Chapel Hill – Durham Homschoolers will be having a series of field trips and events this winter and spring. Below is a list of actvities by date with full descriptions and links to additional information. Please read the full descriptions before registering. Registration for all field trips is in one document.

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/HtBZ5NiQQCM2JHUs2


Upcoming Spring Field Trips


Morehead Planetarium

March 21st at 10:00 am (Thursday)
250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
$5 per person

CHDH will participate in two programs at the Planetarium. The first, Under Pressure, is a live show with audience participation. The second is the Planetarium show Earth, Moon, and Sun. There is also a small museum to tour after the shows. Parking can take some time and may not be available close to the planetarium, so plan to arrive early.

Descriptions from their web site:
Under Pressure: We put science under pressure in this show. We’ll demonstrate Bernoulli’s principle with a 10-foot-long bag and just your breath, demonstrate how much air weighs by crushing a can, try to burst balloons with hundreds of nails, and make a huge combustion in our “whoosh bottle.”

Earth, Moon, and Sun: Learn the basics of fusion and solar energy and why the Sun rises and sets. Examine the Moon’s orbit, craters, phases and eclipses. You’ll even take a look at past and future space travel to our Moon … and beyond! (best for children 7 – 13 and their families)


Duke Lemur Center

March 25th, 10:30 am (Monday)
3705 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Aimed for ages 7 and older, but younger siblings are welcome
$5 per person, 2 and under are free

From their web site:

The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs – Earth’s most threatened group of mammals – outside of Madagascar. The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation, and public outreach. By engaging scientists, students, and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.


Conservators Center

April 3th at 10:00 am (Wednesday)
676 E Hughes Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27217
All Ages
$5 per person


Our tour will involve a combination of basic species facts (location/habitat, lifespan, physical characteristics) and unique adaptations. They will aim the presentation at a wide age-range, covering material that should be of interests to everyone. The Conservators Center houses over 20 species of animals.

From their web site:
On a tour of our zoological park, you’ll walk the three-quarter-mile path with a highly-trained guide and gain an understanding of each species’ ecological importance. You’ll also get to know each animal’s individual personality and story.


Airport Fire Station Tour

Date: April 15, 2019
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Free

Ever wonder how they put out plane fires? Join us for a tour of the RDU airport fire station, and meet some of the firefighters and other staff who help keep passengers safe. The visit will conclude with a truck demonstration on a runway – so you can learn about the specialized way we keep our airports safe. All ages, and pre-registration is required.


Ackland Art Museum

April 11th at 10:30 am (Thursday)
101 S. Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Grades 4 – 12

Chapel Hill – Durham Homeschoolers has arranged a docent led tour of the Ackland Art Museum on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill. We have chosen the program called World Cultures. This program is aimed at students in grades 4 through 12. If you have a student who is slightly younger but is very interested in the topic, go ahead and register. However, if you have registered a child younger than 9 (or any child who would need supervision in an art museum), please plan to participate on the tour with your child. If you have registered a child who is 9 or older and you need to stay behind to entertain younger siblings, that is fine. There will be plenty of adults on the tour to manage extra children.

From their web site:  

World Cultures (45 students; recommended for Grades 4-12)
Travel the globe as you discover ways that diverse peoples and cultures from ancient times through the twentieth-century communicate their values and beliefs through artistic expression.


Civil War School Days at Bennett Place

April 19th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (Friday)
4409 Bennett Memorial Rd, Durham, NC 27705
3rd grade and older

From their web site:
Each year in April we provide students with a special program that allows students to learn about the Civil War from both the military as well as the civilian aspect of the war. Students will visit many different stations around the historic property and learn about the medical treatments available, uniforms, flags, music, cooking, food substitutes and so much more.

Email Emily Brewer to register: embrewer.email@gmail.com


Carolina Theatre – Diary of a Worm, A Spider, and A Fly

April 29th at 9:50 am (Monday)
309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC
Grades K-5
$5 per person

This play is part of the Carolina Theatre’s Arts Discovery Series

We will meet out front so that I can give everyone their tickets. The Carolina Theatre staff will seat us together.

From their web site:
Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider, and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others, Dallas Children’s Theatre’s production is a joyful, hip, musical exploration of the world outside based on the wildly popular books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss.


Durham Bulls Education Day

April 30th, 10:35 am (Tuesday)
409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701
All ages
$5 for each child. We will get one free adult ticket per family.
Additional adults are $5.

Chapel Hill – Durham Homeschoolers has been participating in the Durham Bulls Education Days for many years. Once we have a final head-count, we will get tickets for members of CHDH to sit in an area together. This is a great way to spend some time with fellow homeschoolers while enjoying a nice day at the ballpark. Remember, you get one free adult ticket per family. Just pay for your children and any additional adults who plan to attend. We hope to distribute the tickets to everyone in advance at places like Friday Enrichment, Jimmy Games, Catbird Chorus… We can mail them to you if all else fails. More details once the tickets are in hand.

From their web site:
Education Day at the DBAP provides elementary, middle, and high school students the unique opportunity to learn outside of a classroom setting. The Bulls strive to bring excitement and fun-filled learning to the ballpark…We will have numerous educational and interactive learning stations set up along the ballpark’s concourse to enhance the Education Day experience, as well as providing opportunities to participate in on-field promotional activities.


Spring Celebration

Chapel Hill – Durham Homeschoolers will host a spring celebration sometime in the weeks following the final Friday Enrichment classes. Details have not yet been planned. If you have any ideas or would like to help us plan, let us know in the appropriate section of the winter/spring field trip reservation form.


Past 2018 Fall Fieldtrips

Ackland Art Museum
Duke Homestead
Eno River Ecology
Roller Skating
Ice Skating
Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the NC Museum of Art
Orange Water and Sewer Authority
Orange County Solid Waste (Landfill) Tour
Stagville State Historic Site

Past 2018-2019 CHDH Events

Annual Meeting and Curriculum Swap
Annual Craft Fair
Annual Pool Party
Board Games Day
Meet the CHDH Board Members
Clothing/Curriculum/Toy Swap
Learn to Knit