Perfect Homeschool Vacation

The Perfect Homeschool Vacation in Sisters, Oregon

Chris Smith | 07.19.23

Despite the name, homeschooling doesn’t actually have to happen at home. In fact, traveling is one of the top perks of a homeschool program. Any location can become an epicenter of learning, allowing you to combine fun family trips with teaching opportunities that build confident and well-rounded students. Moreover, with the right planning, even the best vacation destinations can transform into interactive classrooms the whole family will love to study. 

Nestled amidst the Cascade Mountains in Central Oregon, the city of Sisters is one such location. Part outdoor learning laboratory and part family wonderland, Sisters is a mecca of educational exploration. It’s the perfect blend of breathtaking scenery, robust history, and local attractions to entice even the most unwilling students. What’s more, there’s no teaching degree required – all you need is a little creativity, a great vacation rental, and a few exciting ways to combine your homeschool education with family entertainment. 

  1. The High Desert Museum

Enjoy a hands-on history lesson at the High Desert Museum. Just a stone’s throw from Sisters, this award-winning museum contains indoor and outdoor exhibits that celebrate the natural world and cultural history of the High Desert. Your family can explore an authentic 1904 sawmill, take an interactive tour of a pioneer homestead, enjoy wildlife encounters, stroll winding interpretive paths, attend educational programs, and more. With up to nine new exhibitions every year, you’ll never view our history the same way twice. 

  1. Become a Junior Park Ranger

Junior ranger programs give your student the chance to turn their brain-power into a real park ranger badge (which lasts way longer than a measly A+). About 2 hours south of Sisters, Crater Lake National Park gives badges for completing pages in their activity book about the park’s natural history, wildlife, and conservation efforts. You can also get a Trail Junior Ranger badge from the National Park Service by completing a worksheet about the Oregon National Historic Trail. 

  1. Tour an Active Volcano

At Newberry National Volcanic Monument, education is explosive. Explore ancient lava lands around an active volcano the size of Rhode Island to learn about the powerful forces that shaped our planet. Start at the Lava Lands Visitor Center, the monument’s interpretive hub, to view state-of-the-art exhibits, attend ranger talks, study 3D topographic maps, and enjoy hands-on science experiments that are fun for all ages. 

  1. Give a Nod to Nature

With the Three Sisters Wilderness on your doorstep, you can take stimulating nature walks that incorporate elements of art, science, and physical education into your homeschool curriculum. Explore miles of scenic hiking trails that wind through Sisters country to observe local flora, fauna, and geological formations. Or join a guided hike in Deschutes National Forest to learn about conservation, wildlife, and astrology from local experts. 

  1. Homeschool at your home-away-from-home

Our vacation rentals are more than just a place to sleep; they are your homeschool hub away from home. When it’s time to hit the books, our properties offer high-speed WiFi that provides uninterrupted access to online resources and learning platforms. Plus, our spacious living areas offer a comfortable and relaxed setting for lessons or reading sessions. You can even book a large family home with a private workspace to ensure a peaceful place to focus. And with homes right in the heart of Sisters, you can enjoy easy access to restaurants and shops for leisurely lunch breaks and down time. 

Lastly, a homeschool vacation in Sisters is more than just a change of scenery. It’s about turning lessons into experiences and making memories that last a lifetime. Book your stay with Sisters Vacation Rentals to enjoy an enriching adventure both in and out of the classroom.

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