Homeschool Programs

The Connecticut River Museum offers homeschool families opportunities throughout the year. Homeschool groups are welcome to schedule a custom program or register for one of our homeschool series programs.

The Homeschool Program Series is designed for children ages 6 – 12 years old. Parents/guardians may explore the museum or grounds with younger siblings during the program time. All payments must be received in advance. There are no refunds unless a program is cancelled. Directions and information will be sent for the off-site programs. All other programs are at the Connecticut River Museum at 67 Main Street in Essex.

2023 Homeschool Program Series:

All programs run from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wednesday, February 8, 2023: Steam Power
Wednesday, March 22, 2023: Raptors on the River
Wednesday, April 26, 2023: Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, May 31, 2023: Indigenous People (program takes place on Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook)
Wednesday, June 28, 2023: Water Water Everywhere

Steam Power, February 8
Getting from Place to Place-Steam Technology and Simple Machines. Explore steam technology and various simple machines based on objects in our exhibits and the Annual Train Show. Participate in science experiments, find out how steam power works, and test your strength with simple machines of a sailing ship.

Raptors on the River, March 22
Join us on a RiverQuest for a 2-hour cruise along the lower Connecticut River to observe birds of winter. We search for nests, young eagles, and other raptors that inhabit our Estuary. Rain Date March 24th.

Earth Day Celebration, April 26
Dirt is a nature hero. Investigate soil, how it works, and dirt’s role in a healthy ecosystem. Earth Day is the perfect time to celebrate this vital natural resource!

Indigenous People at Bushnell Farm, May 31
Bushnell Farm is a 22-acre, 17th-century sea-farm which houses a replica of a small Indigenous People village. Visit the grove, explore the forests to locate important natural materials and resources, help prepare a dugout canoe, and cook over an open fire. Rain Date June 7th.

Water Water Everywhere, June 28
Visit our new exhibit Water/Ways. After the visit, learn about watersheds, the power of water, and the value of water. Create your own watershed on our interactive stream table and play a water cycle game.

Program Cost:
$15.00 per session for land-based programs
$25.00 per session for boat-based programs

Custom programs may be arranged by groups or co-ops and must have at least 10 children participating. The programs may be customized for various age ranges, durations, and topics including a variety of social studies and environmental science. Art programs available upon request. Drop-off programs may be available for children 13 years and above. Boat based programs are $25 per person (adults and all children). Land based programs are $15 per child. Adults and additional children not participating in the program pay standard museum admission rates. There are no refunds unless the museum cancels the program.

For more information
Contact Education Department
Phone: 860-767-8269 x121

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