Afterschool Programs

Afterschool programs at the Hitchcock Center are all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid! Our programs seek to support free play and experimentation in the outdoors in a supportive environment at each child’s comfort level. We help foster creativity, nature skills, inquiry and friendships for ages 6-11 and spend our afternoons with hands-on projects, team building, exploring and connecting with nature. Develop your child’s confidence at afterschool!

Registration for Winter Afterschool programs opens December 1.
Spring registration opens February 16.

Click HERE to register.

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center?
Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee. These programs are part of a series and are not open as a drop-in classes. Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center. Limited to 10 participants. 

Nature Play Afterschool – Winter Session Session Filled

with Jeff Mazur, Hitchcock educator
Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
Wednesdays, January 3 – March 21, 2018 (No program on February 21st)
3:30pm-5:30pm
Extended Days: 2/7 and 3/14 1:30pm-5:30pm
$275 members/$300 non-members

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your kids need to stay inside to play. Have them join Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program, which is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Winter Nature Play, we make snow forts, sled, find animal tracks, play manhunt in the dark and use our imagination as we explore the wooded trails and fields. Instructor Jeff Mazur provides a safe structure for children to explore nature and encourages children to stretch their limits as they balance on logs, hold salamanders, or co-create new games with their peers.

Nature Play Afterschool – Spring Session 

with Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-9, Graces 1-3
Wednesdays, March 28 – June 13 (No program 4/18)
3:30-5:30pm, extended days 1:30-5:30pm (4/4 and 5/9)
$275 members/$300 non-members

Spring fever is in the air, and it is time to get the kids outside to let out some of their energy! Have them join Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program, which is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Spring Nature Play, we explore vernal pools, notice the first signs of spring, build forts, make up games and use our imagination as we explore the wooded trails and fields. Instructor Jeff Mazur provides a safe structure for children to explore nature and encourages children to stretch their limits as they balance on logs, hold salamanders, or co-create new games with their peers.

Girls into the Wild – Winter Session

Katie Koerten, Hitchcock Educator
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Thursdays, January 4 – March 22, 2018 (No program 2/22)
3:30pm-5:30pm
$297 members/$352 non-members

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play – especially in the winter! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Now in its fourth year, Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten strives to offer games and activities that each girl can participate in at her own comfort level, from climbing trees, to playing camouflage in the forest, to running and whooping wildly through fields – all while noticing the birds that are singing, the flowers that are blooming and the animals that are leaving tracks behind. Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center.

Girls into the Wild – Spring Session

with Katie Koerten, Hitchcock Educator
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Thursdays, March 29-June 14, 2018 (No program 4/19)
3:30pm-5:30pm
$297 members/$352 non-members

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Now in its fourth year, Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten strives to offer games and activities that each girl can participate in at her own comfort level, from climbing trees, to playing camouflage in the forest, to running and whooping wildly through fields – all while noticing the birds that are singing, the flowers that are blooming and the animals that are leaving tracks behind. Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center.

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