Natural Science Club ages 11+
with Beth Anne Moonstone, Environmental Educator, Naturalist, Permaculture Gardener

Fall Session: 10 weeks, Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm, Sept 14th through Nov 30th
(Sept 14, 21, 28 Oct 5, 12, 19 Nov  9, 16, 23 30)
Cost is $300.  ($100. is due as a deposit to hold your space and the remaining balance is due October 1, 2016)
There is some flexibility in our age range.  If you have questions about the program or age range please drop me an email beth@peacefrog.org

Natural Science Club: Using a core of Environmental Science these science club sessions will use a trandisciplinary approach to explore the natural world.  Our fall session will use the theme of Western Massachusetts Biomes through the lens of many areas of natural science to learn about our world and develop a better understanding of the relationship between the environment and society. This course functions from the framework that everything is somehow connected to and interdependent on the environment. We are not separate from nature. Developing a strong relationship to nature and knowledge of the science of the natural world allows us to be system thinkers, see the connections between idea and issues,  and begin problem solving and visioning solutions and possibilities for our future.

Areas of Natural Science we will use in class. 

This class includes 3 or 4 field trips which will require students to be dropped off and picked up at location that are a little farther away. Possible field trips for our fall session include the Silvio O Conte National Wildlife Refuge in Hadley, MA, Mount Greylock in Adams, MA, Jones Ferry Marina, Holyoke, MA and the Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA. Parents (and younger siblings are welcome to join us for field trips and whenever volunteers to help drive and carpool are greatly appreciated so that the group can carpool to these events and no one is excluded). 

In order to make our day together as enjoyable as possible for everyone please only sign your child/teen up if they want to be here and want to be working in a group.  Also make sure our drop off and pick up time work for your family and that you have read the information above about our field trips. It is important for the flow of our day that everyone is present at least 5 minutes before class starts and everyone is picked up on time.

TO REGISTER email beth@peacefrog.org

This class takes place in my home in Amherst, MA with several field trips each semester.  I have a 500 square foot yurt that will be our classroom. We will also visit the conservation area at Amethyst Brook. This is my home, not a school. I am a homeschooling mother of a 16 year old son and have 3 older adults (2 adult children and my future daughter in-law) that live in my household. Some portion of my family may be here at the house on class days. My 16 year old son, Atreyu, will occasionally be our classroom assistant and helper or to participate in class himself.

I have been homeschooling my own children and offering classes for homeschooling students for the last 16 years. During that time I have taught preschool age kids, a Forest Kindergarten, math, science, language arts and history all the way up through high school. I have also worked as an adjunct professor at Greenfield Community College teaching natural history and ecology and worked with STEM students in the science lab. I have a strong interest in ecological literacy, experiential learning and interdisciplinary learning.

Hamline University, M.ED in Natural Science and Environmental Education
Oregon State University & Cascadia Permaculture Institute, Permaculture Design Certificate
Cornell University, Master Naturalist Training
Union Institute and University, BA concentration in Midwifery Science
Antioch New England, Waldorf Foundation Studies and 1 semester of teacher training
Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) North American Registry of Midwives
Radiant Child Yoga Instructor
CPR/First Aid Certified

Winter session will run from January-March and Spring session from March-May

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