Nature Play Afterschool

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.

Registration for Winter Children and Family programs is open.
Spring session will open in February.
Click HERE to register.
Space is limited. These programs are part of a series and are not open as drop-in classes. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Nature Play Afterschool Winter Session

with Jeff Mazur
Wednesdays: 3:30pm-5:30pm, extended days 1:30pm-5:30pm
January 4 – March 15 (no class February 22)
Extended day: February 8
Members: $230/Non-members: $254
Open to all children in grades 1-3. Limited to 10 participants

Nature Play Afterschool Spring Session

with Jeff Mazur
Wednesdays, 3:30pm- 5:30pm, extended days 1:30pm-5:30pm
March 22 – June 7 (no class April 19)
Extended days: March 29 & May 10
Members: $272 / Non-members: $300
Open to all children in grades 1-3. Limited to 10 participants.


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