Bring your homeschool students out to Eagle Creek Park to explore, hike, picnic, and learn! Visit both nature centers and explore the park grounds for educational experiences on your own, or sign up your group of students for one of our environmental education program offerings. Visit the field trip page for more information on topics and scheduling. We also offer programs thoughout the year specifically for homeschool students.
To be added to the Homeschool email list, please email Leah Frenzel or call 317-327-7148. Program choices and registration details for our Homeschool Jamboree programs (see below for details) are usually emailed to the list approx. 1 week before the first day of registration. Please note, registering for a homeschool program does not automatically put you on the general email list.
What: Spring Homeschool Jamboree - students attend 4 environmental education classes in an exciting, educational, and fun-filled day.
Where: Eagle Creek Earth Discovery Center within Eagle Creek Park
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018
Ages: 8-14 years
Cost: $15/student due at time of registration
Registration: begins Monday, March 5th at 9am, and ends on Friday, March 16th at 5pm, or when all available spaces have been filled. Online registration will not be available until Monday at 9am, but we encourage you to set up your Indy Parks account ahead of time, as the process can take several minutes, and you may need to call customer service.
Go to www.indyparks.org
Students may begin arriving for check in, where they receive name tag with class schedule and locations. All parents need to be present with their students for check in and to leave emergency contact information, if they will not be staying.
What: 14th Annual Fall Homeschool Jamboree - students attend 4 environmental education classes in an exciting, educational, and fun-filled day. (Maximum 150 students)
Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Registration: Online registration begins Monday, October 9th at 9am, but we encourage you to set up your Indy Parks account ahead of time, as the process can take several minutes, and you may need to call customer service if you’re already in the system. Registration ends Friday October 20th at 5pm, or when the program fills (historically this program often fills in the first few days, so don't delay!)
Students may begin arriving for check in, where they receive name tag with class schedule and locations. All parents need to be present with their students for check in to sign waivers and leave emergency contact information, if they will not be staying.
Do I need to stay with or
my student can I just drop them off? You are welcome to stay with
your student and attend the event, or you may also drop them off. You
know your student the best - some children are mature enough to attend on their
own, while others may need you to stay with them. Students are
responsible for finding their way to their classes and have a 45 minute lunch
period on their own. If you have any concerns about your child's safety,
maturity, or ability to follow instructions and stay with their class, please
plan on attending the event with them. If you will be dropping off your
student, we will ask you to fill out emergency contact information at the time
of check in.
Student Pick Up Procedure – due to the large number of students, it is not practical
to have a formal check out procedure. The end of Homeschool Jamboree can
be very busy, with lots of students, parents and cars moving in and out of the
parking lot. Please talk to your students ahead of time about
safety - you may wish to determine a pick-up spot in advance, or meet them
at their last class location.
If I am staying with my child,
can I bring my younger children along? Yes, you may bring younger
siblings with you; all we ask is that you remove them promptly from the program
if they become restless or disruptive. Be aware that a few of the program
sessions may not be suitable for younger children. There are several
playgrounds and hiking trails in the park that you are welcome to enjoy during
your visit, and you may wish to bring along books, toys, or other items to
keep younger children entertained.
My child is seven; can I still
sign him up for HSJ? Even if your child is working
at an advanced level, this is a very long day for younger children and we strongly recommend waiting
until they are at least eight before attending. Our absolute cut-off for
signing up for Homeschool Jamboree is 7.5 years.
What if the weather is bad,
will you cancel the program? PLEASE DRESS FOR THE WEATHER,
Homeschool Jamboree is a rain or shine event - we only cancel if weather
conditions are dangerous - thunder, lightning, extremely high winds, etc., and
since Indiana weather can change very quickly, we may not know until the day
before or even the morning of the program. Cancellation information and
updates will be emailed to registered participants and posted on the www.indy.gov/eaglecreek
homeschool page as soon as it is available. We do not cancel for rain or
cold temperatures. Since many of the program sessions are outdoors,
please check the weather forecast carefully and dress accordingly.
Will we have to pay the gate
entrance fee to get into the park? No, gate admission is included
in your registration fee. Please check in with the gate attendant at the
71st or 56th street gates with the name(s) of your registered student(s).
What about lunch? Please have your students bring
a sack lunch. Lunches can be carried with students, or may be dropped off
in the pantry after check in. Students will be allowed to eat their lunch
in the building hallways (please stay out of classrooms), on the back deck, or
outside, regardless of weather. Students are not directly supervised
during the 45 minute lunch period, although we do have volunteers walking
around to assist students during this time if needed – please take this into
consideration when deciding whether or not to stay with your students for the
Can we find out what classes we
got into before the day of the event? When you sign up for the
Jamboree, we have you choose your top four classes with two alternates.
In order to fit everyone into as many of their top choice classes as
possible, we must wait until everyone has registered to start assigning classes
(it's like a giant, complicated, jigsaw puzzle). As soon as the Jamboree
is full, we will assign classes and send out schedules by email. Please
leave your email address at the time of registration if you wish to get your
class schedule early.
If we don't like our classes,
can we switch them the day of the event? No, due to the nature of the
program and the high number of students, we are unable to switch classes the
day of the event. Make sure when registering that your students will be
happy with all six of their class choices and if there is a class they
particularly wish to attend indicate it as their #1 or #2 choice. We will
do our best to make adjustments if there are extenuating circumstances (i.e.
student sprained ankle the night before and is not able to go on hikes, but
still wants to attend), but please be aware that staff will be very busy at the
beginning of the event as we get 150 students signed in and off to their first
classes, so we may not be able to address your concerns immediately.
Why don't you offer more
Homeschool Jamborees at different times of the year? To be able to offer the variety
of class choices that we do, we pull in favors from staff at Holliday
Park, Southeastway Park, Garfield Park, IDNR, Universities, Hendricks Co.
Parks, our talented Indy Parks Volunteers, and countless others. Most of
these parks and organizations become extremely busy from spring through fall
with school field trips, day camps, park visitors, etc. Early spring and
late fall are the best compromise for the event - the best variety
of presenters are available, and we try to push the date as
close to busy season as possible to give us the best chance for good