CLERMONT COUNTY – The Clermont County Park District waived fees for its home school programs for the 2019-20 school year.
Home school programs used to cost $4 per student.
The Park District board of park commissioners approved the measure during its September meeting.
“It’s a temporary fee waiver to see if we can boost attendance,” said Robin Green, Park District naturalist. “If we see a significant change in attendance, we will ask to make this a permanent policy.”
Green cited a downward attendance trend the last several school years as the reason to make the change.
“We want to get more homeschoolers coming to our programs and on our park properties to discover nature,” she said. “Our cost probably wasn’t prohibitive, but if we removed it from the equation, it’s just that much easier for parents.
“We put in the same amount of preparation whether there’s five students or 30, so we’d rather have 30.”
In fact, more than 30 home school students are already registered for the first two programs of the school year – Wilderness Survival and Native American Life.
Wilderness survival – recommended for ages 7 to 14 – is scheduled for 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Sycamore Park in Batavia. Students will build shelters, identify edible plants, build fires, learn basic first aid and more.
Native American Life is set for 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 21, also at Sycamore. Students will step back in time and to learn how Native Americans lived in southern Ohio, especially the Shawnee tribe. The program includes a guided hike, corn grinding, cooking styles, atlatl throwing and more.
The park District may add additional dates or times to the schedule because of the popularity of these programs.
To learn more about the Park District’s home school programs, please visit www.clermontparks.org, click the Programs & Camps tab and follow the Homeschool Programs link. Or write Green at email@example.com.
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.