The Hamilton County SWCD has partnered with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to provide a free homeschool program series. These workshops are specifically designed for homeschool families. Programs allow participants to get hands-on while learning about soil and water. Please check with the hosting library to register for each program.
November 1st, 2018 10:30-11:30a
Bird Beak Buffet
Not all beaks are the same, which means not every bird has the same diet! In this adaptation activity participants will use different "beaks" to try and pick up a variety of food to see what sticks. Participants will learn what an adaptation is and how important and unique they are to the animals that have them. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
January 17th, 2019 10:30-11:30a
Be Water Wise
For many people around the world, using clean water isn't as easy as turning on a tap! While looking at images of water scarcity worldwide, students will learn about drinking water resources in the United States and around the world. Afterwards participants will attempt to create their own filter with supplied materials and test its effectiveness. Thanks to Procter & Gamble, for their generous gift of the P&G water filtration packets. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
March 21st, 2019 10:30-11:30a
Students use a cookie and "mine" chocolate chips to represent natural resources, making and losing money based on the amount of resources recovered and the amount of land destroyed. The students will learn the value of natural resources and explore the concept of renewable resources. **Please note: Food will be distributed that may cause allergic reactions in some participants. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
September 16th, 2019 10:30-11:30a
Green Township Library
Our Movin' Groovin' Earth
Let’s talk about what makes our Earth so dynamic! Whether it is the grooves that remain from a glacier, the “settling” of deposition, the fizzing of Chemical Weathering or the moving of soil, our Earth is always changing. In this activity five hands-on science stations will explore weathering, erosion and deposition! Recommended for ages 8 and up.
November 21st, 2019 10:30-11:30
All Soils are Not Created Equal and Edible Soils
The properties of the various particle sizes of soil can be difficult to grasp - that’s why we get hands-on! Students will learn what six major components are needed to make soil and why it takes over 100 years to make an inch of topsoil. Students will also be given a brief introduction to sand, silt and clay before having an experience using senses of touch, sight and smell to explore the differences in each. ** Please note: Food will be distributed that may cause allergic reactions in some participants. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
September 13th, 2018
Symmes Library - Ohio Fossils Rock
March 15, 2018
Reading Library - Global Market
January 11, 2018
Symmes Library - Really Big Watershed Game
November 9, 2017
Norwood Library - Global Market
September 14, 2017
Symmes Library - Be Water Wise
March 9, 2017
Greenhills Library - Cookie Mining
The recommended age for each program is just a recommendation. Younger participants are always welcome, but may need assistance from other participants or an adult.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Sara Fehring by phone (513-772-7645) or email.