Home Away From Home School
Students explore nature through hands-on activities, science experiments, nature lessons and hikes, all of which reinforce nature and science concepts. Students are grouped into two classes based on their age – 6-9 year-olds and 10-14 year olds. Our Home Away From Home School program is perfect for little ones who age out of our Cross Timbers Forest Preschool program.
Why include nature in your child’s home school plan?
Academic research tells us that natural environments improve:
- Standardized test scores
- Grade point averages
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Average 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Well trained and caring staff
- Over 700 acres to explore
- Diverse Cross Timbers flora and fauna
- Six specific outdoor classrooms
- Pollinator Garden, Perennial Gardens, Edible Gardens, Preserve Trails, Local Fresh Water Sources and Charlie’s Composting Corner
What to Bring/Wear
Please dress children in closed-toe shoes, clothing appropriate for outdoor weather; bring a water bottle and backpack labeled with your child’s name.
Tuition and Discounts
Tuition is $375 for a 15-week semester for one-day classes and $712.50 for a 15-week semester for two-day classes. Payment plans are available. Can’t start on Day 1? Prorated tuition is also available. Become a BJNC Member at the Family or above level and receive a 10% discount. Or if you are sending more than one child, receive a 10% sibling discount. Call 817-491-6333 for details or become a member here.
Home School Participant Information
Location: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
Ages: 6-9 & 10-14
Class Size: Min 4 – Max 12
Cost: $375.00 for one-day classes, $712.50 for two-day classes (15 Weeks)
Date(s): August 29 – December 14
Age 6-9: Tuesdays 10:00am-12:00pm AND/OR Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Age 10-14: Wednesdays 10:00am-12:00pm
*If minimum is not met, there is a possibility of joining the two classes together.
Refunds and Cancellations: Classes cancelled by parents up to eight weeks before the start of a class session are refunded at 100% excluding all processing fees. Classes cancelled within four weeks of the class sessions start date are refunded at 50% excluding all processing fees. Classes cancelled within two weeks of the class sessions start date will not be issued a refund of any kind. In those cases in which your spot can be filled, payments will be stopped.
About the Home School Staff
Dan Friedman, Education Coordinator
Dan has developed and taught educational programs for a variety of non-profit organizations. Most recently, he coordinated the Trinity River Audubon Center’s Schoolyard Investigations Program, which offered outdoor, hands-on nature lessons to elementary school students in the Dallas area – there, he also led the eco-investigation field trip program, conservation workshop and summer camps. In the past, Dan coordinated family-centered community programs for the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Division, providing arts, recreational and educational experiences. He also led outdoor and classroom activities for two years at Kent Place Camp in New Jersey, his home state. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in Romance Languages and Literatures, with a research focus on nature writing, and Environmental Studies.
Robin Swindle, Home School Teacher
Robin brings over a decade of experience developing, administrating and teaching to Bob Jones Nature Center. She has taught students from nursery to college age, as well as organized and led educational workshops for adults. Robin holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts in Biology from Baylor University. She has also been certified as a Master Naturalist and is a long-time member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, Dallas County Lepidopterist Society and of course Bob Jones Nature Center. This is Robin’s third year as an instructor at Bob Jones Nature Center, and her second year as the instructor for the Home Away from Home School program.
Want to Learn More?
- Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
- The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age
- Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness
- How To Raise A Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling In Love With Nature
In the News
- On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Hey Kids! Go Outside, Already
- The Diane Rehm Show, Environmental Outlook: New Reasons To Get Kids Outdoors
- Mind/Shift, How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive