Our Approach to Engaged Learning

Loosely structured one-hour sessions are mobile. They can happen  on a school campus, in the neighborhood, nature center, museum or other site where children gather after school, or as a family event on weekends

Nature Discovery Journals are the heart of Nature Detectives. Our activities integrate science, literacy and the arts. Students observe, measure, write, draw, and learn the “visual language of nature,.” Students create new Discovery Journals on the first day of each new seasonal session. become a written record of each season’s projects and demonstrates both their new skills and shared experiences.

Discovery Journals become the pathway toward developing an understanding and respect for the outdoor world – plants, animals, places, landscape – and create meaningful connections as the outcome.

Options for Accessing Programs & Materials

Blended learning: Weekly online meetings combine with individual outdoor exploration and discussion. Sessions can last either four or eight weeks, and focus on seasonal themes of fall, winter and spring

  • See Visions in Education website to get your eVoucher for enrollment. 
  • Create sessions by request from homeschool, independent study or other group..
  • Link here to access enrollment form
  • Link to submit payment 4 week program  and 8-week program

Nature Detectives, flowers, magnifying glass, student, observationNature Detectives At Home” is a 20-page booklet designed for parents and grandparents to begin outdoor discovery with their children. This fully illustrated guide includes supplies needed to begin outdoor exploration, combined with a selection of Nature Detectives activities and resources.  Booklet is included in enrollment fee of classes described above and available as separate purchase.  See Products page.

Comprehensive Parent Guidebooks to all seasonal programs and activities, with supplementary videos. Currently in progress, expected completion early 2021..

FREE activity guidesScavenger hunts, Naturalist Skills page and more. See Products page.