Homeschool Events List for January 28, 2014

More information about area events can be found at  and check the Ongoing Offerings section for homeschool specific links to many area attractions. And you can always use the search feature to look through all past posts and any pages. Don’t forget to check out the top tabs too! Please feel free to forward this email to other homeschoolers and encourage them to join the email loop; sign up is at the top of the right column.  My contact information is available at the bottom of this post if you have any questions and please let me know if you find incorrect/out of date information. LIKE THE LIST ON FACEBOOK!

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 Grades 2nd—12th; Homeschoolers Welcome!
By Appointment: 9am-11am | Open Call: 11am-1pm To schedule an appointment or to RSVP for Open Call, please email or call (314) 635-8608. Auditions will be held at The Journey School Building, 4926 Reber Pl, St. Louis, MO 63139
Visit or call (314) 635-8608 for more information.
Gateway Center for Performing Arts production of Disney High School Musical On Stage will show May 17th & 18th.

Birds of Winter: Raptor Reality!
Treehouse Wildlife Center, 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO 63386
Feb 1 2014 – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Join us at The Audubon Center at Riverlands for the arrival of the Birds of Winter! It may be cold outside, but it’s always 70 degrees inside The Audubon Center at Riverlands. Two story circular bay windows provide a 140o grand vista of the Mississippi River, where you may see eagles, trumpeter swans and other fascinating waterfowl.
See a raptor, up close and personal!  TreeHouse Wildlife Center will be at the Center with a rehabilitated raptor. It could be an owl, hawk or falcon – stop by the Center to see who shows up!
While you’re at the Center, learn about eagle watching – how to spot eagles, where to look and what brings the eagles here each winter. High powered spotting scopes will be available to enhance the eagle viewing experience and knowledgeable staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist visitors and answer questions. Afterwards, cross the river and enjoy a warm beverage and good eats in the picturesque riverfront town of Alton, IL.
Admission is free to all events! For questions or to schedule a group, please call 636-899-0090. The Audubon Center at Riverlands’ Birds of Winter is funded, in part, by the Great Rivers Greenway District.

Maple Sugar Festival
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
(All Ages) It’s maple sugar time! You’ve been waiting all winter and it’s finally here! Come experience conservation success and forest resources at their finest – and sweetest! Visit the Sugar Bush to see trees tapped and collect the precious sap. Boil the sap down like Colonial Americans at the Three Kettle Station and see a more modern method at the Sugar Shack. Taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy and pure maple sugar. More importantly, learn do to all of this right in your own backyard. It’s a day your whole family will enjoy. (No reservations necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via a shuttle bus. Roadway signs and staff will direct vehicles to parking locations. Please call 636-458-2236 for more information.)

Homeschool Morning at the Magic House
Once again the Magic House, has graciously agreed to give us the wonderful $3.00 price for ALL of our Magic House Mornings this school year. We have promised them that “if they make it affordable, we will come”. Please, please spread the word about this great deal and make plans to attend one or all of the Homeschool Mornings at the Magic House. It’s such a wonderful experience to have that entire venue full of like-minded families. You can let your children have a lot of freedom knowing that the building is closed to the public and is open to only homeschool families and sweet Magic House employees. My goal again this year is to fill the Magic House with hundreds of homeschoolers and show our appreciation to the Administrative Staff of the Magic House for their generosity towards us!
Please note the following:
*Price: $3.00 per person (adults included)
*Children under the age of 1 are free.
*You may NOT use any membership pass or discount coupons as this is already a special price.
*Sign up is not necessary. You may pay at the counter and you may use the following:
Cash * Check * Credit Card * Debit Card
*Be sure to use the entrance to the new Educational Center…do NOT use the old entrance (facing the school) and do NOT use the front doors facing Kirkwood Road.
* THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL HOMESCHOOLERS…SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Please feel free to copy this and forward to them. It is important that we have over 400 participants or the price could be raised.
*If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Mullins at

Compass and Laser to Find Your Way
Location: August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area
Date: Friday, February 7, 2014, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
(Families 10 and up) Have you ever hiked in the woods at night without a trail? Learn off-trail navigation skills with our Naturalists for a unique family experience! Navigate to landmarks using a compass and laser to point the way. Ideal for first-time participants to Orienteering and Navigation programs. Effort = Mild to Moderate: two to three mile off-trail hiking over gentle hills. Thick vegetation and briars present but can be avoided. (Reservations begin January 24. Please call 636-441-4554.)

Basket Weaving Class
2/8/2014 | First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site
200 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO | (636) 940-3322
The public is invited to learn a unique skill at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. The class will cover the art of basket weaving and participants will create a beautiful handmade item, perfect for giving as a gift or keeping as a treasured family heirloom.
These events are perfect for a group of friends or for making new friends. Classes are $35 per person and class size is limited, so registration is required. Individuals are welcomed to register for more than one class, as a different type of basket will be featured during each lesson. Each class is $35 and all materials will be supplied. Class participants will walk away from each class with a newly-learned talent and beautiful, hand-crafted basket.
Register today to create one of the following projects:
• Round apple basket on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Market Basket on March 8 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Egg Basket on April 5 at 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

How Does Nature Clean Up? How Can We Help?
Location: Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
(Adults and Families, 7 and up) By design, nature cleans up after itself in all capacities. Examples are water purification, scavenging dead plants and animals, and soil fertilization. In this program, we will investigate some of the creatures responsible for these tremendous tasks. We will also discuss different ways to mimic nature in our own conservation efforts. Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for a nice winter hike! (Reservations begin January 28 by calling 314-301-1500.)

Forensic Science: What’s Real, What’s Not? What’s Cool, What’s Hot?
February 11, 2014; 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Special Partnership Presentation
Featured Speaker: Bryan Hampton, Director, Criminalistics Laboratory, St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department
Hear about the hot topics in forensics and its role in solving cold cases. Forensic scientist and St. Charles County Criminalistics Lab director, Bryan Hampton takes a look at the realities of forensic science and debunks some of the often glamorized science’s common myths. You’ll learn about the tools used in the crime lab and how the efforts of forensic scientists today impact the crimes of tomorrow.
Registration required. FREE and OPEN to ALL. Middle and high school students are welcome to attend.
For more information, or to register, CLICK HERE, or call 314.533.8586.
St. Charles City-County Library, Corporate Parkway Branch, 1200 Corporate Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385

Homeschool Special: Maple Sugaring
Location: Rockwoods Reservation
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
(All Ages) Embark on a Missouri tradition. Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to collect sap, and learn how to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors and part of the trail is not stroller accessible. (Reservations begin January 30. Please call 636-458-2236.)

Legend of Lone Elk Park
Sunday 2/23/14; 1 – 3 p.m.
Lone Elk Park
A park naturalist will guide hikers on the White Bison Trail to observe the elk, deer, bison and other wildlife that call Lone Elk Park home. Hikers will encounter steep rocky trails.
Advance registration is required by calling (314) 615-8472.
All Ages $6/person

Missouri History Museum Day
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ST. LOUIS! Monday, February 24; registration begins February 17
At the Missouri History Museum, we celebrate educational choice through our Homeschool Day programs. We take pride in crafting experiences designed to best serve the needs of homeschool families.
Thanks to the generous support of our members, donors, and taxpayers, MHM Homeschool Days are completely free! All activities will be available from 10am to 2pm, and you can spend as much or as little time with us as you’d like. Families interested in participating are kindly requested to RSVP by registering at Advance registrations allow us to make sure we have enough activity materials for everyone.
We communicate information about these programs exclusively via email. Please sign up for our eNewsletter at to make sure you stay in the loop!

From Sand to Silicon: Semiconductors
Mar 5th, 2014 (Wed); Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Science Seminar Series
Featured Speaker: Graham Fisher, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, SunEdison; Academy of Science – St. Louis Trustee
What is a semiconductor anyway? And why is silicon so special? Silicon Valley, the silicon economy… Silicon, the most studied element on Earth is the foundation of the $1.5 trillion electronics industry. And it’s very likely that some of the silicon in your home was manufactured right here in Missouri. Join SunEdison chief scientist, Dr. Graham Fisher, for a look at where silicon comes from, how it’s purified and converted to substrates suitable for manufacturing semiconductors for computer chips and other integrated circuits, and why its been so successful as the semiconductor of choice.
Bring your curiosity and queries to this in-depth look at the heart of today’s modern electronics. Dr. Fisher brings show-and-tell items for viewing and welcomes your questions.
Graham Fisher leads St. Peter’s-based SunEdison’s Emerging Technologies research group.
To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)
Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot. FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required. For more information call 314-533-8586 or email

Forensic Anthropology
Mar 6th, 2014 (Thu); Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Pioneering Science Series
Featured Speaker: Cristina Figueroa-Soto, Fellow and Biological Anthropology Ph.D. candidate, Forensic Anthropology Center, Department of Anthropology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
DRAWINGS FOR TWO FREE JUNIOR SCIENCE ACADEMY MEMBERSHIPS at each Pioneering Science Seminar. Junior Academy of Science– Real-world science opportunities and field trips monthly— for students of all abilities in grades 6 – 12.
Location: Kirkwood High School Keating Theater, 801 West Essex, Kirkwood, MO 63122
FREE parking in Kirkwood High School lots.
FREE and OPEN to ALL—middle and high school students, teachers, adults and the general public. Registration not required.

Used Sale before the Expo!
HELPS 4th Annual Used Book and Curriculum Sale is scheduled for Saturday, March 15th, 9-12pm at (NEW LOCATION) Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, 920 Lindsay Lane, Florissant, MO 63031. Set up will be from 8am-9am. Cost of a table for HELPS members is $4 per table. NON-HELPS member pay $6 per table. This is a great opportunity to sell items prior to the Expo. To reserve a table, contact Laura at Your table is not secured until the money has been received.

If you know of an event, class, happening, or link you would like to see added, please contact me at zana8796 [at] yahoo [dot] com  Comments are not available, but sharing is.
The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you.

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