There are many ways for homeschooling families to learn at the Hatfield 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 attend Homeschool Day events in the fall and spring.

Spring 2022 Virtual Homeschool Programming

Oregon Sea Grant’s Spring Homeschool programs will be offered virtually in March and early April 2022. We will be offering a variety of age-specific programs via the Zoom meeting platform for children grades Pre-K-12th grade. Students will participate in virtual programming along with their peers - be sure to review program-specific details below and register your child for the appropriate age group. 

Please note that we anticipate younger children needing help with some of the hands-on virtual activities. Therefore, parents are required to accompany participants registered for the Pre-K-1st grade program. Parental guidance is not required for grades 2nd-12th, but we do ask parents/guardians/caretakers to help younger students access the virtual Zoom meeting on event day. Space is limited for each program, so be sure to register as soon as possible.

 

Virtual Program Logistics

Structure/Format:

  • Two-hour virtual meeting via Zoom (with access to video and audio) where educators engage participants in hands-on marine science activities. Students will engage in grade-specific activities with their peers.
  • Participants will receive a “Homeschool Day in a Package” in the mail prior to the homeschool program. The package will include materials needed to participate in virtual activities and additional activities for participants to do on their own time. 
  • Important Note: Parents/Guardians who submit the registration will receive the Zoom meeting link separately one week prior to the virtual program. All “Homeschool Day in a Package” materials will be shipped via priority mail approximately 1.5 weeks prior to the virtual program.

Cost: $30 per student (adults are free)

  • Cost includes staff time and shipment of all “Homeschool Day in a Package” materials necessary to engage in all activities.
  • All participants will receive their own set of materials. For example, if you register two children for the same program, each child will receive their own set of materials in the same package.

Registration: Register NOW!

  • During registration, please register each child separately. You will be able to register multiple children for separate events within the same registration.
  • Please ensure the address provided is the mailing address to which you would like your Homeschool Day in a Package sent.
  • Registration will close approximately 1.5 weeks prior to the scheduled event to ensure materials can be packed and shipped in a timely manner (dates are listed within each program offering below). Please ensure your payment is received by the registration deadline.
  • If your preferred program fills, please add your participant to the waitlist and you will be notified as space becomes available.
  • Feel free to reach out to the Marine Education Coordinator with any program-specific questions or concerns regarding the waitlist.
  • The third party site that is used to process online credit card payments during the registration process will be down for maintenance on the following dates: February 18 and March 25. If you try to register on one of these dates, you may still submit your registration and reserve your spot(s) by selecting the "mail a check" option on the payment tab and pay with a credit card when the site is back again.
  • Payments must be received by the registration close date (indicated below), so that we can pack and ship packages prior to the virtual session.

Virtual Programs - Age Specific

Date: Tuesday, March 29th, 1 - 3 pm (PT)
Register Now! (Registration closes on Sunday, March 20th)

During the virtual Homeschool Day program, participants will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore the techniques and tools researchers use to study whales. 

 

Virtual Programs Include:

  • Whale ID  - Meet the gray whales that call the shores of the Oregon Coast home (Pacific Coast Feeding Group) and learn how researchers use photographs to uniquely identify these iconic and majestic creatures. We will then test your ID skills via a whale matching game. 
  • Birds Eye View into Whale Ecology - Hear from KC Bierlich, Postdoctoral Scholar from the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna (GEMM) lab about how he uses drones to collect aerial footage necessary to assess changes to whale body condition overtime. Participants will then use photographs collected by drones to calculate and compare whale body area across different whales. How does total body area change throughout the year and under different feeding conditions or health?

 

Additional (Non-Virtual Time) Activities:

  • Using Drones to Study Whales (continued): Participants are encouraged to continue to calculate and compare whale body area on their own time. 
  • Interested in hearing from STEM professionals what it’s like to work in science? Be sure to check out our Careers in Science webinar recordings on our career day website: https://beav.es/seagrant-career-day.

Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 1 - 3 pm (PT)
(Registration closed on Sunday, March 6th)

During the virtual Homeschool Day program, participants will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore the adaptations that enable deep sea critters to thrive in the dark depths of the ocean.

 

Virtual Programs Include:

  • Dive into the Deep - Researchers use various innovative tools to learn more about the deep sea. We will use video footage of deep sea critters and identify the unique adaptations that enable these critters to thrive in the darkness.
  • Deep Sea Denizens - Why are so many deep-sea animals red? Delve into the amazing world of deep-sea critters and learn how red coloration enables them to thrive in the darkness. Participants will make their own pair of “deep sea glasses” and explore how animal coloration changes with depth. 

 

Additional (Non-Virtual Time) Activities:

  • Design your own deep sea organism - Participants are encouraged to design their own deep sea organism featuring recently learned adaptations!
  • Deep Sea Corals - Investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals by using 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.

Date: Friday, April 1st, 1 - 3 pm (PT)
Register Now! (Registration closes on Sunday, March 20th)

During the virtual Homeschool Day program, participants will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore the amazing properties of water.

 

Virtual Programs Include:

  • Penny Water Drop Experiment - Participants will use the process of science to explore the “sticky” properties of water. How many drops of water can you fit on a penny before the water flows off the sides? There is only one way to find out - by adding one drop at a time! 
  • Where the Water Flows - Investigate the different components of the water cycle and how water is critical to all life. Participants will make water cycle bracelets/key chains so they can be reminded of the essence of water and how we can all work to conserve it.
  • Under Pressure - We will continue to explore other properties of water, including temperature, salinity, and density. Taking investigations a step further, participants will be provided materials to make their own Cartesian diver models to see first hand how pressure impacts buoyancy.

 

Additional (Non-Virtual Time) Activities:

  • Penny Water Drop Experiment (continued) - continue to expand on the penny water drop experiment on your own time. Consider testing other liquids, such as vegetable oil, salt water, or soda. Or, do you have any other spare change? Consider exchanging your penny for a nickel or dime. Do the total number of drops change? Why?
  • Toothpick Star Trick - Continue to explore exciting properties of water using water, an eye dropper and toothpicks. Create an open star shape with toothpicks just by adding water - explore what property of water is behind this magic!

 

Date: Thursday, March 17th, 1 - 3 pm (PT)
(Registration closed on Sunday, March 6th)

During the virtual Homeschool Day program, participants will engage with Oregon Sea Grant Marine Education staff and explore GREEN things found across a variety of coastal and ocean habitats. Please note that we anticipate younger children needing help with some of the hands-on virtual activities. Therefore, parents are required to accompany participants registered for the PreK-1st grade program. 

 

Virtual Programs Include:

  • It Ain't Easy Being Green (or is it?) - Participants will investigate green sea life from the lab and identify the advantages and challenges associated with being green. Which ocean habitat does the green critter call home and how does being green help it survive? Join us and find out. Participants will be provided play dough to create their own green critter and select the coastal habitat it would call home.
  • Now You “Sea” Me - Through this fun Bingo-themed game, participants will explore how marine animals use camouflage to blend in with their surroundings. Can you find the bay shrimp among all the sand grains of the sandy beach or the decorator crab among the rocky shore?  

 

Additional (Non-Virtual Time) Activities:

  • Design your own green critter (continued) - Participants can continue to use the play dough provided to mold their own green critter featuring recently learned adaptations. 
  • Craft Time -  Each participant will be provided the materials and instructions to make assorted green sea life crafts.
  • Camouflage Challenge - Participants are challenged to select an outdoor or indoor space and find materials around their house that would enable them to blend into their surroundings. Take some time to reflect on the challenges and advantages of being able to camouflage yourself!
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!"