CISF offers an array of enriching programs for home-schooled students ages 5 – 14 throughout the academic year. The programs orient students to such subjects as the natural world and ecological consciousness, as well as provide a space for students to interact and play with peers. Want to learn more? Join our homeschool mailing list by contacting Fiona Christie Fiona@JamestownSailing.org
Session 1: March 20th – April 27th (no program April vacation, week of 4/10)
• ROV’s and Trees, Tuesdays + Thursdays, 12:30 – 3:00 pm
Homeschooled children in grades 3-8 are invited to come work on engineering and arborist skills with us this spring! One day a week will focus on ROVs – how they work, the functions they can provide for scientists, and building our own ROV’s! The other day each week will be focused on trees – the parts of a tree, how to identify different trees, and, most importantly, the important functions they provide our ecosystem.
Where: Ft. Getty Tent
Ages: Grades 3 – 8
• Junior Nature Explorers, Tuesdays + Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Every Tuesday and Thursday children between the ages of 5 and 7 will explore the natural world together at Fort Getty through this program for young homeschooled children. They will visit the Fox Hill Salt Marsh, rocky shores, and nature trails to learn, explore, climb, build, and create! We will be observing the changes that happen in nature during spring as the world comes back to life. Every week will include exploration, play, nature art, science, and craft projects. This is a 5 week program.
Where: Ft. Getty Tent
Ages: 5 – 7
• 3/24: Recycle Regatta STEM Challenge, 12 – 3 PM
Join us in designing boats out of recycled materials to participate in the 3rd annual Recycle Regatta put on by Educational Passages and NESS! Each child or group will design and test their boat, and when they are complete we will submit their designs online to put them in the running to be crowned the champion of the Recycle Regatta! Check out the official event page here: https://educationalpassages.org/recycle-regatta/
• 3/31: Geology, 12 – 3 PM
Come explore and learn the basics of geology at Fort Getty! We will learn the difference between Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic rocks through a fun hands-on activity, collect specimens from the areas, sort and identify them as best we can, and see what the rocks can teach us about the history of the island!
• 4/7: Foraging and Cooking, 12 – 3 PM
Join us as we learn about how to forage safely and sustainably, and learn how to cook with and eat local species – with a focus on removing and eating invasive species to give back to our local ecosystem and help keep it balanced. A great way to kick off Earth Week! *Children with food allergies are welcome to attend, please reach out directly to make sure we are aware of any allergies and we will work to accommodate and make sure the food is safe for all!
• 4/21: Earth Week Fort Getty Trash Clean up and Audit! 12 – 3 PM
Spend the Friday before Earth Day giving back to the earth in the beautiful outdoors! We will hike around Fort Getty and clean up the shores, to help keep our shores, the bay, and all its inhabitants, safe and clean. We will then do a trash audit, gathering data on what types of litter we are finding most frequently, and discuss how we can push those accountable to lessen their impact.
• 4/28: All About Trees, 12 – 3 PM
Through exploration, crafts and games, we will learn all about trees – their parts, how they function, how to identify different types of trees, and, most importantly, how important they are to the ecosystem and to us!
“CISF provides inspiring project-based learning that nurtures creativity, problem-solving, risk-taking, personal accomplishment, collaboration and “aha” moments”Jane Mitchell, Kindergarten Teacher, Jamestown Melrose School, 2019
“The combination of sailing, marine biology, and art was perfect for both of my kids.”— Parent
Program Payment: By check or credit card via our website.
Scholarship information: CISF scholarship applications will be rolling throughout the year for those who need financial assistance to participate in CISF-offered programs. CISF does not want cost to prevent children from participating in our programs.
To learn more about applying for a scholarship contact Meg Myles, CISFSailing@gmail.com, or fill out an online application: https://www.jamestownsailing.org/secure-scholarship-application/
Scholarships will be awarded based on need.