Homeschool & Distance Learning

We’re excited to offer special programs just for homeschool and distance learning students to connect, have fun, and learn together!

Click here to learn more about booking for your own group or cohort instead.


Learning Pod Field Trip Thursdays

Looking to join other homeschool and distance learning students for a field trip? Reserve your spot today and join our DC Learning Pod!

  • Every Thursday afternoon at Discovery Center
  • Sept. 17 – Nov. 12, 2020
  • Field trips rotate weekly, including outdoor-only and indoor options
  • Limited capacities, social distancing, and COVID safety precautions in place
  • Special adult chaperone discount available


Wetland Wonders Tour


Walk the Murfree Spring Wetlands, identify local flora & fauna, wade in the water with boots, explore underwater with scopes, use a net to catch & release wetland creatures, and meet our resident wetland animals. See and learn something new each time you visit the wetlands!

  • Location: Outdoors in the Murfree Spring Wetlands
  • Time: 1:00pm
  • Dates available:
    • 9/17
    • 10/8
    • 10/29***Rescheduled to 10/30 due to weather


Animals All Around


Learn about the animal kingdom through up-close encounters with Discovery Center animals.

  • Location: Outdoors in the Amphitheater, scheduled in small groups
  • Time: Your start time will be communicated ahead of time, either 1:00 or 2:00pm
  • Dates available:
    • 9/24 – Birds and Mammals
    • 10/15 – Amphibians and Life Cycles
    • 11/5 – Reptiles


Amazing Anatomy Dissection Labs


Explore the parts of the body, functions of organs, and more through hands-on dissection investigations.

  • Where: Discovery Center classroom, scheduled in small class sizes.
  • When: Your start time will be communicated ahead of time, either 1:00 or 2:00pm
  • Dates available:
    • 10/1 – Owl Pellets
    • 10/22 – Frogs
    • 11/12 – Hearts


Inclement Weather Plan

In the event of any inclement weather during scheduled Animals All Around and Wetland Wonders Tour field trips, we will reschedule your field trip to take place the following day.

  • Rescheduled trips will take place Fridays, at the same start time.
  • If weather remains problematic on Friday, your trip will be rescheduled with the same start time for the following Tuesday.
  • We will make every effort to reschedule in advance, following weather radar predictions. We will email you directly to confirm any rescheduled field trips due to weather.


Pricing & Waitlist

Adult caregivers are invited to accompany students on the field trip by registering as a chaperone-only, or by registering as a student and joining the fun!

Caregivers and children not participating in the field trip

  • Regular museum admission rates apply during your visit to Discovery Center
  • Staff will let caregivers know what time to return and pick-up your student(s)

Wetland Wonders Tour and Animals All Around

  • $8 per student
  • $5 per chaperone-only adult

Amazing Anatomy Dissection Labs

  • $13 per student; Must be in 2nd grade or beyond to register for dissection labs.
  • $5 per chaperone-only adult


Is your desired field trip full? CLICK HERE to join our Waitlist»

We’ll notify you of any openings, and announce any newly added field trip dates.

Due to limited capacities and distancing requirements, Discovery Center reserves the right to limit the number of chaperones sitting within field trip learning spaces.


Events & Enrichment at Discovery Center

We’re continuing to add robust opportunities for students and families this fall. Check out the links below to learn more and get plugged in!

Discovernauts After School Program (K-5)
Fall & Winter Day Camps
Weekly Public Programs
Pre-K & Kinder Care
Special Events