The Jeffers Petroglyphs has announced its new schedule for homeschool days for the 2010/2011 school year, with four days of special activities planned for homeschooling families.
This will be the 8th year that the Petroglyphs has hosted homeschool days.
The dates and themes are:
Atlatl Day: Monday, October 4
Come learn about this ancient spear-throwing tool that has been used around the world for thousands of years. Kids will get to make their own atlatls to take home, can try throwing at the giant buffalo target and can learn how to make their own “darts” (spears), including the physics behind how they work.
Homeschool father and atlatl expert Daryl Hrdlicka will be on hand to teach the day’s events, plus he’ll have a hands-on display of his own atlatl collection from around the world.
Geology Day: Tuesday, November 9
Kids can learn all about rocks in this fun program that uses everything from chocolate chips to UV lights. Kids will get to pick their own geode to crack open and take home, can run through the rock cycle game, do chocolate chip excavating, view rocks and minerals with special UV lights and more.
Be sure to bring your own fossils and favorite rocks! We’ll take turns showing our own collections and learning more about rocks, minerals, fossils and gems.
Prairie Animal Day: Monday, March 7
Come to the prairie to learn about some of the amazing animals that call the prairie home. We’ll have a wide assortment of hides, furs and specimens for kids to handle and learn from, plus lots of crafts and activities to learn more about how prairie animals survive.
Kids will make their own clay tracks, play animal games and listen to animal stories.
Art Day: Tuesday, May 10
Come join other homeschool families and create some works of art! We’ll have a wide assortment of art supplies for kids to use, such as paints, oil pastels, colored pencils and lots of types of paper and canvases.
Bring your camera too, and take a nature walk to capture some of the beauty of the petroglyphs in spring.
At every event there is a toddler area with games, stories and toys to help keep little ones happy.
Admission is $4 for ages 6 and up. Children under 6 and MNHS members are free.
Interested families are asked to RSVP to the Petroglyphs at 507-628-5591 or [email protected] so enough staff and supplies are on hand.
Families are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch or snacks. There is a gift shop where cold drinks, books, souveniers and some traditional snacks are for sale as well.
The Jeffers Petroglyphs site is located near Comfrey, in Southwest Minnesota. Click here for more information about the Petroglyphs and here for local places to stay and driving directions.
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