • Directions to the location and free public parking

Costs for all guided instruction (at the Museum or in the field)

  • $10/student
  • $8/student sibling discount
  • $100 Homeschool Membership (12 Homeschool passes + Family Membership = best deal) You'll receive a punchcard for 12 classes, access to the Museum for your entire family on any Homeschool Day, and all of the benefits of Fairbanks Museum Family Membership.

Registration is required. Please register online and pay for each program in advance. Your total cost will reflect the number of students and the number of programs you select -- enter this amount in the custom field if you choose to pay for each program. Homeschool Membership offers the most cost-effective way to take advantage of our programs. If the program you'd like to take is full, please send an email to Karina Weiss to be placed on a waiting list.

Here are some examples of costs for multiple children and multiple classes without Homeschool Membership:

number of students 1 class 2 classes 3 classes
1 ($10/class) $10 $20 $30
2 ($8/class)  $16 $32 $48
3 ($8/class) $24 $48 $72
4 ($8/class) $32 $64 $96

Questions? To learn more, contact Karina Weiss.register now

Homeschool Tuesdays

  • Nov. 1: Pumpkins and Squash and Gourds, Oh My! (K-2)
  • Nov. 8: TBD Weather Program (3-5)
  • Nov. 15: Hands-on Astronomy Lesson (6-8)
  • Nov. 22: No homeschool programming today
  • FULL Nov. 29: Offsite Meadow and Forest Field Excursion (All Ages)
  • Dec 6: TBD Weather Program (K-2nd grade) 
  • Dec 13:  Choose Your Own Space Adventure (3-5th grade) 
  • Dec 20:  The Taxonomic Shuffle (6-8th grade)

No in-person classes in January due to museum renovations. We will have a Winter Camp-in-a-box available with activities geared toward ages 5-10. 

  • Feb 7:  Constellations & Cultures (K-2nd grade)
  • Feb 14: Animal Love Languages (3-5th grade)
  • Feb 21: TBD Weather Program (6-8th grade) 
SOLD OUT
Winter Animals Camp-in-a-box details:
For the month of January, the museum will be closed for renovations, and our in-person homeschool programs will not be not feasible. To bring the learning beyond the Museum's walls, we gathered some of our favorite discovery gear to prepare a winter “camp-in-a-box” to keep your kiddos busy! This box is packed with fun crafts and educational activities that focus on how animals have developed strategies to survive the cold. Your child will also take a close look at animal footprints and use their own track stamps to create an exciting and mysterious winter scene.

This activity box is geared toward ages 5-10.

The cost per box is $30 for homeschool members and $40 for non-members. Each box contains tools and activities for one child.
 

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