Tuesdays, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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. We want everyone to stay healthy, and that means cloth face coverings are required for all visitors, including students.
Homeschool Day is dedicated to families seeking STEM enrichment outside of a school environment. On Homeschool Days, the Museum is closed to the public, so you enjoy exclusive use of the Museum's galleries and classroom for guided instruction and informal learning. 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 - 2:00 PM)
- Exclusive use of the Fairbanks Museum galleries (Museum is closed to the public)
- 1-hour program with a Fairbanks Museum educator (registration is required)
- 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): An awesome artifact or specimen from our collection on view for close observation and drawing practice with resident Naturalist to interpret the object.
- 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)
- $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.
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:
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Questions? To learn more, contact Karina Weiss.
Homeschool Tuesdays Themes
January 2021 -- all classes are virtual in January and February
5: Astronomy (grades K - 2)
- 12: Weather & Climate (grades 3 - 5)
- 19: Natural History (grades 6 - 8)
- 27: Virtual Field Excursion (all levels) Robots in Space! We're going to explore the solar system through the eyes of the brave robots who ventured into space, never to return!
- 2 Weather & Climate (grades K-2)
- 9 Natural History (grades 3-5)
- 16 Astronomy (grades 6-8)
- 23 Virtual Field Excursion (all ages) "Love is in the Air!" Believe it or not, February is when some animals begin nesting and finding mates. During this program, Bobby will take you virtually into the forest, where you'll learn about mating rituals of animals like ravens, fishers, and owls. These creatures don't waste any time waiting until spring to find love!