The museum offers two types of education programs for homeschooled students:
Group Homeschool Programs at the Museum
One is the free Onsite Homeschool Program, and is similar to the regular K-12 programs described in the Onsite Progams. A minimum of 10 students is required for reservations.Book a Program
Enhanced Learning Program
The other type of homeschool program is the Enhanced Learning Program, which is longer (approximately 90 minutes) and costs $5 per student––see descriptions below. Reservations are required, payment must be made in advance, and the fee is nonrefundable. Programs are designed for K-12 students, except the “Bones and Fossils” session, for which students must have at least completed 4th grade.
Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive. Each vehicle should stop at the Visitor Information station and request a permit for two hours to park. Place the permit on the dashboard of the vehicle.
Registration for the museum’s 2017–2018 Enhanced Learning Program for Homeschooled Students begins July 28, 2017.Register Online
2017–2018 Enhanced Learning Program for Homeschooled Students
Each lesson includes an activity. All materials are provided.
- Monday, September 11, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m.– Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee – introduction to types of rocks, stratigraphy and dating, and plate tectonics; also processes of fossilization, adaptations, and environmental change over time. Students examine actual fossils.
- Monday, October 2, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m. – Northwest Coast Art- Life in the Northwest Coast as seen through the works of the Coast Salish, Haida, Makah, and Tinglit among other indigenous peoples of the region.
- Monday, November 6, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m.- Archaeology & Native Peoples of Tennessee (Part I)– Life in Tennessee before and after the end of the Ice Age, including the beginning of agriculture.
- Monday, December 4, 2017, 10-11:30 a.m.- Archaeology & Native Peoples of Tennessee (Part II)– Life in Tennessee Woodland to Historic period, trade, art, Cherokee society, Sequoyah and the syllabary, and the Trail of Tears.
- Monday, January 8, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m.- Freshwater Mussels of Tennessee– Ecology, life cycle, classification, and human use of freshwater mussels, which are important ecological species, in Tennessee.
- Monday, February 5, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m.– Ancient Rome and Ancient China – Life on the frontier of the Roman Empire; Chinese history through art and objects, including agriculture, the Silk Road, religions, inventions.
- Monday, March 5, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m.- Ancient Egypt – geography, environment and agriculture; writing; government; religion, including gods & goddesses, temples, tombs, mummification and the afterlife; daily life.
- Monday, April 2, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m.- Bones and Fossils- limited to 5th grade and older: scientific inquiry; bone biology; comparative anatomy; basic knowledge of heredity [DNA, mutations]; how organisms change over time; fossils of human ancestors and nonhuman ancestors are examined, also early stone tools and art.