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 Fall Children and Family programs is open.
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 Fall Session – Session filled, wait list only

Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program for children ages 6–9 is all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid. There are many positive impacts of nature play on children’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being. It’s also an effective way to build a generation of committed environmental stewards. Multiple studies over more than 25 years have found that frequent, unstructured childhood play in natural spaces is the most common influence on the development of life-long conservation values and conservation behaviors. Nature Play is offered every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30pm in three sessions, Fall, Winter, and Spring, throughout the school year. Learn more about out teaching staff, here.

with Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

Wednesdays – 3:30pm-5:30pm, extended days 1:30pm-5:30pm
September 6 – December 20 (no class November 22)
Extended days: Sept 20, Oct 18, Dec 13
Members: $380/Non-members: $410

Girls into the Wild Fall Session – Session filled, wait list only

with Katie Koerten
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Thursdays, September 14 – December 14 (no program Nov 23)
Members: $355/Non-members: $420

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Now going into 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. Each season we do handmade nature crafts – last year we did weaving, birdhouse painting and flower fairies. Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center.


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