A Year of Biology

Biology is the science that studies all living organisms. There are tons of different ways you can do if you’re interested in biology at all, and quite of few of these overlap. We’re going to cover quite areas of biology in this course, including zoology, biochemistry, molecular biology, ecology, botany, astrobiology and more. We are going to discover how to be a real biologist in the field as well as learn the big concepts in biology and how they tie into both physics and chemistry.

We’ll also uncover a whole new world of amazing organisms as we learn how to use a microscope! Learn about magnification, optics, and compound microscope anatomy as you learn to prepare wet and dry mount specimens, perform staining techniques, and fire heat fixes. Even if you don’t own a microscope, you can still join our class, we’ll teach you how you can make a pocket microscope, live cell laser microscope and more!

This is a full year, self-paced  Biology study program! 

This course is meant to be a “go at your own pace” program. You may start the program at any time, and do the labs in any order that works best for you. I have a recommended sequence, but if you’re excited about doing one area of biology, then go ahead! And if you want to study botany, but it’s the dead of winter and no leaves in sight, wait until it’s the right time of year and then continue your studies when it’s appropriate. Make this program work for you and what you have available to you at different times of the year.

Some labs will require more time, like growing plants or a protozoa farm, and having a self-paced biology program will make it these labs a lot easier. You may also opt to skip labs that don’t appeal to you (dissections, for example) and spend more time on the labs that really excite and interest you (carnivorous gardens maybe?). Either way, you set the pace and take your time really enjoying learning as you work through the program.

What age is the program for?

This program is available for all ages, all levels. Our programs are based on interest and ability more than age range, so if your student is excited to learn biology, there's no reason to wait... dive in now! Click the button to download your Biology Program packet and read over the introduction (pages 2 - 6) very carefully to get the most out of this program.

Live Class Recordings

We will be sending out emails with the dates of our live classes and special bonus field trips along with links to connect to these special sessions each month. If you miss one of the live sessions, we’ll post the recordings on this page (below).  All sessions will be on Zoom (find link in email).

LIVE Microbiology and Microscopy with Oliver

Oliver is a real microbiologist who will be teaching several sessions on microscopy and microbiology in a fun, interactive hands-on class. No materials needed, however if you have a microscope (you can borrow one or use our recommendations), or if you have basic observing equipment like a handheld magnifier or USB digital microscope, bring it to class with you!  At the very least, you'll need a notebook and a pencil to take a few notes as Oliver demonstrates different lab techniques and answers your biology questions live!

  • Session #1: September 14 at 12pm Pacific
  • Session #2: September 28 at 12pm Pacific
  • Session #3: October 12 at 12pm Pacific
  • Session #4: October 26 at 12pm Pacific
  • Session #5: November 9 at 12pm Pacific
  • Session #6: December 7 at 12pm Pacific

LIVE Field Trip: Tour and Interview with the E/V Nautilus: 9/19 at 1pm Pacific

Join a special ship-to-shore connection with the crew of the E/V ("Exploration Vessel") Nautilus on Sept 19th (Monday) at 1pm Pacific. At that time, the ship will be part of a joint exertion with the National Geographic Society as part of the From Shore to Abyss program, working with humans and shallow water science, highlighting what happens each day and will have team members onboard that will be talking with our students about their science and expeditions. 

Video below is a constant, live -stream from the ship, its location, and the mapping of the seafloor. 

E/V Nautilus is exploring unknown regions of the ocean seeking out new discoveries in biology, geology, and archaeology. Click to watch highlights from 2020.

LIVE Field Trip: Tour of a Biology Lab and Interview with a Microbiologist

We are going to take a live, interactive tour of one of my most amazing friends, Dr. Dong. His research team is working on cures for two childhood diseases through his work in genetics. He will be discussing his research in cells and genetics.

This session may not be appropriate for all students, so parents, please preview this live session before sharing with your students.

September 2022 (Date & Time TBA)