Home School Day!

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Don Lee Center is welcoming all families to join us during our Home School Day!

Come join us in a variety of hands-on activities for all ages! Space is very limited due to Covid-19 restrictions and registration is required.

During the morning students will participate in two of our educational classes. After lunch the grounds will be open for families to experience our camp activities such as canoeing, archery, sailing, animal encounters and fishing. Afternoon activities will wrap up at 3:30 pm. See below for complete details.

We Are Looking Forward To Seeing You Soon On This Fun Filled Day!

Date: TBA
Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm  (Check-In begins at 9:00am at the Fellowship Hall. Arrive no later than 9:45am)
Price: $5.00 per student ages 6 & up + $9.00 per person ages 6 & up for a Don Lee Lunch (lunch optional)

•Online Registration Required (see below)
•Space Is Limited, Sign Up Now!

Interested in a Don Lee Lunch during your visit?
Only $9.00 per person ages 6 and up!

For more information contact Katie at katie@donleecenter.org

Home School Day at Don Lee Camp and Retreat Center
Date: TBA
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm (Check-In begins at 9:00am at the Fellowship Hall. Arrive no later than 9:45am.)
Price: $5.00 per student ages 6 & up + $9.00 per person ages 6 & up for a Don Lee Lunch (lunch optional)

Don Lee Center is welcoming Home School families to join us during our Home School Day!

Registration is required. Check in will begin at 9:00am at the Fellowship Hall. Arrive no later than 9:45am.

From 10:00am - 12:30pm students will participate in a variety of hands-on educational activities for all age groups, so bring the whole family!

Age Groups are 5 and under, 6 - 9, 10 - 13 and 14 - 17 year olds. The activities each age group will participate in are listed below.

Ages 5 and Under: Outdoor Craft and Scavenger Hunt 

Ages 6 - 9:

Creatures of the Neuse - Explore the interconnectedness of coastal animals, track the wildlife and “pull” plaster casts of river fauna

Fossils - Become a paleontologist through a simulated fossil dig and explore history through these fossilized records

Ages 10 - 13:

Pond Study -Learn the components of freshwater food webs and explore pond species by collecting from our onsite pond

Forest Ecology - Explore the biodiversity of coastal woodlands, forest succession and the importance of decaying matter; learn basic plant taxonomy and tree i.d.

Ages 14 and Up 

Marine Invertebrates - Learn about the diversity of invertebrates in NC waters and examine the internal and external anatomy of a squid through dissection 

River Study -  Investigate native species of the river through collection using seine, cast and dip nets and gain better knowledge of watershed concepts

Students will be divided into separate groups depending on their age. Each group will have 9 students and the instructor, these activities will be taught outside and parents are welcome to observe. If an activity needs to be brought inside due to weather, everyone will be required to wear a face mask and parents will be asked to socially distance themselves from the group.* 

From 12:30pm - 1:30pm we will have a lunch break. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch or join us for a Don Lee Lunch. 

A Don Lee Lunch is $9.00 per person. Lunch will be served in a to-go box which will include fried chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, a roll, desert and a drink. 

In the afternoon families will be given a scheduled time* if they wish to participate in our camp activities such as Archery, Canoeing, Animal Encounters, Arts & Crafts and Sailing (weather permitting). When registering you may request a family to participate in these activities with, and select the activities your family is most interested in. Afternoon activities will wrap up at 4:00pm.

What to bring: Face Coverings (masks, buff’s, bandanas, etc.). We will be outside for most of the day so please dress appropriately for the weather. Students ages 10 and up will be getting into the water, shoes appropriate for these activities are encouraged (crocs, chacos, tevas or other strong water shoes), canoeing can also lead to wet shoes. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks and lunch if you choose to bring your own.

Our Camp Store will be open from 1:30pm - 3:30pm. We have snacks, drinks, a variety of clothing items and souvenirs. Cash and credit cards accepted.

COVID-19 Policies:

  • Temperatures will be taken at check-in, COVID Symptoms include a fever of 100.4 or higher, please be monitoring your families temperature before coming to camp
  • Face coverings such as masks, buffs and bandanas must be worn indoors
  • Group sizes have been limited in case of inclement weather. If groups need to go indoors, Don Lee will follow the NC Health and Human Services guidance of no more than 10 people in an indoor space
  • Students will be asked to wash their hands before and after each activity
  • The dining hall is not available for inside seating. We will provide a to-go meal for families who wish to purchase one but all guests will be asked to eat outside. (If weather does not permit this families will be assigned indoor eating areas)
  • We have changed from open activity to a schedule style operation for large groups consisting of more than one family group to help with social distancing and cleaning of materials between activities

To register for this event please click below. Registration is required.


Payment is due upon registering.

Registration Instructions:
Sign in with an existing Don Lee account or Create an Account.

Account Type = Individual/Family – If you are registering as a larger group please email or call us.

Enter information for the primary adult contact. Scroll down to Login Information and Create a Password. Click Create Account.

Next click Add a Person to My Account. Start with all additional adults attending. Once information is entered click Save Person. Now add all children attending ages 6 - 13. When finished click Save Person.

Next Make a Family/Small Group Reservation.

Select Session – Homeschool Day. You will have the option to sign up for box lunches in the registration process. 

Please read directions carefully for the following steps. When you arrive to My Cart please review your reservation carefully to make sure you have registered the correct family member and have registered for the correct number of meals. At times orders are duplicated. Proceed to Check Out, enter your information, and Process Order.

Cancellation Policy: If you are no longer able to attend please contact Katie (contact information below) by September 16, 2020. If the Don Lee Center needs to cancel this event due to weather you will receive an email 24 hours prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

If you have any questions please contact Katie by email at katie@donleecenter.org. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on March 13th!

Are you interested in participating in a full day of hands-on, educational classes and activities at the Don Lee Center? Find out more information about field trips by visiting our School Programs page.  https://donleecenter.org/school-programs/