NJ Science And Nature Classes For Kids

As parents we all mix vinegar and baking soda once in a while, but what if sometimes our kids ask for more.  More science classes that is.  Here is a list of a few NJ science and nature classes for kids to enjoy.

Sorry folks, some of these places are not on the map (#1, #3), as these programs are mobile, and some just offer too many locations! Please click on each link to see the location on the individual websites!

NJ Science And Nature Classes For Kids

NJ Science And Nature Classes For Kids

1. Smarty Cat Kids

Smarty Cat Kids science classes are great for young kids, whether they are homeschooled or not.  When my kids were younger they loved these classes.  We would sign up every season, and they would enjoy it.  At the time when they were starting out, they only offered a few classes around where we live, but now they span across multiple states!!! When I went back to see the class schedule more recently, I was happy to see that they have expanded.  Now Smarty Cat Kids offer many more locations and times for people to enjoy their classes.

2. Liberty Science Center

Who hasn’t heard of Liberty Science Center, or hasn’t been there at least once or twice.  It’s a nice place to visit for a day with kids.  Did you know that they also offer lab classes for kids.  They have lab based programs for grades K-12, which look absolutely amazing.  Live surgeries, which you watch on movie theater screen.  Life stage science demonstrations, scout programs, homeschool classes (though the link on their website is broken at the moment) and more.

3. Kaleidoscope Enrichment

Kaleidoscope Enrichment brings the science to you! Read more about them and see some amazing science experiments on their website (just click on their name above).  Here is their mission statement: ” Kaleidoscope Enrichment’s mission is simple: to make science, engineering, and math education exciting through innovative programs and fun, hands-on activities.”   retrieved http://www.enrichscience.com/ on 7/27/2015

4. North Jersey Homeschool Science. 

These classes and workshops look great, and affordable!

5. Trailside Nature and Science Center

Trailside Nature and Science Center is nestled in the beautiful forest of Watchung Reservation.  They offer many various programs for kids, and adults, as well as workshops, shows, classes and more for the whole family.  The fees for the classes are very reasonable, and the classes themselves are great.  There is also a lovely museum, full of nature exhibits, that is free.

6. Tenafly Nature Center

Tenafly Nature Center is located in Tenafly, NJ.  They offer many nature programs for kids and adults.  If you have a budding naturalist this is a good place to come.  There are even several programs specifically for homeschoolers.

7.  Environmental Education Center

Located in Basking Ridge, Environmental Education Center offers many workshops and programs for kids and adults. For example this summer they had Summer Science Fun for kids ages 4 to 14.  They also have amazing hiking trails for all the explorers.

NJ Science And Nature Classes For Kids

8. Mad Science

Mad Science of North East NJ is located in Fair Lawn.  They have after school clubs, parties, science shows, camps, lab programs, workshops, pre-school classes and more.

9. Kateri Environmental Center

Kateri Environmental Center is located in Wickatunk, NJ, has dedicated one Thursday every month to homeschool students.  Each Thursday will cover a different nature related topic.

10. Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Frelinghuysen Arboretum now has classes for homeschoolers. However, even beside the homeschool classes, there are so many wonderful looking classes and activities for any age! They look really amazing!

 11. Valley Crest Farm Homeschool Programs

So many fantastic programs for Homeschoolers being offered by Valley Crest Farm! Check them out! “Valley Crest is proud to offer a wide array of hands- on learning opportunities for homeschoolers. Every one of our programs is designed to enhance and expand students’ learning. Currently we have programs available for children aged 3 through 14. ” There is First Steps into Nature, Art and Nature, Outdoors Skills, and more!


Science Classes

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Trailside Nature and Science Center: 40.683916, -74.372644
Environmental Education Center: 40.695086, -74.521165
Liberty Science Center: 40.708570, -74.054629
Tenefly Nature Center: 40.924638, -73.944983
Mad Science: 40.922652, -74.110852
Kateri Environmental Center: 40.357895, -74.236953
Frelinghuysen Arboretum: 40.705248, -74.193779
North Jersey Homeschool Science: 40.905600, -74.412600


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