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Every September - and then periodically throughout the school year - more than 2 dozen Maryland museums, zoos, nature centers, and other community-based organizations host Homeschool Days. These exclusive weekday learning opportunities for families who educate their children at home vary from museum to museum, but they're basically a pre-planned field trip. Some Homeschool Days offer a single day hands-on learning class and time to explore exhibits, while others offer a multi-week course that explores a topic in-depth.

Some important reminders when signing up for Homeschool Days:

  • Pre-registration is required - and many programs fill up fast, so don't wait till the last minute.
  • Parents are not usually allowed to stay in the class.
  • Classes start on time, so plan your driving and parking time accordingly.
  • Check on sibling policies. Museums understand homeschool families travel together, but siblings are often expected to be supervised by parents outside of the homeschoool class area.
  • Most classes are split into 2 or 3 age groups, rather than grade-levels. Some museums have strict policies about age-placement, so ask ahead of time if you're hoping to skip your child up to a higher level.


Baltimore Metro AreaOrganizationDescriptionWeb Site
Baltimore CityMaryland Science CenterAstronomy, outer space, paleontology, anatomy, physics, morewww.mdsci.org/learn/homeschoolers/
Baltimore CityNational AquariumMarine biologywww.aqua.org/Visit/Homeschool-Programs
Baltimore CityMaryland ZooAnimal science, environmental sciencewww.marylandzoo.org/learn/classes-at-the-zoo
Baltimore CityBaltimore Symphony OrchestraClassical music concertswww.bsomusic.org/education-community
Baltimore CityMaryland Historical SocietyMaryland historywww.mdhs.org/education/mdhs/homeschool-days
Baltimore CityBaltimore Museum of IndustryIndustrial revoultion, technology, Maryland historywww.thebmi.org/visit/school-field-trips/
Baltimore CityThe Walters Art MuseumArt, historythewalters.org/experience/programs/families/homeschool
Baltimore CityPort DiscoveryCreative free playwww.portdiscovery.org/educate/group-visits-field-trips
Baltimore CityRipley's Believe Or NotSocial studieswww.ripleyentertainment.com/educator-days-coming-back/
Baltimore CountyBenjamin Banneker MuseumUS History, astronomy, math, etcfriendsofbenjaminbanneker.com/events-and-programs
Baltimore CountyJump ZoneP.E.www.skyzone.com/timonium/programs/homeschool-hop
Howard CountyRobinson Nature CenterEnvironmental science, wildlife animalswww.howardcountymd.gov/RNC/education
Carroll CountyDay's End Farm Horse RescueAnimal husbandrywww.defhr.org/learn/educational-programs/homeschool-education-series
Harford CountyEden Mill Nature CenterNature-art classeswww.edenmill.org/Programs.html

Eastern ShoreOrganizationDescriptionWeb Site
Caroline CountyAdkins ArboretumEnvironmental science, botany, biologywww.adkinsarboretum.org/programs_events
Talbot CountyChesapeake Bay Maritime MuseumMarine science, biology, boating, historycbmm.org/learn
Wicomico CountySalisbury ZooAnimal science, environmental sciencewww.salisburyzoo.org/maryland-salisbury-zoo-events-news
Southern MarylandOrganizationDescriptionWeb Site
Anne Arundel CountyHistoric London Town & GardensUS Historywww.historiclondontown.org/homeschool-programs
Calvert CountyAnne Marie Sculpture GardensNature & artwww.annmariegarden.org/annmarie2/node/273
Calvert CountyFlags Pond Nature ParkEnvironmental science, biology, paleontology, fossil collectingwww.calvertparks.org
Calvert CountyCalvert Marine MuseumEnvironmental science, marine biology, Maryland history, fossil collectingwww.calvertmarinemuseum.com/182/Homeschool
St. Mary's CountySotterly PlantationMaryland Historywww.sotterleyplantation.com/homeschool-sotterley-plantation.htm
St. Mary's CountyHistoric St. Mary's CityNative American & Maryland Historyhsmcdigshistory.org/programs-tours/programsevents


Western MarylandOrganizationDescriptionWeb Site
Frederick CountyFountain Rock Park & Nature CenterEnvironmental science, biology, Native American historywww.recreater.com/377/Home-School-Programs
Frederick CountyRose Hill Manor MuseumMaryland History, farming, STEAMwww.recreater.com/647/Home-School-Programs
Frederick CountyCatoctin Creek Nature CenterEnvironmental science, wildlife biologywww.recreater.com/170/Home-School-Programs
Frederick CountyHistorical Society of Frederick CountyMaryland Historyfrederickhistory.org/programs/school-group-programs/homeschool-days
Capital RegionOrganizationDescriptionWeb Site
Montgomery CountySandy Spring Adventure ParkTeam building, environmental learningsandyspringadventurepark.org/homeschool-days
Montgomery CountyWoodlawn Manor Cultural Park, Kingsley Schoolhouse, & other sitesMaryland Historywww.montgomeryparks.org/search/homeschool
Montgomery CountyKid MuseumEngineering, sciencekid-museum.org/programs/homeschool
Montgomery CountyBadlands PlayspaceElementary science, creative playtimebadlandsplayspace.com/homeschooldays
Prince George's CountyCollege Park Aviation MuseumAeronautics, historywww.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com/1625/Programs
Prince George's CountyMontpelier MansionMaryland Historywww.pgparks.com/3068/Educational-School-Programs
Prince George's CountyNational Colonial FarmUS History, animal science, farming, environmental scienceaccokeekfoundation.org
Prince George's CountyPatuxent Wildlife Refuge CenterEnvironmental education, animal sciencewww.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/PublicPrograms.html

DC & VirginiaOrganizationDescriptionWeb Site
Washington DCSmithsonian Museum of Natural HistoryPaleontology, early human history, bugs, etcqrius.si.edu
Washington DCNational ZooBiology, animal sciencenationalzoo.si.edu/education/classes
Washington DCNational Building MuseumArchitecture, engineeringwww.nbm.org/learn/schools-teachers/homeschool
Washington DCDumbarton HouseUS Historydumbartonhouse.org/home-school
Washington DCSpy MuseumHistory, math, science & technologywww.spymuseum.org/education-programs/educators
Fairfax County VAGeorge Washington's Mt VernonUS Historywww.mountvernon.org/plan-your-visit/calendar/events/homeschool-day
Albermarle County VAThomas Jefferson's MonticelloUS Historywww.monticello.org/site/visit/events/home-educators-day
Orange County VAJames Madison's Montpelier MansionUS Historywww.montpelier.org/events/homeschool-day
Wallops Island VAChincoteague Bay Field StationMarine biology, environmental sciencewww.cbfieldstation.org/homeschool.html
Williamsburg VAColonial WilliamsburgColonial Historywww.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/homeschoolers
Williamsburg VAJamestown SettlementColonial Historywww.historyisfun.org/learn/homeschool-scouts/homeschool-program
Page County VALuray CavernsGeologyluraycaverns.com/events/home-school-week-at-luray-caverns
Virginia Beach VAVirginia AquariumMarine biologywww.virginiaaquarium.com/learn/Pages/School-Programs.aspx

                     

                               

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