Homeschool & Enrichment

Burpee’s awesome Homeschool and enrichment programming presents an exciting way to learn about science! The curriculum is designed around multiple STEM themes that change each year and semester. Take one session, or sign up for the full series.

For 6-9 Year-Old Learners and 10 & Up Learners. Sessions run from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on scheduled days.

Fall 2023 Individual Sessions:

These sessions will bring students into our exhibits and all around the museum as they complete science experiments and hands-on activities to learn about science! Take an individual session!


$10 for Homeschool/Cohort Museum Members

$12 for General Museum Members

$16 for Non-Members

Fall 2023 Full Series:
(7 Sessions)

Our Planet isn’t just an inanimate ball of rock and water; it is an actively changing world that has fostered the evolution of life! Under our feet and around us is an ever-changing world thanks to the forces that happen beneath our feet and all around us! Join us for the full series!


$63 for Homeschool/Cohort Museum Members

$70 for General Museum Members

$98 for Non-Members


Preregistration may be done online through Eventbrite or by calling Burpee’s visitor services department (815-965-3433).

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Our Changing World

SEPTEMBER 13TH, 2023, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Create models of the awesome forces on our planet and learn how creatures that lived millions of years ago cause sinkholes that swallow buildings.

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Our Water World

SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2023, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Join us as we learn all about water, make models and experiments, and find out how it influences our lives here on Earth!

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Our History

OCTOBER 11TH, 2023, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Visualize the incredible history of Earth, learn how paleontologists and geologists date rocks and fossils, and figure out how sharks are older than Saturn’s rings!

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Kingdoms of Life – Botany

OCTOBER 25TH, 2023, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Perform dissections, conduct experiments, and grow your own plants!

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NOVEMBER 8TH, 2023, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Join us as we learn about diversity and behavior and handle real specimens and live animals!

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Our Environment

NOVEMBER 29TH, 2023, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

Join us as we learn about ecology, our environment, and why we should preserve more wild spaces!

Yearly BASIC Homeschool/Cohort Museum Membership: $90
  • Free general admission and to most special events for all cohort children and adults for up to 6 visits per year (max group size: 10)
  • 10% off gift shop purchases
  • Discounts on classes
  • Discounts on special events
  • STEM Magazine: print Burpee Member Magazine featuring articles about Burpee collections and research


Yearly DELUXE Homeschool/Cohort Museum Membership: $200
  • Includes BASIC (but with max group size 30 for admission) PLUS…
  • One video conference with your students and a scientist ($70 value)
  • Three guided tours and three workshops (each tour and workshop must be on the same date)
  • Classroom Resources: Free access to museum check-out kits from fossils to taxidermy birds, complete with classroom lesson plans. (Advance reservation of teacher boxes required; quantities are limited.)
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