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Submission guidelines for local homeschool field trip ideas, local homeschool educator discounts and local organizations offering homeschool events including local homeschool classes and local venues interested in providing space for homes groups & events.

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Homeschool Adventures is an all-volunteer homeschool support group made up of nothing but homeschooling parents working together, volunteering our time, to pool information about local homeschool opportunities for our kids and make this fabulous and free community-created resource that the entire local homeschool community can use.

The homeschool destination submission form is for area organizations offering local inclusive secular homeschool field trips & custom group classes, homeschool events & classes, and educator discounts for homeschool educators & families.

The submission form was developed by the community to elicit answers to the questions most commonly asked. Please try to include all the information requested (that is applicable). If you feel unsure or uncertain about anything asked, just answer to the best of your ability as a volunteer will review your submission and clean it up if necessary prior to publication.

If you prefer, you may submit your organization’s information via email instead.

Submissions may be edited for compliance with these posting guidelines or to fit our website formatting and style preferences.

If it’s not local, not inclusive, not secular, or not homeschool related, please do not complete the Homeschool Destination submission form as all other suggestions must be sent via email, for review by our volunteers.

  • Local means that the homeschool destination should fall within or be close to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area in Minnesota.
    • This area is defined in various way but includes, at a minimum, destinations in Minnesota’s Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Anoka County, Washington County, Scott County, Carver County, Wright County, Sherburne County, Chisago County, Isanti County, Le Sueur County, Mille Lacs County, and Sibley County, and Wisconsin’s Saint Croix County and Pierce County.
  • Inclusive means that everyone is welcome.
    • Other than age (or grade) restrictions, destinations should welcome all homeschoolers regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability or handicap, familial status, marital status, religion, etc.
    • Secular means nonreligious or having no religious content, requirements or affiliations.
      • Participants may or may not hold religious beliefs and should be welcome regardless.
      • There should no religious teachings or practices.
        • Religious content may be addressed or included from a cultural, historical, sociological or anthropological perspective.
      • There should be no attempt or intent to convert participants, whether overt, subtle or covert.
  • Homeschool means programs designed or intended for homeschooled students, parents or families.
    • Destinations that offer only evening, weekend, after-school, school release day, and summer programs that are more aptly described as “homeschoolers are also welcome” shouldn’t be submitted.

Homeschool Field Trip Ideas

Field Trip Ideas

Destinations listed under Homeschool Field Trip Ideas have expressed an interest in working with homeschool groups to set up group daytime, weekdays field trips including custom workshops, custom classes and other custom events for groups.

Generally speaking a homeschool field trip requires a homeschooling parent (or teen) to act as a volunteer organizer who will …

  • work with the destination …
    • to select a topic and/or activities for the field tip
    • to set a date and time for the field trip
    • to establish a cost per participant
    • to establish a minimum and maximum group size
    • to set a deadline for when the minimum group size must be reached
  • collect both registration information and payments from individual participants
  • make a single lump sum payment for the field trip to the destination
  • act as a point-of-contact for the group, communicating policies and expectations to all members of the group and facilitating group check-in on the day of the field trip.

Homeschooling parents can find extensive advice from the community on organizing successful homeschool field trips under Organizing Adventures.

See HSA Events for a listing of upcoming field trips organized by homeschool parents who are also members of the Homeschool Adventures Yahoo Group.

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Homeschool Events & Classes

Homeschool classes

Sites listed under Homeschool Events & Classes offer homeschool programs …

  • that are scheduled by the location itself
  • for which the location itself collects registrations and payments from individual homeschool families
  • that are during the daytime, on a weekday and during the school year
  • that are for homeschooled children ages 5 and up

Please see our Event Submission Guidelines for more details about homeschool events & classes.

For a listing of upcoming events and classes, please see the Calendar. Upcoming events at a homeschool destination also appear in the sidebar on the destination’s information page.

For a historical record of past events and classes, see the Calendar Archive.

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Student Matinees

Destinations listed under Student Matinees regularly offer reduced-price student matinees (aka school performances) and invite either or both individual homeschool families or homeschool groups to attend for the school-group price.

Depending on whether or not the school-group price is offered to individual homeschool families or only to homeschool groups (that is, requires a minimum group size be met to receive the rate), destinations offering student matinees will also be listed under either Homeschool Events & Classes (homeschool families) or Homeschool field trip ideas (homeschool groups).

Student matinee performances that allow individual homeschool families to purchase school-group price tickets may also be listed on our Homeschool Events calendar.

Group field trips to student matinee performances organized by homeschooling parents may also be listed on our Homeschool Events calendar.

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Homeschool Discounts
aka Educator Discounts or Teacher Discounts

Local Homeschool Discounts

Destinations listed under Local Homeschool Discounts might offer …

  • discounted memberships to home educators and their families
  • discounted admission to homeschool families
  • discounted admission during daytime-weekday hours
  • discounts on purchases for home educators
  • school-group-rate prices to individual homeschool families (regardless of size)

Destinations listed under Local Homeschool Discounts must be located within or be close to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area in Minnesota (this includes chains with a local presence).

Homeschoolers may be asked to present proof of homeschool status to receive a discount. This is most commonly a copy of the “Letter of Intent to Homeschool” (called an “Initial Report to the Superintendent” for new homeschoolers). It might also be a membership card to ECHO-MN, MHA, or other homeschool group.

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Homeschool Venues

Local Homeschool Venues

Destinations listed as Homeschool venues provide a gathering space for homeschool events and homeschool groups, generally in the form of meetings rooms. These are primarily community centers and libraries, but some area businesses and houses of worship also offer community rooms for gatherings.

While our primary interest is in identifying gathering spaces that are available for no charge, we do allow area organizations to list their rental spaces as well.

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Other information

Homeschool Tutors

Because some organizations that offer classes also offer one-on-one instruction, we allow those organizations to include a description of those services on the form. However, we also have a special section for Homeschool Tutors and separate Homeschool Tutor Submission Guidelines and a Homeschool Tutor Submission Form.

Homeschool Groups

We also have a special section for all Homeschool Groups located in Minnesota (or near the state line) looking for new members. Homeschool groups should review our Homeschool Group Submission Guidelines and use the Homeschool Group Submission Form.

For our purposes a homeschool group is any group of homeschoolers who meet regularly and work together (cooperate) to make whatever they do happen.

Non-homeschool programming

We recognize that many organizations that offer homeschool programming also offer after-school, evening, weekend and summer programing so we include space at the end to briefly describe non-homeschool programs also offered by a homeschool destination. Destinations must offer homeschool-specific programing to be included on this website.

Homeschool Adventures is a support and information-sharing network for homeschool families not a marketing group for local organizations.

While it is exceedingly rare that an organization’s desire to promote local inclusive secular homeschool opportunities conflicts with our members’ desire to know about the same, should a conflict arise, our top priority is the interests of our members. Should the homeschooling parents who comprise our all-volunteer Leadership Council feel that your marketing material is incomplete, unclear, misleading or otherwise inappropriate, we may decline to share it with our members or opt to alter so as to best serve the interests of our members.

Submissions may be edited for compliance with these posting guidelines or to fit our website formatting and style preferences.