Unschool is a monthly program for 6- 12 year-olds. We have two teachers available to give us the flexibility to work in age-appropriate small groups or come together as one big class. We integrate the outdoor classroom with rigorous academic concepts, conservation-based themes, and connection with nature. Audubon Vermont's series of monthly outdoor nature-based programs focus on key science concepts. Each program is designed to give you a platform from which to build units/lessons in your homeschooling or to supplement your child's classroom learning at school.
Winter Wildlife and Tracks: What better way to spend a winter day than by following the comings and goings of our furred and feathered friends? Learn the art of tracking, including how to identify and interpret wildlife tracks and clues. Then we'll put these skills to the test when we head into our forests and fields in search of fox, fisher, mouse, moose and more! This program is entire outdoors, proper attire is required.
**Cancellation policy for 2021**
Our small program does not have the same risk tolerance or support system as our local schools. As such, we might decide to cancel a meeting or stop programing if COVID numbers spike in our county. If we have to cancel for COVID, you will be refunded for any affected sessions through this online system to your card on file. You can also choose to make a donation to Audubon Vermont and not claim your refund.
Because this program is entirely outdoors for the winter and early spring, we might have to cancel for single-digit temperatures or temperatures below 35 degrees F with wet weather. We will give families as much advance notice as we can. We normally do not refund for weather, but in this case as we are restricting indoor time in close quarters, you will be entitled to a refund in the form of an Audubon Gift Certificate, good towards an Audubon Program (partner programs may not be eligible) or maple syrup.
Children may not attend when they:
- Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- Have symptoms, been tested for COVID, and are awaiting results
- Are sick for any reason
- Show symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell
- Have a fever
- Have a significant new rash, particularly when other symptoms are present,
- Have large amounts of nasal discharge in the absence of allergy diagnosis
- If symptoms begin while at Audubon, the child will be sent home immediately ? Individuals with a temperature greater than 100.4 F will be sent home until they have had no fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g., ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol
Healthy children and/or staff with the following symptoms/conditions are not excluded from in-person activities:
- Allergy symptoms (with no fever) that cause coughing and clear runny nose may stay if they have medically diagnosed allergies and follow medical treatment plans.
- Well-controlled asthma
This inclusion does NOT require a medical clearance note from a healthcare provider when the child's allergy and/or asthma condition was known by the childcare program/provider prior to COVID-19. If you are new to our program OR have a new diagnosis of asthma or allergies, that will require written confirmation from the child's healthcare provider. A signed doctors note or copy of well child exam that documents well-controlled asthma or allergies is fine.
** We would love to talk to you about your child if they are at high risk due to underlying health conditions to determine if our program is a good choice for them, your family, and our staff.
Drop-off and pick-up. The Agency of Education suggests the same person do drop off and pick up. This person and child must wear a mask and will be asked COVID screening questions and have their temperature taken with a forehead scanner during the sign-in and out process. After screening questions (contact with COVID-19 case and symptom checker) and temperature check, you and your child(ren) will be allowed to sign in and join the group. We are keeping a record of who does drop off and pick up.
Masks are required by program participants.
We will be outside while the program is operating to be able to maintain social distance. According to the Governor's Mask mandate and the Department of Health, "Cloth facial coverings can be removed during outdoor activities where children and staff can maintain physical distancing; they need to have ready access to put them back as needed when activity stops."
Our staff will wear masks when they need to interact closely with your child or when indoors, but may take them off outside when socially distancing. Likewise, your child will be asked to wear a mask when they interact closely with another person. We are coming up with fun games to avoid masks, but understand that sometimes, kids just want to be close to others! We need your help in explaining to your child the importance of masks and that we wear them to keep each other safe.
- Children under 2-years-old should not wear a cloth facial covering
- Help your children to understand the importance of wearing cloth facial coverings to prevent the spread of germs
- Cloth facial coverings are developmentally appropriate for children when they can properly put on, take off, and not touch or suck on the covering
- Children with medical reason for not wearing a cloth facial covering must not wear one
- Children should not wear a cloth facial covering while sleeping, eating, swimming, or other times when they would get wet