Homeschool Events List for August 25, 2016

Used Curriculum Sale
Daniel Boone Home
Botanical Gardens Volunteering
Monarch Tagging

Big sale! A former homeschool mom is moving…all curriculum from 1st-8th grade for sale!! Saxon Math, Sonlight reading, a little Bob Jones, history, geography, flash cards, Countless DVDs and videos …history of the world, Excellence in Writing, and more!
Saturday Aug 27
8am- 4pm
Sunday Aug 28
2559 Oak Springs Lane, St Louis MO 63131

Daniel Boone Home
Come out to the Historic Daniel Boone Home for a day of learning and adventure!
August 31, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
We invite homeschool students and their families to experience pioneer life by exploring hands-on programs and demonstrations throughout our village. Bring a sack lunch and spend the day learning about Daniel Boone and frontier life. Enjoy the beauty of our site while getting in your core homeschool hours! $6-Students, $5-Adults (18 and older), Children (4 and under): Free; One free adult per 3 paying students.

Volunteer at Botanical Gardens
In addition to Adult volunteers, they accept 14 to 18 year olds with a signed consent form from parents.  This sounds like a way a teen could get a great learning experience, as well as help the community and show off their “people skills”, with the bonus of a chance to document their service for those college applications.
For the application form, see:
Here are the volunteer spots listed:
-Missouri Botanical Garden, main campus: School Programs Educators, Therapeutic Horticulture, Horticulture, Information Technology, Institutional Advancement, Office Assistance, Publications/Media, Retail, Science and Conservation, Special Events, Special Events, Trade
-Butterfly House, Chesterfield: Butterfly Ambassador, Butterfly Monitoring, Education, Entomology,  Guest Services, Horticulture, MANTIS, Retail/Admissions, Special Events
-Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit: Building Maintenance, Ecological Management, Education, Horticulture, Special Events, Special Events, Trail Maintenance
-Litzsinger Road Ecology Center, Ladue: Education, Horticulture

Monarch Tagging
September 10; 10am – 3pm
Visitors will enjoy a variety of interactive learning experiences, such as monarch butterfly catching and tagging.
Using mysterious powers rivaling a GPS, they navigate a landscape more vast than the span of the continental United States. With instinct alone as their guide and in perfect sync, thousands journey through the air each autumn to one particular mountain range in Mexico. It’s a specific roosting site custom-made for their needs.
They’re not birds.  They’re butterflies.
Monarchs, showy and familiar orange and black butterflies, are the only species of insect that makes this amazing migration.  The route of this incredible trip goes through the Show-Me State, and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are celebrating the monarch migration with a special event.  The Monarch Tagging Event takes place Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. at the DOE Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center in St. Charles.  The event is free and everyone in the family is welcome.
Though monarchs are the front liners, the Monarch Tagging Event will celebrate all pollinating creatures that help our plants thrive.  The event will offer an interactive and fun way to learn about pollinator declines and what people can do to help.
Butterfly tagging and releases every two hours are the headline activities. Visitors will get to tag monarchs themselves and become citizen scientists as they learn about butterflies hands-on.
The Monarch Tagging Event will also feature native gardening demonstrations with gardening experts, an observation hive of live honeybees as well as a beekeeper to answer questions.
Other activities will include hikes on the site’s 150-acre restored Howell Prairie, educational stations, games, and crafts including seed bombs full of native wildflower seeds.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and soft drinks and enjoy a picnic lunch on the interpretive site grounds.
As monarchs flit from plant to plant in search of food, they spread pollen crucial to the reproduction of their host plants.  More than 75 percent of the Earth’s flowering plants depend on pollinators. It’s a relationship vital to the survival of each—and us.  One out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of pollinating insects.
Pollinator decline in the recent past is a source of concern among scientists.  It’s estimated that in the last 20 years, monarch populations have gone from more than 1 billion to less than 60 million.  Dwindling habitat for these colorful butterflies is believed to be the source of the drop.
Though the numbers for monarchs may seem grim, people can do something to help.  Planting backyard butterfly gardens can help monarch populations recover.  Establishing milkweed and nectar plants will also give them a boost on their long journey.  The Monarch Tagging Event will help visitors learn how they can make a difference.
The Weldon Spring Interpretive Site is located at 7295 Highway 94, approximately two miles south of I-64/40. For more information, call 636-300-2600.


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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln 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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