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Homeschool Workshops

2022-2023 School Year (October 2022 – April 2023)

Registration for each workshop will open at the beginning of that month.

Ages 7 – 10

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Price: $3 per student

Interested participants are required to register and pre-pay online or by calling 561-743-7123.

Space is limited to 20 students, drop-off only, and held at the River Center.

Ages 11 – 16

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Price: $10 per student

Interested participants are required to register and pre-pay online or by calling 561-743-7123.

Space is limited to 14 students, drop-off only, and held at the River Center and Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area.

Ages 7-10

Slinky Spiders

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

Students will learn all about our local spiders, including characteristics of arachnids and what makes them different from insects. Students will also get a chance to explore the River Center’s garden, searching for spiders and other creepy crawlies. Lastly participants will get a chance to design their own spider habitat.

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Shark Senses and Habitats

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 @ 10:30am-12pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

Students learn about special shark adaptations and understand that sharks have two additional senses. Students will also explore the River Center’s Jupiter Shark Exploration exhibit to learn about different local species, biology, and what makes them top predators. Students will learn about shark habitats in the Loxahatchee including estuaries, coral reefs, and the open ocean to understand why it is important to protect habitats locally and world-wide.

Registration Opens October 1st at 9am

Registration Opens November 1st at 9am

Hiding in Plain Sight: Camouflaging

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 @ 10:30am-12pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

Student will learn about the adaptation of camouflaging, including its uses, benefits and disadvantages. Participants will also observe animals with camouflaging abilities inside and outside of the River Center. Students will have a chance to create their own camouflaged creature to take home.

Sea Urchin Lab: Learn from Echinoderms

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 @ 10:30am-12pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

Students get an introduction into the scientific method and discussion on observation driven experiments using live animals. Students will participate in an activity to learn how sea urchins survive in their environment; compare them to other aquatic species, and the adaptations necessary for their survival.

Registration Opens December 1st at 9am

Registration Opens January 4th at 9am

Reptiles of the Loxahatchee

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ 10:30am-12:00pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

Reptiles are considered eco-enrichers and play a significant role in the Loxahatchee River ecosystem. Reptiles such as alligators, freshwater turtles, and snakes have unique adaptations that allow them to thrive in our swamps and marshes. Students will get up close with some of the resident reptiles, learn about their distinctive characteristics, and discover what makes them unique.

Fantastic Fish & Where to Find Them

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

This fun and unique program provides a detailed look into the differences between fish species and adaptations found throughout nature that allows them to survive. Students get the opportunity to create their own fish using different art media to create different adaptations based on their ecosystems and specific habitats.

Registration Opens February 1st at 9am

Registration Opens March 1st at 9am

Water Cycle

Wednesday, April 12, 2023 @ 10:30am-12pm
Ages: 7-10
Location: River Center

River Center staff use student volunteers as water molecules to demonstrate evaporation, condensation, precipitation, percolation, and runoff. This activity will introduce students to the various steps of the water cycle and will help them make connections between the water cycle and all living things.

Registration Opens February 1st at 9am

Ages 11-16

October 2022 Open Now!

Water Quality Testing

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 @ 2:00pm-3:30pm
Ages: 11-16
Location: River Center

Students will work in teams to conduct water quality testing and recognize parameters that identify changes and potential hazards present in our waterways. Through this lesson, students will understand importance of water resources and conservation.

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Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 @ 9:00am-1:00pm
Ages: 11-16
Location: Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area

Students will participate in a Citizen Science event taking place throughout the entire Indian River Lagoon. Participants will use hands-on field techniques to collect various chemical, physical, and biological parameters of the lagoon to determine how their local piece of estuary fits into the larger ecosystem.