Homeschool Days at The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring Friends School

This year The Adventure Park at Sandy Spring is bringing homeschoolers unique resources, experiences and a place to connect.

Unique Environment

The Adventure Park is a unique environment designed to challenge the mind and the body of every participant.  With over two hundred and forty individual climbing elements (bridges & ziplines) and fourteen trails through the canopy, the Park offers a progression of opportunities for each climber to challenge themselves.  Every element calls upon the climber to discover the right combination of strength, balance and strategy to navigate to the next challenge. 

 

 

 

Challenge & Achievement

“Individual Challenge & Achievement” is at the core of the Adventure Park experience. While we have staff located throughout the park to train, supervise and assist when needed, each climber enjoys a self-guided experience, setting their own pace and determining their own level of challenge. 

Over the past eight years the Park has developed a growing following of homeschool families who include use of the park to augment their outdoor education and physical education activities.  Some have even delved into the science and physics of The Adventure Park, engaging our staff in questions about tree science, park design, and the forces of friction and gravity at work throughout the park. These informal dialogs have proven to be rewarding to everyone!

 

 

 

Education, Recreation & Appreciation

This year we decided to bring a little more focus into what The Adventure Park has to offer homeschool families, both as a place for learning as well as a place for family recreation.  Below you will see a form to connect and learn more about the Homeschool Days program as well as a discount voucher for Homeschool Days at The Adventure Park.  

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Homeschool Days

Upcoming homeschool Days include:

  • Sept 7th
  • Oct 5th
  • Nov 1st

Reservation start times for Homeschool Days are every 10 minutes from 11AM – 4PM

 

Nature Class Schedule and Topics by Date and Activity

As an optional addition to your climbing adventures, Nature Classes will be offered on each for the Homeschool Days.  There is no additional charge for these classes.

SEPT 7: Optional Activity #1 | Hands-On Learning: Tree Biology

Details:
This optional session, led by an experienced naturalist, will dive into some of the living lessons here at the Park. Certificates of completion will be available to all participants in either session.

Duration:
Approximately 45 minutes

Times: 

11AM - 11:45AM
Please select a start time for your climbing no earlier than 12:15PM.  This will allow sufficient time to complete the session and transition to climbing.

4:00PM - 4:45PM
Please select a start time prior to 12:15 so that your climbing adventure does not run past 4pm.

Curriculum Highlights

What makes a tree a tree? How a tree fits into the plant kingdom.

 

Experiential Activity: Plant Lab

-Compare/contrast vascular and non-vascular plants using magnifiers and field microscopes, identify plant parts

- Identify tree stem parts on tree slabs and tree "cookies."

 

Learning Outcomes: Students will...

-Know a plant is a living system and what is essential for plants to survive.

-Know 3 differences between vascular and non-vascular plants: water transport system, essential plant structures, how they reproduce.

-Identify 6 essential vascular plant parts - roots, stem, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds - cellular structures each have own function.

-Identify the parts of a stem of Woody plant - what makes a tree a tree (a vascular, Woody plant).

SEPT 7: Optional Activity #2 | Self-Guided Exploration: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, home of the Woodlawn Museum and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

Details:

The Park sits adjacent to the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, home of the Woodlawn Museum and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes.  Thanks to a special partnership between the Park and Woodlawn, each Homeschool Day climber will receive a voucher for free admission to the Woodlawn Museum.  

Times:

If you are planning to visit the Woodlawn Museum, please be aware that they are open from Fridays, 10AM until 4PM

Additional Materials:
In addition to exploring the Cultural Park, consider these special self-guided learning experiences.  Ask at the Museum desk for the materials:

-Scavenger Hunt:
Explore the Woodlawn Museum on a scavenger hunt through the historic Stone Barn

Underground Railroad Trail Hike:
Take an informative hike through the forest to the historic Sandy Spring.

OCT 5: Optional Activity #1 | Hands-On Learning: Forest Floor

Details: This optional session, led by an experienced naturalist, will dive into some of the living lessons here at the Park.

Duration: Approximately 45 minutes

Times: 

11AM - 11:45AM
Please select a start time for your climbing no earlier than 12:15PM.  This will allow sufficient time to complete the session and transition to climbing.

4:00PM - 4:45PM
Please select a start time prior to 12:15 so that your climbing adventure does not run past 4pm.

 

Curriculum Highlight: 

-What does a tree bring to the Forest floor?

 

Experiential Activity:

-Dissect a fallen log out on the forest floor.

Learning Outcomes: Students will...

-Understand that trees are an integral part of the flow of matter and energy in a forest setting.

-Identify stages in Life Cycle of a tree.

-Define decomposition and how it relates to the life cycle of a tree in a forest ecosystem.

-Create a simple food chain for a forest floor micro habitat - includes a tree as integral part of chain.

OCT 5: Optional Activity #2 | Self-Guided Exploration: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, home of the Woodlawn Museum and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

Details:

The Park sits adjacent to the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, home of the Woodlawn Museum and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes.  Thanks to a special partnership between the Park and Woodlawn, each Homeschool Day climber will receive a voucher for free admission to the Woodlawn Museum.  

Times:

If you are planning to visit the Woodlawn Museum, please be aware that they are open from Fridays, 10AM until 4PM

Additional Materials:
In addition to exploring the Cultural Park, consider these special self-guided learning experiences.  Ask at the Museum desk for the materials:

-Scavenger Hunt:
Explore the Woodlawn Museum on a scavenger hunt through the historic Stone Barn

Underground Railroad Trail Hike:
Take an informative hike through the forest to the historic Sandy Spring.

NOV 1: Optional Activity #1 | Nature Service Learning: Invasive Plants

Details:
This is a one hour Service Learning program, with approximately 15 minutes of learning and approximately 45 minutes of service.

Duration:
Approximately 45 minutes

Times: 

11AM - 12:ooPM
Please select a start time for your climbing no earlier than 12:15PM.  This will allow sufficient time to complete the session and transition to climbing.

4:00PM - 5:00PM
Please select a start time prior to 12:15 so that your climbing adventure does not run past 4pm.

Curriculum Highlight:

-What is an invasive species?
-What is the impact of invasive species on the environment?

Experiential Activity

-Invasive species pull

Learning Outcomes:

-Human activity has consequences for the environment.
-It can accelerate or magnify changes that can endanger both native flora and fauna.

NOV 1: Optional Activity #2 | Self-Guided Exploration: Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, home of the Woodlawn Museumand the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes

Details:

The Park sits adjacent to the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park, home of the Woodlawn Museum and the Underground Railroad Experience Trail Hikes.  Thanks to a special partnership between the Park and Woodlawn, each Homeschool Day climber will receive a voucher for free admission to the Woodlawn Museum.  

Times:

If you are planning to visit the Woodlawn Museum, please be aware that they are open from Fridays, 10AM until 4PM

Additional Materials:
In addition to exploring the Cultural Park, consider these special self-guided learning experiences.  Ask at the Museum desk for the materials:

-Scavenger Hunt:
Explore the Woodlawn Museum on a scavenger hunt through the historic Stone Barn

Underground Railroad Trail Hike:
Take an informative hike through the forest to the historic Sandy Spring.

Homeschool Days Information & 20% OFF Discount

Fill out the short form below and you will receive updates on Homeschool Days resources and events. You will also be emailed a 20% off discount code for your first visit!

Share this discount voucher with your Homeschooling network!