Homeschool Program


Our Homeschool Programs are designed for families with children up to age 12, however, all ages are welcome to attend and all participating children are asked to pay program admission. Each month will be a different theme, children will experience learning in our classrooms, our tropical conservatory, and our insect galleries – and maybe even a trip outside!


Students: $8.50 per participating child, plus HST

Adults: $5.00 per adult, plus HST.

Participating children must be accompanied by an adult.  Payment is due upon arrival on day of program.  Annual passes are not valid for this program.

Dates & Times:

Bugcicle Hunt

Come and discover how different creepy crawlies survive our cold Canadian winter, from migration to hibernation, and everything in between. We’ll start inside and then bundle up for a hike outside to look for signs of insect life. Afterwards, warm up with a visit to the tropical Conservatory!  Pick the date works best for your family.

Dates: Wednesday, January 15 OR Thursday, January 16

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

What’s the Buzz – Insect Communication

Come and discover the different sounds, dances, colours and lights that insects use to talk to each other!

Dates: Wednesday, February 12 OR Thursday, February 13 (please note these dates have CHANGED from February 19 & 20)

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Masters of Disguise – Camouflage & Mimicry

Discover the amazing adaptations of colour, form,, texture, behaviour and more that insects use to survive and thrive in nature!

Dates: Wednesday, March 25 OR Thursday, March 26

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Insect Safari

Bring your bug boxes and nets and come prepared to discover and hunt for some cool backyard bugs!

Dates: Wednesday, April 15 OR Thursday, April 16

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Did you know?

With a group of 15 or more, you can book your own Homeschool Program!

Past Programs:

  • Magnificent Monarchs:Join us for games and hand-on activities and learn about the monarchs life cycle and discover why the monarch has two different life expectancies!  Weather permitting this program will include both indoor and outdoor time.
  • ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’: Come and meet our woolly bears up close and learn about the truth about the woolly bear’s stripes and discover how they spend the winter.
  • House of Butterflies: We’ll read the story, ‘Isabel’s House of Butterflies’ by Tony Johnston and see how the lives of people living within the monarchs overwintering grounds in Mexico are similar and different to our own lives.  We will also be collecting food donations for the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
  • Bugsicle Hunt: Come and discover how different creepy crawlies survive our cold Canadian winter, from migration to hibernation, and everything in between.
  • Morpho Mysteries: Join us as we discover, with hands-on activities, what makes the blue morpho butterfly one of our favourites!  Learn about their specialized vision and hearing, camouflage, and why their blue colour is so vibrant.
  • Butterfly Life Cycle: Explore strategies used by butterflies to survive through different stages of life (eg. caterpillars look like bird droppings, chrysalides look like leaves).  Discover similarities and differences between two different kinds of insect life cycles. Learn how you can help our local butterfly populations. This program is all indoors and will include time in the tropical Conservatory and a live insect encounter. Pick the date works best for your family.
  • Beneficial Bug Hunt: Bring your bug boxes, bug nets, hats and water bottles and come dressed for an outdoor afternoon bug hunt!  We’ll start the program indoors and learn about the unique characteristics of insects and then we’ll head out to our back field to see what we can find! Pick the date works best for your family.
  • Secret Life of Trees: It’s easy to take trees for granted.  After all, it looks like they just stand around and do nothing.  In reality, they are very busy doing many very important jobs. Come and discover how insects and people depend on trees for survival.
  • Crafting: Join us for a relaxing afternoon of butterfly and insect inspired crafts , a Conservatory scavenger hunt and encounters with live tropical insects! Pick the date works best for your family. This program is all indoors.

Three ways to register!

1) CALL:

519-653-1234 x105

2) E-MAIL:


Fill out the form below to register your child(ren) for our Homeschool Program(s)

Below are a few details about our program and ways you can help ensure that everyone has a positive and memorable Conservatory experience.

  • Preregister at least one week in advance as space is limited and we want to ensure we are prepared enough materials for all the activities.

  • Program runs from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Plan to arrive about 10 – 15 minutes early so you have time to pay, use the washroom and get yourself settled.  Late arrivals can be distracting to the group, and you may have missed something fun.

  • Please supervise your child.  If your child is distracted, please gently try to redirect his/her attention back to the activity.

  • Younger siblings under 3 years old are welcome to attend our program, however, if your child is upset and/or disrupting the group, please take your child out of the program room until they have calmed down and refocused.  You can rejoin the group at any time.

  •  Model good listening.  Sit with your child and give your full attention and please turn off and put away cell phones.