Old Independence Regional Museum will host its fall Home School Day on Monday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with sign-in beginning at 8:45 a.m. Registration and program fee are due by September 28, 2018. Early registration fee is only $5.00 before September 21, after which the fee is $7.00. The final deadline to register is September 28, and registration is limited to 50 students.
Students will explore the balance between man and wildlife in the settling of Independence County, according to a press release from the museum. The sessions, each focusing on a new “E” word, will include lessons about white-tailed deer endemic to Arkansas, endangered bats, the successful reintroduction of extirpated black bears, and extinct passenger pigeons and Carolina parakeets. Each participant will craft a bear claw necklace and a bat that sleeps, flies, and eats.
“Homeschool day is a great opportunity for students to learn about new topics while exploring the museum,” said Terri Crawford, humanities educator.
The students will be divided into five groups based on age and will rotate through each of the five sessions. This program is appropriate for elementary and middle school students.
Pre-registration is required by Friday, Sept. 28. Registration forms may be obtained at Old Independence Regional Museum, located at 380 S. 9th St., or by visiting oirm.org. For more information, call (870) 793-2121.
Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.
Old Independence Regional Museum / Image via oirm.org