K-12 Programs

All of Au Sable’s K-12 educational programing is available to interested homeschool students and groups.  Simply contact Paul Wiemerslage, Au Sable’s environmental education coordinator, by phone or email (231-587-8686 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to inquire.  Au Sable also hosts designated homeschool events during the fall and winter.  Details and registration information regarding designated homeschool days will be posted on this page prior to fall and winter events.  You may also sign up to receive announcements about special homeschool opportunities by emailing us.



Natural History Day: September 27th, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Plant Study (6 - 8 years old) - Discover the wonder found in the plant world. Students engage in activities such as role-playing games about photosynthesis, pollinating flowers, and creating leaf rubbings of northern Michigan’s dominant tree species. This study offers plenty of opportunities to be amazed by the micro- and macroscopic workings of plants.

Wildlife Study (9 - 11 years old) - Wildlife Study introduces students to beginning ecology lessons by leading them through a variety of habitats to conduct a wildlife census. The data the students gather are used to highlight how energy flows through an ecosystem and create food chains, food webs, food pyramids, and carrying capacities. Students learn through the census, games, and simulations that all wildlife need unpolluted food, clean water, clean air, shelter, and space.

Michigan Wetlands Study (12 - 18 years old) - Demonstrations, models, and games help students understand how watersheds function and how human actions can impact water quality. Later, students compare and contrast several wetland types on Au Sable’s property using a simple habitat assessment that includes chemical testing, biotic sampling, and a look at vegetative communities.  Through this comparative study, students will use evidence gathered to classify wetland types.


Michigan History Day: October 18th, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Michigan History (8 - 18 years old) - A favorite study of many teachers and students, Michigan History demonstrates our dependency on our environment by taking students back in time when it was easily understood where our food, water, clothing, and energy came from. Students experience life at an 1800’s fur trading post as they interact with voyageurs and traders to learn candle making, trading signs, and how to create fire using primitive methods. Later in the day, students travel to a 1900’s logging camp where they are introduced to the life of a camp cook, river hog, and foreman. During their stay, students will help bake cookies in a wood stove, use a crosscut saw, and test their burling skills on dry land. Costumed instructors guide this interactive study that brings the past to life.

Registration Information

Space is limited. Sign up now to ensure your spot! Cost is $10 per student and provides 4 hours of instruction.  To schedule your child or homeschool group, please download the registration form or contact Paul Wiemerslage directly by phone (231-587-8686) or email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Do you have a specific topic or outdoor skill that you would like us to help you address?  If so, contact us and we will design a program to fit your needs.