Homeschool Day: Gardening, Harvesting, and Sustainable Living  

Homeschool Day: Gardening, Harvesting, and Sustainable Living  

Atlanta History Center offers special programs for homeschool students and their families. During these day-long programs, explore a different subject through engaging hands-on experiences, performances, historic simulations, and a variety of activities designed for kids from toddler to teen.

In celebration of Earth Day, join us as we explore science, nature, and history in the “City in a Forest”. Learn about our gardens, participate in a scavenger hunt, develop your own practices, and explore how we are personally responsible for keeping our Earth healthy for generations to come.

Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 general public, free for adult members; $6.50 for child members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. Information and tickets available at 404.814.4000.


Schedule of Activities

The Beginning: From Seed to Plant
Classrooms
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm,1:30pm, 2:30pm
Duration: 15 min

Participate in a hands–on activity that explores how a seed becomes a plant.

Garden Walk with Emily
Meet in front of the Smith House porch at Smith Farm
10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm
Duration: 20 min

Join our resident Urban Agriculturalist and learn about Smith Family Farm Gardens’ histories.

Please note: This activity is weather permitting, involves walking on trails and paths, and is limited to 20 participants at a time.

Fruit Battery Demonstration
Garden Overlook
10:30am, 11:15am, 12:00pm,1:15pm, 2:30pm
Duration: 10 min

Feast your eyes on the power of science as you experience the mystery behind the “lemon battery.”

History of Earth Day
Kennedy Theatre
10:40am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm
Duration: 15 min

On April 22, 1970, millions of people held demonstrations across the United States urging Congress to take action on environmental issues.

This day is now known as Earth Day. Come learn how this movement transformed the way we think about the world around us.

Soil Time
Meet in front of the Cabin on the Smith Farm
10:45am, 11:30am, 12:45pm,1:30pm, 2:45pm
Duration: 15 min

It’s alive! That’s right, soil is teeming with life and without it, plants wouldn’t grow. Join us at “Soil Time” to learn how the FBI contributes to healthy soils, healthy plants, and a healthy planet.

Please note: This activity will move to Coca-Cola Café due to rain.

Goats, Sheep, and a loom?
Meet in front of the barn (facing the house) on the Smith Farm
10:50am, 11:50am, 12:50pm,1:50pm, 2:50pm
Duration: 15 min

Take a break and learn how a sheep’s wool can be transformed.

Please note: This activity will involve climbing stairs into the Smith House and is limited to 20 participants at a time. Please note: This activity will move inside the Smith House due to rain.

Can I eat that?
Smith Farm Kitchen
11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Duration: 15 min

Get back to basics with food you’ve always known and find out if you’re using them to their fullest potential.

It’s the Bees–ness
Muscadine Arbor on Smith Farm
11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Duration: 15 min

Meet our resident Beekeeper and learn how bees are essential to our sustainability.

Please note: This activity is weather permitting and will move to Coca–Cola Café due to rain.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Scavenger Hunt and Obstacle Course

West Lobby
11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm
Duration: 15 min

Race to clean up the environment and find ways to conserve! Your mission will begin after a short presentation on the 3 R’s.

Activities and Crafts

Exhibition Hall
Ongoing

Cheerio Rainbow Flowers

Find your inspiration and make a mini flower masterpiece!

“A City in a Forest of Peachtrees?”

Design your own peach tree with “Peachtree” peaches!

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