The Museum of York County offers monthly programs for Homeschoolers!

2019-2020 Calendar:

Beginning in the fall of 2019, for our Homeschool classes we will require pre-payment at registration for a three month semester, rather than individual month by month registration. Cost for each child will be $24.00 per semester. Semester classes are non-refundable. Wednesday will be our homeschool program for both 7-8 year olds and 9-11 year olds. The monthly class will be a drop-off and last two full hours from 1-3 pm. We value your participation and hope to see you next fall. Parents with or without siblings are welcome to enjoy the museum on their own. CHM Membership does not apply for this special program.Pre-payment/registration opens August 1, 2019 | Maximum per class is 20 students Stop by the museum Tues. – Fri. between 10 am - 5 pm or call 803-981-9182 or email: 

Forest Ecology: Sept. Oct. Nov.
Ecology is the study of living things and their interrelationships with each other and their environment. Wooded areas are part of a complex living system composed of many different plants, trees, decomposers and animals. This semester we will explore some of the varied ways that these organisms depend on each other. Dress for the weather as each month we will explore outdoors as part of our lesson.

September 11  • Forest Ecology- Energy and Plants • 1-3 pm
All living things are dependent on the Sun’s energy. Energy flows through food chains. Plants produce food and provide shelter for animals as well as helping to regulate the amount of sunlight and moisture in the environment. Animals help disperse seeds for plants. Through educational activities and a trip to the Settlemyre Planetarium, we will explore this interdependence and flow of energy.

October 9  • Forest Ecology- Decomposers • 1-3 pm
How dependent are you on fungi? We will focus on decomposition by the creatures that call the forest home. We will discover what goes on in the forest above and below ground to create rich soil and a diverse habitat as the forest breaks down.

November 13  • Forest Ecology: Animals • 1-3 pm
This month we will head out on the trail to try to find evidence for the animal populations that live in our woods. We’ll search for food sources, scat, tracks, tunnels & trails, eggs, etc., observing the clues and discerning what they tell us about who lives in our woods.     

Principles of Flight: Jan. Feb. March
Birds are varied and amazing creatures. With gifts of song, flight, and beautiful colors, it’s no wonder people love birds. This semester we will study some principles of flight while stepping back to take a closer look at birds.

January 8  • Flight: A Dream Come True • 1-3 pm
Have you ever dreamt of flying like a bird? Long before the invention of the airplane people looked to the skies and marveled at the “effortless” flight of birds. Examine some principles of flight like drag and lift; plus explore how scientists use models to test and make changes to designs. A visit to the Settlemyre Planetarium will aid our observation of celestial birds found in the constellations.

February 12  • Flight: Birds Led the Way • 1-3 pm
Can you tell a wing feather from a tail feather or a contour feather? Each type of feather helps a bird in different ways. Specialized wing feathers help birds in their habitat as well during long migrations. This month we will focus on migration and head outdoors to observe some birds; some of which may be passing through.

March 11  • Flight: A Bird’s Eye View • 1-3 pm
What special adaptations do birds have? From eyesight to bird calls, from feet to beaks, these incredible creatures have very specialized ways to meet their needs. Through educational activities we will explore some of these adaptations.