University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Homeschool Programs

Science options are often limited for homeschool students once they reach middle school and high school grade levels. Why not come do science at Cedar Creek, where you have the opportunity to explore many different topics alongside professional scientists and their experiments? Homeschool programs for ages 12-18 are offered on the second Thursday of each month from 10am - 3pm.

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2019-202 topics coming soon!


We are thrilled to expand our high-quality education offerings to the homeschool community! Each month focuses on a specific topic studied by world-class researchers at Cedar Creek, and provides the opportunity to go in depth into subjects of importance to the world, to our research community, and to society as a whole. Instruction is provided by Cedar Creek's seasoned naturalists, and each session offers the opportunity to experience life as a scientist. You will spend time indoors and out, conducting hand-on investigations, meeting scientists, visiting long-term scientific experiments, and exploring nature. Come prepared to be outside in the dirt, regardless of the weather!

Classes are drop-off; parents do not attend the class with their student. We are happy to provide suggestions on places to go for a hike, go shopping or grab a cup of coffee and get some work done while your student is learning with us! Please note as well that no tobacco use or pets (except service animals) are allowed outside of vehicles on the Cedar Creek property, including the buildings, parking lots and nature trail. Learn more about Cedar Creek's mission and legacy here.

2018-2019 topics

September 13th:  Science of Climate Change
October 11th:       Forest Ecology and Tree ID - CLASS IS FULL!
November 8th:     Wildlife Field Methods I - CLASS IS FULL!
December 13th:   Art & Science
January 10th:      Geology of the Anoka Sandplain
February 14th:     Wildlife Field Methods II
RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 21st: March 14th:         Experimental Design and Inquiry
RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 25th: April 11th:            Phenology and Citizen Science
May 9th:              Ornithology/Birding
June 13th:           Dragonflies & Damselflies


Register for one or more classes

Students must be at least 12 years old to participate. Pre-registration and payment is required, and we reserve the right to cancel classes with fewer than 5 students registered. Click here to register online! If this is your first time registering with the U's Destiny One Registration System, you will need to create a Family Profile to register your minor children. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial of creating a family profile and registering for classes

Fees and Cancellation Policy

Classes are $18 per student per session, and must be paid in advance. Secure online payment is available via our registration website; if you need to pay by cash or check please email Caitlin ( Fees are refundable (minus a $1 per class service charge) up to 7 days in advance of the class start date. If cancelling less than 7 days in advance, no refunds are available as we are generally unable to fill your student's spot on the roster.

Planning Guide

Resources to help you and your students prepare for a successful visit.

Help us spread the word about our new homeschool opportunities!

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