There are many ways for homeschooling families to learn at the HSMC Visitor Center. You can explore the Visitor Center's exhibits on your own, attend one of our public programs, arrange a private class for your homeschool group and/or attend our Homeschool Day events held in the fall and spring.

COVID-19 Update: Spring Homeschool Day CANCELLED

Per guidance from Oregon State University, events hosting more than 25 people are prohibited until further notice. Therefore, the “Dive into the Deep” Homeschool Day event rescheduled for Friday, June 19th is cancelled.

If you were registered for the event, you should have recieved an email prompt to contact the Marine Education Coordinator (SeaGrantMarineEd@oregonstate.edu) at your earliest convenience to confirm cancellation.

We sincerely thank you for understanding. Please keep an eye on this website for updates regarding future programming opportunities. Stay healthy and safe!

Dive into the Deep: Student Homeschool Day

REscheduled to Friday, June 19, 10 AM - 4 PM

The deep-sea provides a unique habitat for a variety of organisms. Join us for our day-long program as we explore the adaptations that enable these critters to thrive in the dark depths of the ocean. Students will learn about tools and methods researchers use to study deep-sea coral communities, investigate organisms that call hydrothermal vents home, and more. 

For this event, students are divided by grade levels (PK-1, 2-4, 5-7, and 8-12) and take classes with their peers. Cost is $30 per student and pre-registration is required.

NEW THIS YEAR – Participants in the PreK-1 grade level will engage in programming from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm, including two 1-hour hands-on classes, lunch, and Hatfield Visitor Center exploration. The cost for the PreK-1grade level is $20 per student. If you have students in other age groups, you will be able to re-group with them for deep-sea crafts and games at 3 pm. NOTE: As usual, PreK-1 grade students must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program

*Please note, our credit card payment site shuts down on a monthly basis for updates. It will be unavailable on February 28, 2020. If you register on that date, just select the "Mail a Check" payment option. You can then either mail a check or log in another day to pay by credit card.

Homeschool Day Classes

NEW THIS YEAR – Participants in the PreK-1st grade level will engage in programming from 10:30am-1:30pm. Cost is $20 per student. As usual, PreK-1st grade students must be accompanied by an adult for the entire program. The classes and descriptions offered for the PreK-1st grade students are listed below.

Light it Up – Explore how deep-sea life generate light in order to live and thrive in the dark.Discover how and why so many marine organisms make their own light. We will then test our own vision as we take on the role of deep-sea predators and prey. 

Gutless Wonders – Come investigate the wonders of the deepest part of the oceans – hydrothermal vents!  Learn about these amazing environments and some of the bizarre creatures that call them home, including the amazing tubeworm that has no stomach.  Then, make your own deep-sea tubeworm to take home.  

The classes and descriptions offered for 2nd-4th grade students are listed below.

Light it Up – Explore how deep-sea life generate light in order to live and thrive in the dark.Discover how and why so many marine organisms make their own light. We will then test our own vision as we take on the role of deep-sea predators and prey. 

Gutless Wonders – Come investigate the wonders of the deepest part of the oceans – hydrothermal vents!  Learn about these amazing environments and some of the bizarre creatures that call them home, including the amazing tubeworm that has no stomach.  Then, make your own deep-sea tubeworm to take home.  

Deep Sea Denizens – Why are so many deep-sea animals red? Delve into the amazing world of deep-sea fishes and learn about the adaptations that enable them to live in the darkness. Equipped with our newly gained knowledge, we will create and classify our own unique species.  

The classes and descriptions offered for 5th-7th grade students are listed below.

Deep Sea Denizens – Why are so many deep-sea animals red? Delve into the amazing world of deep-sea fishes and learn about the adaptations that enable them to live in the darkness. Equipped with our newly gained knowledge, we will create and classify our own unique species.  

Deep Sea Corals – Students will investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals as they use real transect data taken by Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to learn to identify soft and hard corals and the invertebrates and fish found within these communities. 

Ocean Floor Mapping – Our understanding of the ocean floor starts with knowing what it looks like. Dive to the bottom of the sea to discover how scientists map ocean floor features.  Students will create a bathymetric map of an underwater feature and use maps to identify other geologic features studied in ocean explorations.

The classes and descriptions offered for 8th-12th grade students are listed below.

Deep Sea Corals – Students will investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals as they use real transect data taken by Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to learn to identify soft and hard corals and the invertebrates and fish found within these communities. 

Ocean Floor Mapping – Our understanding of the ocean floor starts with knowing what it looks like. Dive to the bottom of the sea to discover how scientists map ocean floor features.  Students will create a bathymetric map of an underwater feature and use maps to identify other geologic features studied in ocean explorations.

Follow the Plume – Students will become ocean exploring detectives as they use chemical and physical clues to locate hydrothermal vents in the deep ocean. Students will plot oceanographic data to recognize a probable plume from hydrothermal activity.

Homeschool Day Parent Feedback:

"The teachers are stellar, the experiments are fresh and new, and the curriculum appeals to all our family in different ways . . . Thank you for a high quality experience. We will be back again for sure!"

"The teachers were knowledgeable, organized, focused and made the learning fun. It was an excellent day! I would definitely recommend this to other home school families!"