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Jan. 23, 2017

It’s all about bugs at Homeschool Days at EEC Feb. 9

Chandler’s Recreation Division is offering a “Homeschool Day” at the City’s popular Environmental Education Center (EEC) located at Veteran’s Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.

Homeschool Day will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, and is part of the EEC’s Environmental Education Explorations program, which provides field trip experiences to students and other groups.

“Students will study how insects are a benefit to the environment and to humans,” said Ariane Francis, a Recreation Coordinator at the EEC. “Children will learn about the life cycle of insects, their role in pollination, cultures and research and the physiology of their head, thorax and abdomen.”

Instead of charging the customary group rate of $65, the Recreation Division is charging a fee of just $6 for homeschooled children living in Chandler; non-residents pay $9. Only the students pay the fee, while accompanying parents, chaperones and spectators pay nothing.

The programs are designed for children and youth ages 5 to 17 and offer grade-specific activities that allow students to experience the adventure of learning science, social studies and other subjects through inquiry-based activities, investigations and technology. Activities are designed to complement the lesson plans teachers use to teach key requirements and conform to academic standards established by the Arizona Board of Education.

“The program encourages students to apply scientific thinking, which will enable them to strengthen skills they will use every day such as problem solving, team work, exploration, identification and more,” Francis said.

To request a reservation for your school, group or homeschooled child, contact Ariane Francis at ariane.francis@chandleraz.gov or by phone