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


"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."

"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!"

"Riveredge instills a strong foundation for a love and respect for nature, and fosters natural curiosity for the world around them that a traditional classroom or home based program could never match."

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

Class Descriptions 2020-21


  • Wiggle Worms: Roll logs and dig in the soil to uncover worms and signs of their important jobs!
  • Who lives in a tree?: From roots to a canopy, learn how many living things rely on trees to survive.
  • Quest: Camouflage Hunt: Why do some animals blend in? Stick out? Let’s hike to find all the clues.


  • Shapes in nature: Let’s learn nature’s patterns and shapes and find out why they form.
  • Winter sensitizing: What can we use to sense our world? Experiment and compare our senses to other living things.
  • Quest: Hoot and Howl: Let’s make some noise! How do animals “talk” to one another and why?


  • Animals in action: Let’s act things out to learn why many animals like to work together.
  • Flower Frenzy: What’s the reason for a flower? Let’s discover why flowers have so many different colors, smells, and shapes.
  • QUEST: Growing up wild: How do parent animals take care of their young? When should we help wild babies or leave them be?


  • River adaptations: From small creeks to the Milwaukee River, explore watery habitats and who lives within them.
  • Soil makers and shakers: Take a closer look at the ingredients of soil and the creatures responsible for making more. Gain a new respect for “dirt.”
  • Quest: Seeds on the move: Investigate seeds, how they are scattered, and the requirements to get seeds sprouting.


  • The Big Freeze: Discover how living things thrive, get warm, and stay fed during the coldest time of the year.
  • Survival shelter building: Learn the many different ways nature provides shelter and try your hand at making a shelter of your own!
  • Quest: Snowy Creek: Discover the ecology of Riveredge Creek and explore sections only accessible in winter.


  • Amazing amphibians: Explore amphibian life cycles, breeding areas, and how they often the first signs of environmental change.
  • Navigate your world: Learn how to use maps, compasses, and other navigation techniques to explore Riveredge.
  • Quest: Celebrate natural systems: Learn about Riveredge’s unique species and ways to help
    their beautiful habitats.


  • Insects and their Kin: Compare different insect habitats and examine some unique adaptations of insects and their relatives.


  • Winter Survival: Investigate how organisms survive the winter in different habitats and test your own survival skills.


  • Citizen science investigation: Discover how scientists monitor wildlife and design your own animal investigations.


Mondays Only!


  • Rivers and streams: Study watersheds and the human impact on the health of a river.


  • Water quality in Winter months:Conduct water quality testing and compare findings with the DNR in this winter study


  • Limnology: ponds and wetlands: Investigate non-flow systems and their ecological importance to both wild species and people.
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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!