The Museum of York County offers monthly programs for Homeschoolers!

2020-2021 Calendar:

Homeschool classes require pre-payment at registration for a three month semester, rather than individual month by month registration. Cost for each child will be $24.00 per semester. Semester classes are non-refundable. Wednesday will be our homeschool program for both 7-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. The monthly class will be a drop-off and last two full hours. We value your participation and hope to see you next fall. Please share with your homeschool groups this summer!

Pre-payment/registration opens August 1, 2020 | Maximum per class is 20 students
Stop by the museum Tuesday – Friday • 9 am-5 pm or call 803-981-9182 or email:  (Cash, checks and most credit cards are welcome.)    

Astronomy: What’s Out There? • Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, 2020    
Have you ever looked out into the night sky and wondered? Wondering drives our imaginations to new places. Wondering allows us to explore new ideas. What’s out there? Can we find out? What do we already know about the space that surrounds our planet? This semester we will become night explorers as we involve ourselves in learning activities that help us answer some of these wonderings.

September 9 • What’s out there? The Geology of Space • 1 – 3 pm
Mining on Earth allows us to have many of the products we come to enjoy in daily life. But rocks and minerals are in space too.  Learn about the rock samples that have been taken from the moon and examine some rocks samples from Earth that are the same types as those moon rocks. We will explore how we use those rocks and minerals in products and how scientists are exploring the possibilities of mining minerals from asteroids in space!

October 14 • What’s out there? Our Solar System • 1 – 3 pm
Our solar system is home, not just to Earth, but to many more amazing objects.  Studying our solar system and how it works allows us to take a closer look at objects in the solar system and how they move. Through models, we will explore our solar system and visit the Settlemyre Planetarium.

November 11 • What’s out there? Beyond Our Solar System • 1 – 3 pm
How many stars are in our solar system? Just one! We call it the Sun. But space is full of beautiful stars beyond our solar system. This month we will visit the Settlemyre Planetarium to learn about constellations and the types of stars. What do we understand about stars? How are stars formed? And how do they “die?” Varied learning activities will help us understand some of these questions.

Ice Age Carolinas:  Exploring Our Pleistocene Past • Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, 2021 
Travel back in time to explore this ancient world. Discover what the Piedmont was like during the Pleistocene Ice Age. Encounter changing environments that were very different from today and some strange exotic beasts you may not have even known lived here. Did your favorite animal survive or go extinct?

January 13 • Ice Age Carolinas Time Travelers • 1 – 3 pm
Compare and contrast how the environment of the Carolinas has changed over time. We will explore how adaptations and behaviors allowed some animals to survive while others went extinct. Students will explore specimens, participate in kinesthetic and hands-on activities.

February 10 • Ice Age Carolinas Ever Changing Ecosystems • 1 – 3 pm
Rainforests, grasslands, deciduous forests, deserts, oceans….our world is a fascinating place of diversity. This month we will explore diversity. We will look at different ecosystems and how those ecosystems function to meet the needs of the plants and animals that live there. What happens when an ecosystem changes? How does diversity protect the ecosystem? 

March 10 • Ice Age Carolinas Fascinating Fossils • 1 – 3 pm
The past: How do we know what we know? Fossils give us clues about the past. We will look at the job of a paleontologist. Using the fossil dig and lab in the Pleistocene Hall, we will explore how a dig site works, what tools paleontologists use and check out how a fossil lab runs. Hands-on time with fossils and our own fossil dig will give us a chance to practice like a professional.