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


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"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!!!!!!"

"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."

"As my high school senior is heading off to college his intended degree is environmental sustainability. All of his choices for majors were something to do with nature either adventure education or forestry. He has always needed and enjoyed being outdoors. Riveredge has absolutely made him realize his life goals can be outdoors and nature-related."

"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!"

"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."

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

"My son loves climbing trees and reading books, enjoying the peace there. It was the incentive of sharing this adventure at journal time that inspired his first climb - and he hasn’t stopped since. Thank you!"

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

"My kids love the experiential & interactive aspects of EdVentures; they see outdoor careers as viable options; they have a deep knowledge of nature compared to peers — no fear!"

***PLEASE READ*** Enrollment is closed for the 2019/20 season but feel free to apply to be added to the waiting list. There may be opportunities to be added on before the start of the winter season.

What is Homeschool Ed-ventures? Homeschool Ed-ventures is a science education program designed for homeschooled children 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. The majority of our program takes place outdoors; taking advantage of the many habitats at Riveredge throughout the seasons. Children develop a strong sense of their place in the natural world and a sense of belonging to both Riveredge and their homeschool community.

Continued Learning and Relationship Building  As children grow up in our program, they progress through play-based nature explorations to scientific inquiry and in-depth field studies. The mixed-age classes offer opportunities for students to take leadership roles, receive mentoring and develop strong learning partnerships. In addition, each class has its own secure website that features class highlights, photos, and information for your child(ren) to assist in their learning journey at home. Riveredge also offers a Facebook group for currently registered families and offers periodic family-based educational programs throughout the year.

For a detailed look into the program, please view the following document:  Homeschool Ed-ventures Informational Presentation

For general questions, please contact Julie Dickson at

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Homeschool Edventures 2019-20

Class Descriptions 2019-20

Tadpoles(0-3 years) and Dragonflies(4K-5K)


  • Fruits of Fall - Investigate seeds and how they travel from place to place
  • A Bug's Life - Search for insects while learning about their life cycles
  • Quest: Water, water everywhere - Experiment with water and follow water from clouds to rivers to plants and beyond. 


  • Secrets of the Big Sleep - Search for the true hibernators of Wisconsin.
  • Who Eats Whom -Trace a food chain from sunshine to soil. 
  • Quest: Maple Sugarin' - Head to the sugarbush to tap a tree and discover how maple syrup is made. 


  • The Great Migration - Follow the paths of birds and butterflies as they travel north.
  • Peepers, Creepers, and Leapers - Look for frogs in the pond and salamanders in the forest to see how they grow.
  • Quest: Get your Garden Growing - Help prepare the garden for the growing season while learning how plants grow and provide food for humans. 

Monarchs(1st-2nd) and Hawks(3rd-4th)


  • Invertebrate Investigation - Search for insects and other invertebrates while learning about their adaptations, life cycles, and special roles.
  • Geology Rocks - Let's go rock hunting! Investigate ancient landforms at Riveredge created by geologic activity.
  • Quest: Water Cycle Adventure - Use watershed and aquifer models to investigate how water travels through the landscape.


  • Predator Impact - How to predators change the environment? Investigate the ever-changing relationship between predator and prey.
  • Skulls, Scats, and Tracks - What are signs that animals were here? Look for the clues that are left behind to test your tracking skills. 
  • Quest: Maple Sugarin' - Follow clues to identify sugar maples and learn Native American and pioneer traditions of collecting sap for Maple Syrup 


  • Energy Flow in the Pond - Collect and observe beetles, tadpoles, and dragonfly nymphs, then map their interactions to create your own food web.
  • Garden Explorations - Experiment with seeds, organic gardening, and permaculture. Plant your own project in the garden and watch it grow!
  • Quest: Nutrient Detectives - Discover how nutrients travel through animals, plants, waterways, and soil. Learn how to compost to keep those nutrients going. 

Sturgeon (5th-7th)


  • River Connections - Learn how everything is connected in the water and design investigations to study the river. 


  • Symbiotic cycles - How do living things rely on one another to survive? Explore how life changes as the temperatures drop. 


  • Nutrient Navigation - Track nutrients, pollutants, and microscopic materials as they travel through the environment. 

Coyotes (8th-12th)

Mondays Only!


  • Sustainable Agricultural Methods - Examine techniques for organic farming, permaculture, and grass-fed livestock. 


  • Sustainable Communities and Cultures - Investigate "ecological footprints" and models of sustainable living.


  • Forestry and Land Management - Learn tools and techniques to determine and maintain the health of a forest. 

For Parents

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!

Looking for your class website or curriculum? Please contact your group’s lead teacher. Click the above link to find your teacher’s name. You can also contact Inquiry-Based Curriculum and Instruction Manager, Kacey Tait at 

New Forestry Management Curriculum Available

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

This 5-week curriculum engages 6-12th-grade students in inquiry-based education programming that examines forest health and land management through the lens of a professional forester. This curriculum uses 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 is copyrighted by both Riveredge Nature Center and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board. Please properly acknowledge both parties when utilizing the curriculum for your purposesThank you!