Homeschool Days at Maymont
Maymont’s field investigation programs are a great option for homeschooled students! Enrich your student’s environmental science, history and social studies with hands-on experiences and interactive learning tools that take advantage of Maymont’s new facilities as well as the historic 100-acre landscape.
Cost: $10 per student
Plant and Creature Features (grades K-3)
Monday, December 4; 2-3:20pm
Claws, feathers, thorns, scales and shells…every animal and plant is unique! Learn about special adaptations that allow for animals and plants to survive and thrive, through group activities and real-life encounters with live animals.
Goods and Services (grades 4-7)
Monday, December 11; 2-3:20pm
James Dooley played a major role in the railroad business in Richmond and beyond. Investigate the transportation of goods and people by railroad and the social impact of accessibility during the Gilded Age and Jim Crow era by exploring Maymont. Participants will compare and contrast life in the past versus the present through digital experiences, primary sources and artifacts.
Community (grades K-3)
Monday, December 18; 2-3:20pm
Learn what it means to be a community on the river, from the first Indigenous population to the people who made up two of Richmond’s communities in the Gilded Age. Compare and contrast life in the early 20th century versus the present through digital experiences, primary sources and artifacts.
Adaptations (grades 4-7)
Thursday, January 11; 10-11:20am
It’s a tough world out there! Animals and plants use a wide spectrum of adaptations to avoid conflict and thrive. Through group activities and with the assistance of Maymont’s animals, students will learn how camouflage and physical and behavioral characteristics help protect Virginia’s native animals and plants, and keep them alive.
Hooray for Habitats (grades K-3)
Thursday, January 18; 10-11:20am
Every animal needs a habitat to thrive! Learn about the many Virginia habitats and the food, water, shelter and space required for animals to grow, reproduce and survive.
Habitats of Virginia (grades 4-7)
Thursday, January 25; 10-11:20am
What makes Virginia beautiful also provides homes for native animals and plants! Learn about different regions of Virginia, the diverse natural resources in these regions, and how animals and plants thrive when they have access to space, food, water and shelter.
Life Cycles (grades K-3)
Monday, March 4; 2-3:20pm
Is a mouse’s life cycle similar to that of a frog? Do apple seeds ever grow into strawberries? Dive into the fascinating world of life cycles for animals and plants with assistance from Maymont’s animals.
Skull Lab and Ecosystem Dynamics (grades 4-7)
Monday, March 11; 2-3:20pm
Ever find an animal skull in the woods? Observe and discuss physiological differences of skulls among omnivores, carnivores and herbivores native to Virginia and gain a deeper understanding of the structure and purpose of specific teeth and other skull formations.
Wonders of Watersheds (grades K-3)
Monday, March 18; 2-3:20pm
Do you know your watershed address? Through hands-on experiences and interactive technology, students will interact directly in the resource Maymont’s watershed, to learn about their own, to identify major pollutants that threaten water quality, and to understand how pollution impacts the lives of native flora and fauna.
Wonders of Watersheds (grades 4-7)
Monday, March 25; 2-3:20pm
Do you know your watershed address? Through hands-on experiences and interactive technology, students will interact directly in the resource, Maymont’s watershed, to learn about their own, to identify major pollutants that threaten water quality, and to understand how pollution impacts the lives of native flora and fauna.