Homeschool Fridays

Homeschool Friday programs are hosted one day every month from January through May and are facilitated by our professional Camp Seymour Naturalists staff.

Classes change each month, but always mix environmental education and outdoor recreation. Classes are designed to be active, hands-on, engaging, and interesting for all ages.

PROGRAM GOALS AND PHILOSOPHY

This program is designed for a home-school student to meet the following goals:

1. Develop relationships with other home-school students and camp staff.
2. Have fun while experiencing hands-on environmental education taught by professional naturalists. 
3. Learn outdoor and recreational skills in a safe setting.

To meet these goals, we strive to have a low student to staff ratio, have the same few naturalists lead every program, and encourage students and parents to attend each month by varying the classes and having a whole lot of fun!

 Printable Registration Form

Questions? Call or email Heidi at 253-884-3392 or hjohnson@ymcapkc.org

$33 per student ($28 if they are a YMCA member) includes lunch

BASIC SCHEDULE

9:45am -10:00am Arrive and check-in at the Camp Seymour upper parking lot
10am – 11:30am Class 1 
11:45am – 12:30pm Lunch
12:30pm – 2pm Class 2
2pm Head to the upper parking lot to be picked up

Dates and Themes

January 24 - Surviving Sasquatch

Prepare to enter an imaginary world, where your guide Dr. Cryptid (secret identity Michael Wilson, Camp Seymour Senior Naturalist) will lead you through a series of clues and survival challenges. If your group can solve these mysteries and demonstrate your skills, perhaps you will survive sasquatch. Optional sasquatch survival costumes encouraged.

February 14 - Gnome Homes, Fairy Forts, and the Big Wall

Nature Art and Climbing Wall! Woodland fairy expert and Camp Seymour Senior Naturalist Screech, will guide the kids through the process of using natural materials to conceive then build fairy forts and gnome homes. Kids will also get a chance to challenge themselves at Camp's 37 foot tall outdoor rock wall.

March 20 - Rockets and Big Canoes

Design, build, and launch paper rockets. As students learn about the engineering process, they'll make changes to their design and test again. With over 20 pounds of pressure, these rockets really fly! We'll also take Camp's Big Canoes out for a paddle on the Puget Sound.

April 24 - Pollinators

Former pollinator scientist and current Camp Seymour naturalist, Emily Brown, will lead an interesting day all about pollination. There are over 20,000 species of bees on our planet and Washington is home to hundreds of these important pollinators. Learn all about the wide diversity of native pollinators and the important role they play. We will de-mystify these complex and fascinating critters, look at pollinator specimens up close, and engage in activities that demonstrate how these organisms function in our environment.

May 8 - Ants and Low Tide Interpretive Beach Walk

Local ant enthusiast and Camp Seymour senior naturalist, Ben Williams, will lead an interesting talk about ants at an ant hill. Also join marine educator Katie Eskridge for a fascinating south sound tidal flat exploration during one of the lowest tides of the year!

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: What is the age range?

A: Short answer 6-12

Longer answer: We have had kids of all participate in this program. Our classes are meant to be fun and interesting for any age.

FAQ: Can my 13 to 17 year-old help?

A: Yes, there is a $15 fee for teen helpers that includes lunch.

FAQ: Why is there an additional fee for dropping off my child?

A: For the saftey of all participants in our program, we maintain high standards including a low student to adult ratio. The extra fee helps cover staffing costs of extra supervision. Children 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

FAQ: How do I register?

A: Fill out the registration form. Fax the completed form to 253-460-8897 or email it to campseymour@ymcapkc.org. Please contact our office 253-884-3392 if you have questions or need help with your registration.

FAQ: Camp I bring my own lunch?

A: Yes, but please leave peanut butter and tree nuts at home.

FAQ: What's the cancellation policy?

A: Pre-payment is required to register as is non-refundable. Full credit is available for cancellations made with at least 48 hours notice.

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