Showed my child new and inventive ways to explore and play in nature. Developed appreciation for all the details to be found in the flora and fauna right here where we live. Helped child feel confident getting hands dirty, picking up bugs, exploring. Broadened child’s ideas of what to do outdoors. Great foundational, hands-on science instruction that will stick with kids all their lives. OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

They love learning about nature and being in nature much more than if they hadn’t been in the program! It has made them more inquisitive about the world around them!

Really sparked my daughters interest in the topics covered. Made her want to learn more and take the extra step in her assignments. She now views herself as “someone who is really into learning about the environment”.

My children have been attending Homeschool Ed-venture classes for many years now and have loved every minute of them! Each of my children are unique with varying interests and personalities…I couldn’t be more pleased with each instructor’s ability to reach each of my children and keep them engaged. Riveredge has become an essential part of our homeschooling life!

Loved the Coyote level!!!!! Challenging for the students and allowed them to really sink their teeth into their learning and their projects.

We have people comment all of the time at how wise our kids are with issues pertaining to nature, the environment, plants and treating it all with respect. While this is something our family values, your classes really help bring it all together.

our family loves the outdoors and really finds winter to be a treat. It is great to have a class that encourages outside time in the winter. It helps children to find the beauty and fun of one of the best seasons we have. It helps when you have classes, themes and suggested reading that helps us remember how special winter is.

Riveredge classed are by far my daughter’s favorite part of our homeschool curriculum.

Update: Most classes for 2018/19 school year are filled. Very limited space is available. Please complete the application below to be added to the wait-list.

Join us in our 379-acre outdoor classroom as we explore and learn about the natural world, ask questions, and make connections.

What is Homeschool Ed-ventures?

Homeschool Ed-ventures is a science education program designed for 4K-12th grade homeschooled students who enjoy hands-on learning and outdoor adventure. Taught in the “Riveredge style,” each small class of students engages in cooperative, inquiry-based learning, guided by professionally trained educators.

Outdoor Exploration and Sense of Place

The core content of our program takes place outdoors; our students delight in exploring the many habitats at Riveredge throughout the seasons. The children also develop a strong sense of their place in the natural world and a sense of belonging at Riveredge.

Continued Learning and Relationship Building (Children)

As children grow up in our program, they progress through play-based nature explorations to scientific inquiry and in-depth field studies. We offer five mixed-age classes, each with unique curriculum designed for their developmental level: Dragonflies (grades 4K-5K, student must be able to use the bathroom independently), Monarchs (grades 1-2), Hawks (grades 3-4), Sturgeon (grades 5-7), and Coyotes (grades 8-12). The mixed-age classes offer opportunities for students to take leadership roles, receive mentoring and develop strong learning partnerships.

Continued Learning and Relationship Building (Families): Class Websites

Following registration confirmation and prior to the start of each session, our Educators send a welcome letter to each of their classes, including the link to each class’ website.

In order to enhance communication between our dedicated educators and homeschool families, we have developed secure class websites (using Google Sites) that feature general information about the program, including Parent Curriculum Guides. Following each class, Educators update the websites with new photographs, class highlights, and information for your child(ren) to assist in guiding their learning journey at home. We hope these interactive sites allow for a richer understanding of your child(ren)’s experiences at Riveredge, and provide greater independence for your child(ren).

Following Spring Session, Riveredge hosts an End of Year Celebration Picnic, including a slideshow of pictures and optional activities for families to experience together on site.

For a detailed look into the program, please view the following document: 

Homeschool Ed-ventures Informational Presentation

Current Parent & Student Information

Use the direct link provided to you in your welcome letter to access class material.

New Forestry Management Curriculum Available

With gratitude to the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board, Riveredge is happy to provide our forestry management curriculum as a resource for other environmental educators, parents, and institutions.

This 5 week curriculum engages middle and high school homeschool students (6-12th grade) in inquiry based education programming that examines forest health and land management through the lens of a professional forester and/or land manager. This curriculum uses the most current technology/tools in forestry management to engage, inform, and teach students about Wisconsin forestry and forestry management concepts.

Riveredge Nature Center Forestry Management Curriculum

Forestry Management Curriculum Appendix Pages

This curriculum was produced, and is available to you, under a 2015-16 grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.  It is copyrighted by both Riveredge Nature Center and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. Please properly acknowledge both parties when utilizing the curriculum for your purposes.  Thank you!

Our homeschool teachers are well trained and passionate about exploring the natural world. Click HERE to learn more about our homeschool teachers!

The Parent Handbook outlines supplies needed for class, communication, and overall expectations for timeliness that will help ensure a great class. Click here for a copy!

2018-2019 Homeschool Ed-Ventures Descriptions for K4 – 7

Each session includes five classes, which are divided into two science units and a learning quest.  Each science unit is covered over two consecutive classes to allow for in-depth study.  The learning quest will take place during the last class of each session.


Unit 1: Prairie Pioneers

September 14th/17th and September 28th/October 1st

Explore the prairie from a First Nations and European Pioneer perspective. Uncover prairie plant legends and lore and experience how fire is used to manage grasslands.

Unit 2: The Enchanted Forest

October 12th/15th and 26th/29th

How does a forest change through seasons and over years? Investigate the secret lives of animals and plants to discover how they shape the forests around us.

Quest: Riveredge Ruins – Clues of the Past

November 9th/12th

It’s time for adventure! Piece together the history of the land called Riveredge as you uncover the story behind the mysterious riverside ruins.


Unit 1: Weather Detectives

January 4th/7th and 18th/21st

Snow, ice, and wind, here we come! Conduct experiments and observations to investigate the patterns of wild winter weather.

Unit 2: Underneath the Ice

February 1st/4th and 15th/18th

What happens underneath the ice after a pond freezes over? As oxygen and light levels decrease, who will be the last survivors?

Quest: Wintry Tree Mysteries

March 1st/4th

Ever wonder what’s happening beneath the bark of a tree? Solve the riddles to some of Riveredge’s most majestic woodland species to uncover their secrets.


Unit 1: Habitat Healing

April 5th/8th and 19th/22nd

Celebrate Earth Day every day! Discover how to care for wild habitats by surveying animal populations, removing invasive plants, and more.

Unit 2: Ephemeral Spring

May 3rd/6th and 17th/20th

Spring is a magical time of change, from vernal pools to wildflowers and migrating birds. Experience these temporary worlds before they disappear for the year!

Quest: Bioblitz

May 31st/ June 3rd

Biodiversity matters! Let’s unravel the secrets of biodiversity at Riveredge, and discover how all living things are connected in the web of life.

2018-2019 Program Descriptions for Grades 8-12

Each session includes five classes that are focused on a science theme to allow for in-depth study. Students will read a book that correlates to each session’s topic and discuss questions about these books in class. Students will keep a journal from a nature spot near home, and discuss observed seasonal changes of this area in class. 


Taxonomy of Insects

September 17th – November 12th

Collect, Identify, and Classify


Winter Ecology

January 7th – March 4th

Weather Emphasis


Taxonomy of Plants

April 8th – June 3rd

The Importance of Algae