Are you a homeschooling family in the Midwest looking for a road trip? Natural Springs Resort is the perfect fall weekday stay for homeschoolers! Located in Southwest Ohio just minutes from Richmond and the Indiana border, and a one-tank trip from Indianapolis, Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus, NSR has something for everyone. Check out the learning opportunities and outdoor activities available for all of your homeschooling (or roadschooling) adventures!

Field trip activities for homeschoolers

When your school is at home, taking field trips can be especially beneficial. A road trip for homeschoolers can be a great way to reboot a rough week, get out of the house and learn along the way. A homeschooling field trip to Natural Springs can provide numerous chances for hands-on learning, including local history, geography lessons, nature hikes and other physical activities on our 12-acre lake. 

Amenities for homeschoolers

The amenities at Natural Springs Resort revolve primarily around our beautiful spring-fed lake, with water flowing in at 1200 gallons per hour. The natural rock formations iconic to Natural Springs Resort are remnants from the old stone quarry that existed here decades ago, perfect for a homeschool history lesson. Due to the constant flow of fresh water our lake stays crystal clear with excellent visibility in most areas, allowing your children to see all the incredible wildlife swimming inside. 

Catch-and-release fishing is great for a weekday stay at Natural Springs too, with a stock of freshwater game fish (Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch, Walleye, Rainbow Trout, and Black Crappie) that provide a nice reward for fishing. You can also get out on the lake with one of our non-motorized watercraft for rent. From canoes, kayaks and paddle boats, we’ve got you covered. And don’t forget gym class – our Camp Store is the place to pick up sports rental equipment, such as volleyballs, basketballs, shuffleboard and horseshoe equipment.

Roadschooling around the Midwest

Have you heard of roadschooling? Many families these days are choosing a more nomadic lifestyle, traveling the country in an RV or trailer even with their children. Roadschooling allows families to take an immersive approach to homeschooling, with learning experiences based on the landmarks and local attractions they encounter in their travels. Here in the Midwest, you can stay at Natural Springs and enjoy a number of museums and natural places of interest right along the Indiana/Ohio border before you move on to your next roadschooling stop.

Off-site adventures near Natural Springs

In addition to what we have to offer homeschoolers on our beautiful grounds, there are plenty of off-site adventures just minutes away. Some of the best educational spots to visit on your weekday stay near New Paris, Ohio include: 

  • Quiet Harmony Ranch: A wildlife ranch located 8 minutes away with elk who roam freely and peacefully graze the land.
  • Richmond Historic Depot District: Just 9 minutes from Natural Springs with restaurants, antique shops, murals and a Model T Museum. 
  • Gaar House Museum: Built in 1876 and now serves as a free historic landmark, only 9 minutes from Natural Springs Resort.
  • Thistlewaite Falls: A scenic nature reserve about 12 minutes from your campsite with an easily accessible man-made waterfall.
  • Wayne County Historical Museum: An eight-building site just 13 minutes away with exhibits ranging from early Wayne County history pioneer life, cultural objects from around the world and even an Egyptian mummy. 

Contact us today to book your weekday stay for homeschoolers! And if you want to stay for the weekend, don’t miss out on our Halloween activities in October. These weekends are chock full of spooky fun like site decorating contests, pumpkin carving, costume parades and trick or treating. We can’t wait to see you here!

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