Homeschool Science


In-person Homeschool Classes

Interdisciplinary, inquiry-based science and nature exploration at Billings’ only nature center. Featuring different themes throughout the school year taught by our experienced Teacher Naturalists. To register:

Check back this August for 2021-2022 Registration!

Audubon Center Members receive a 10% discount and free entry into several of our community programs – become a member today by visiting our membership page.

Scholarships are available! Contact the Center at (406) 294 – 5099 or email Hannah for more information


Classes for three age groups:

  • Littles: entering K – 3rd grade (ages 5-8)
  • Middles: entering 4th – 7th grade (ages 9-12)
  • Advanced: 8th – 10th grade (ages 13-16)

Littles and Middles: Sign up for Mondays, Tuesdays, OR Thursdays from 2 – 3:45

Last Year’s Themes

  • Fall – September 14th to November 5th (8 weeks): Forest and Fire Ecology
  • Winter I – November 9th to December 10th (4 weeks with the week of Thanksgiving off): Mammals of Montana
  • Winter II – January 4th to February 25th (8 weeks): Earth Science
  • Spring I – March 1st to March 25th (4 weeks): Nature CSI
  • Spring II – March 29th to May 20th (8 weeks): Flying Wild

Advanced: Wednesdays from 12 – 2:30

  • Fall – September 16th to November 4th (8 weeks):  Fire: History, Behavior, Ecology
  • Spring – March 31st to May 19th (4 weeks): Avian Science

Session Pricing

Littles and Middles 8-week class: $85/student ($76.50 for members)
Littles and Middles 4-week class: $55/student ($49.50 for members)
Advanced 8-week class: $120/student ($108 for members)


Session Descriptions: Littles and Middles

Forest and Fire Ecology: Forests and fire are one of nature’s original ‘frenemies’. Study the ecology of both by discovering the plants and animals of the forest, as well as the behavior and properties of fire. Experiment with how they interact and depend on each other.

Mammals of Montana: Raccoons and bear and deer, oh my! Take a deep dive into the mammals of Montana. Explore their unique physical and behavioral adaptations that allow them to call Billings home.

Earth Science: Why is the sky blue? Learn the answer to this question and other rockin’ earth science topics. Take a trip to the Yellowstone River to study erosion, create your own constellation, and understand why Montana is so cold!

Nature CSI: There’s a mystery afoot…literally! We will be tracking, identifying scat, and investigating the clues animals leave behind. Use this knowledge to solve nature crime scenes on the last day of class.

Flying Wild: Birds, insects, and bats all call the skies home. Learn about the flying creatures of our world through birding, insect collection, and much more! We will also study the science of flight as we try to engineer our own flying creations.


Session Descriptions: Advanced

Fire: History, Behavior, Ecology: Fire is a natural way to keep our forests healthy. Changes in human activity and climate have resulted in an increased amount of wildfires. Focus on fire throughout human history, fire behavior, and our understanding of fire ecology. We will even create a matchstick forest to model different forest fire scenarios.

Avian Science: Birds have already taught us so much, from being an indicator species for the environment to inspiring human flight. Take an in-depth look at birds through the study of anatomy, physiology, and behavioral patterns. Students will plan, organize, and host a World Migratory Bird Day on May 8th.

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