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Aug 30

Supplemental programs in art, history and nature offered this fall

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 1:56 PM by Becky Burnside

Supplement and enhance your student’s homeschool studies with separate programs in history and art being offered by JCPRD beginning in September. 

The programs are: Homeschool Art Adventures being presented by JCPRD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department for ages five to 15, and Homeschool History Adventures being presented by the Johnson County Museum for ages seven to 13. Both series will take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. 

In addition, the Ernie Miller Nature Center offers live animal programs for groups this fall, which can be scheduled either at the nature center or at your Kansas location.

Designed to supplement homeschool curriculums, participants in Homeschool Art Adventures will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation.  Two different themes for Homeschool Art programs are being offered: Art Adventures for ages five to 15, and Advanced Art Adventures for ages 11 and older. 

One session of Art Adventures meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 5, while the other meets at 10 a.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 6. One session of Advanced Art Adventures meets at 1 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 5, while the other meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 6. Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme “Clay Creations,” will be offered for ages five to 15 beginning Nov. 28 and Nov. 29.   

In Homeschool History Adventures, participants will examine artifacts from the museum’s collection, explore the museum’s main exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County,” and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities in the museum classroom. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us. 

During the first program in the series called Westward Ho, students will learn what it was like to be a traveling west in a covered wagon. Participants will chart their course, pack their wagon, and set off on a life-changing adventure down the Oregon-California and Santa Fe trails. Along the way, they’ll discover the story of these historical, polish their map skills, and work together with their traveling companions to make decisions about their journey.

This program will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and to KidScape. 

Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures programs this season will include: "Pinafores to Poodle Skirts" on Oct. 5, "Meet the First Kansans" on Nov. 2, and "Life on the Homefront" on Dec. 7.

Five nature programs featuring live birds or animals are being offered for groups by the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe, or at your location in Kansas. The programs are called Wildlife Who's Who for grades four and older, Wildlife Webs for grades one through three, Snakes Alive for grades two and older, Birds of Prey for grades four and older, and Whooo Are The Owls for grades one through three. These programs are presented by Johnson County Park & Recreation District outdoor education staff members. 

Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes, and the presentations are available September through December. Cost for presentation of any of these programs for a group at the Ernie Miller Nature Center for one to 15 people is $38 for Johnson County residents or $41 for nonresidents. For 16 to 35 people, the cost is $45 for Johnson County residents or $49 for nonresidents. Cost for any presentation at another location for one to 35 people is $62 for Johnson County residents or $66 for nonresidents. The center's live animal programs are available in Kansas only. For more information or to schedule a program, call the Ernie Miller Nature Center at (913) 826-2800.