Some Excellent Local Resources for Homeschoolers
There are so many amazing resources available to homeschoolers in Steuben and surrounding counties! Here are a few programs that we consider to be A+ and we highly encourage you to check out!
The Steuben County Literacy Coalition offers a variety of educational programs including both a science and drama camp each summer that are FREE or extremely affordable!
Steuben County is blessed with not one but THREE public libraries & one private University library!
Carnegie Public Library in downtown Angola offers various programs for both adults and children as well as book sales throughout the year. Fremont Public Library has a large young adult section and frequently hosts homeschool classes (see their event calendar for current offerings). Orland Public Library downtown Orland, Indiana is a unique piece of Indiana history that is neat to visit!
All of these libraries offer access to Evergreen Indiana which is a growing consortium of more than 100 public, school and institutional libraries located throughout Indiana that use the Evergreen ILS. Patrons of member libraries can use their Evergreen Indiana library card to view the catalogs and borrow materials from the other member libraries. Virtually any book throughout the world can be shipped free of charge to your home library within a week to a few days!
And Trine's Sponsel Library provides access to numerous educational databases, with a community library card (available at their front desk).
Merry Lea is an extension of Goshen College. Only a 45 minute drive from Angola, we encourage homeschoolers to take advantage of over 1100 acres, many trails, and unique events throughout the year.
Merry Lea sponsors a homeschool series which covers a range of natural history and environmental topics throughout the year. Sessions are planned so that students can attend in successive years, building on previous experiences. Additionally, any of Merry Lea’s field trips are available as homeschooling activities as well. Visit their website for more info on the homeschool series.
Trine University, located right downtown Angola, is a fulcrum of homeschooling resources - almost too many to mention!
Trine's Innovation One offers Lego Robotics Kids Camps, two hands-on programs ranging from basic robotics for beginners to a more sophisticated robots that require more advanced building and programming skills! The beautifully constructed T. Furth Center for Performing Art features both local and national performances and on occasion has unique learning programs such as the drumming program put on in 2016. The new Thunder Ice Arena offers community skate programs, homeschooling & open ice-skating and youth hockey camps and clinics. Trine's Performance Art Department offers community theatre opportunities and several performances in the Fabiani and Wells Theatres, as well as orchestral performances through the year. Trine's International Night is a smashing success in the community every year, where visitors take a trip around the world, visiting stations featuring students from the countries around the word, sampling their cuisine and learning about their unique cultures. Engineering Day, sponsored each year by the Society of Women Engineers, gives elementary students a taste of Trine's state of the art science labs. Trine's Humanities and Communication offers a variety of public lectures and events throughout the year.
Trine is an amazing resource for high school homeschoolers. Many homeschoolers take advantage of Trine's dual enrollment classes at a steep discount from standard tuition rates. Visit in October for the NE Indiana Regional College Fair. Stay connected by visiting their calendar of events!
Steuben County 4-H is another fabulous program for local homeschoolers. Enrollment is yearly around October. After enrollment, students join a local club. There are a variety of clubs to choose from. Clubs meet about once a month and fair projects are completed at home in the student’s own time. Completed projects are submitted to the county fair. There are so many projects to choose from and students are not limited to just one or two! From agricultural products such as animal husbandry and farming, to carpentry, photography, arts & crafts, foods, cake decorating, and so much more! Successful projects are awarded with ribbons and some are invited to the state fair! Learn more by calling the local Purdue Extension office (located in the Steuben County Community Center).
The Impact Institute is a vocational cooperative serving 13 school corporations in five counties of Northeast, Indiana. The cooperative provides vocational programs, administers adult education and coordinates communications with the Indiana Department of Education and other state agencies. These successful partnerships have led to opportunities such as dual credit, articulation agreements, school-to-apprenticeship programs and increased vocational and adult education program offerings. Homeschooling high schoolers taking advantage of these programs have the opportunity to study a variety of fields such as automotive, culinary arts, interactive media and many, many more! The Impact Institute is homeschool-friendly. To learn more, check out their website.
Cultural & Arts Opportunities
Tibbit's Opera House & Young Audiences Program
For the art lovers, Tibbit's Opera House provides artistic enrichment through its comedy, art shows and dramatic programs. Located in Coldwater, MI (25 minutes north of Angola) Tibbits also has a unique drama program for grades 4-8. Twice yearly students put on a full-fledged production, a play in the fall and musical in the spring. Many homeschoolers participate in this wonderful program. Visit the Tibbit's Young Audiences website for audition dates and to learn more!
Lakes Country Music is a music school for pre-school aged children and their families, using Music Together classes to expose children to music & movement. It is a fun family atmosphere for positive relation building and family bonding time while making 'Music Together'.
This incredible fine arts school just 30 minutes north of Angola offers training in dance, music, art, theatre, and ballet and this year have a special homeschool enrichment program!
Are you raising a blossoming rock star? Fort Wayne School of rock offers lessons, workshops, and camps for both students and adults. Whether your student's passion is guitar, drums, singing, base, keyboard or songwriting, the school has opportunities for development!
Janelle Sloan of the Relic Emporium offers art and pottery classes of all kinds in her local art studio. From painting, to photography, to pottery on her wheel, Janelle's art classes appeal to kids of all ages. Visit her website for more information.
Ball Sports Academy is Angola's premier volleyball arena created & directed by Indiana native and Olypmpian Lloy Ball. It offers wonderful programs for all ages, including various camps and clinics that introduce the game and skills of volleyball to kids. Watch for opportunities from local powerhouse!
This local arts & athletic center offers instruction in soccer, gymnastics/cheer as well as a ninja warrior combat zone. See their website for class info!
Thunder Lakes Indoor Range and Outdoor Sports is northeast Indiana's newest indoor range. There are 15 lanes for firearms, including 10 15-yard lanes and five 25-yard lanes. Firearms, hunting and fishing supplies are available. A variety of classes for all ages are offered throughout the year.
Angola ATA Martial Arts Studio - Day Classes
Angola is blessed to have a local ATA studio. The Angola ATA offers class for students of all ages throughout the year. (Check website or call the studio for current class schedule.) Many homeschoolers take advantage of these daily classes.
The local YMCA is a great resource for homeschoolers. Aside from the facility itself which offers weight rooms, gyms, swim & therapy pools. Homeschooling families will sporadically gather at the Y to hang out. Check Facebook group for current events. The Y offers youth sports programs (such as soccer, basketball, and Wavemaker's swim team & lessons) and summer camps
Parks & Nature Preserves
Just ten minutes north of downtown Angola, Pokagon State Park is an incredible resource for local homeschoolers. You can often find members of the Steuben County Homeschoolers Facebook group gathering at these events! (Just check the group page for dates/times or to create a meet-up). There are many events, hikes, and programs for all ages. You can view the schedule of events here!
Angola Parks & Recreation are responsible for a variety of programs and events each year. An amazing offering of the Parks and Recreation is its totally FREE Summer Recreation Program for students ages 7-14. They also put on a wide variety of fun events, such as the City Wide Tree Give Away, Easter Egg Hunt, Independence Day Celebration with its annual home-town parade, Civil War Days, Halloween Fun and two concerts each year. In 2018, the parks department offered FREE all-ages Yoga in the park and pickleball classes!
This treasure offers over 400 acres of nature preserve and trails, tours, gift shop, and grass-fed meat. It is an incredible resource right in our back yard in Fremont, Indiana!
Pine Knob is an area park just west of Fremont. It is a nature preserve with 229 acres of oaks, pines, soft maples, prairie oak savanna, fen, and Meteer Lake. It is wheel-chair accessible and animal friendly. Special facilities are provided for hunters and fishermen. There are field archery targets and a wooded 3-D archery trail with life-sized game targets for a $5.00 fee.
Near Lake James in Fremont, McClue Nature Preserve is a hidden gem in Steuben County. Thirty acres of McClue are covered by some of the best old-growth forest in northeast Indiana, including large tulip trees and red and white oaks. Flowering dogwood adds color to the understory in the spring. The woods is rich in spring wildflowers, and a good area for spring birding. Visit McClue for a taste of the beauty that Indiana has to offer.