University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences

Homeschool Programs

Science options are often limited for homeschool students once they reach middle school and high school grade levels. Why not come do science at Cedar Creek, where you have the opportunity to explore many different topics alongside professional scientists and their experiments? Homeschool programs for ages 12-18 are offered on the second Thursday of each month from 10am - 3pm.

Click here to register online for upcoming classes! or visit

2019-2020 classes now open!


We are thrilled to offer our high-quality education offerings to the homeschool community! Each month focuses on a specific topic studied by world-class researchers at Cedar Creek, and provides the opportunity to go in depth into subjects of importance to the world, to our research community, and to society as a whole. Instruction is provided by Cedar Creek's seasoned naturalists, and each session offers the opportunity to experience life as a scientist. You will spend time indoors and out, conducting hand-on investigations, meeting scientists, visiting long-term scientific experiments, and exploring nature. Come prepared to be outside in the dirt, regardless of the weather!

Classes are drop-off; parents do not attend the class with their student. We are happy to provide suggestions on places to go for a hike, go shopping or grab a cup of coffee and get some work done while your student is learning with us! Please note as well that no tobacco use or pets (except service animals) are allowed outside of vehicles on the Cedar Creek property, including the buildings, parking lots and nature trail. Learn more about Cedar Creek's mission and legacy here.


2019-2020 topics

September 12th:     Bison and Savannas
October 10th:          Soil Ecology
November 14th:      Stream Ecology I
December 12th:      Math in Nature
January 9th:            Astronomy
February 13th:        Pond Mapping
March 12th:            Winter Ecology
April 9th:                 Stream Ecology II
May 14th:               Water Quality and Macroinvertebrates
June 11th:               Habitat Biodiversity


Register for one or more classes

Students must be at least 12 years old to participate. Pre-registration and payment is required, and we reserve the right to cancel classes with fewer than 5 students registered. Click here to register online! If this is your first time registering with the U's Destiny One Registration System, you will need to create a Family Profile to register your minor children. Click here for a step-by-step tutorial of how to create a family profile and register for classes. Make sure that the contact person on the Family Profile is an adult with a working email address so that we can communicate with you about the courses you have enrolled your student(s) in!

Fees and Cancellation Policy

Classes are $18 per student per session, and must be paid in advance. Secure online payment is available via our registration website; if you need to pay by cash or check please email Caitlin ( Fees are refundable (minus a $1 per class service charge) up to 7 days in advance of the class start date. If cancelling less than 7 days in advance, no refunds are available as we are generally unable to fill your student's spot on the roster.

Planning Guide

Resources to help you and your students prepare for a successful visit.
Have you taken a homeschool class with us? We want your feedback!

Providing educational, impactful programs is important to us. We welcome feedback, both formal and informal, about our programs so that we can improve on the experiences and content we offer! You can always email Caitlin Potter ( with your thoughts on the programs. We also invite both parents and students to fill out the anonymous, confidential questionnaires found at the links below. 

Parent feedback questionnaire

Student feedback questionnaire


Help us spread the word about our homeschool opportunities!

Click here for a flyer you can distribute in your community.