Afterschool Programs

Registration for HCE’s Winter and Spring programs opens December 6, 2022

A note about registration: Many of our programs fill quickly, so we highly recommend registering on the waiting list. We go to this list first if a space opens up. And by adding your name, you can help us better plan for the programs that are in high demand.

MONDAYS

WILD CHILDREN OF THE WOODS SERIES
With: Monya Relles
Ages 8-11 or Grades 3-5
Mondays 3:30-5:30
January 9 – March 13 (no class January 16 or February 20)
Tier A:$234 Tier B:$203 Tier C:$173 Tier D:$132
Limited to 13 participants

We go to the woods to think, learn, play, and explore in this afterschool series for upper-elementary schoolers. We will roam the grounds of the Hitchcock Center as we watch the seasons change in our beautiful woods. We will visit stump city, ferns, and the far-away woods, play some organized games, and learn about the animals, plants, and life in these woods, including ourselves.

TUESDAYS 

JUNIOR NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Lauren Dausch
Ages 5-7 or Grades K-1
Tuesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
January 3 – March 14 (no program February 21)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$295 | Tier B-$257 | Tier C-$218  | Tier D-$167
Limited to 11 participants

Hitchcock’s Junior Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Winter Junior Nature Play we will explore snowy wooded trails and fields, make snow villages, and sled down the HCE hill!  Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

WEDNESDAYS

JUNIOR NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Lauren Dausch
Ages 5-7 or Grades K-1
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
January 4 – March 15 (no program February 22)
Extended Days on February 15, March 8
Fee per Child: Tier A-$353 | Tier B-$307 | Tier C-$261 | Tier D-$200
Limited to 11 participants

Hitchcock’s Junior Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Winter Junior Nature Play we will explore snowy wooded trails and fields, make snow villages, and sled down the HCE hill!  Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30
January 4 – March 15 (no program on February 22)
Extended Days on February 15, March 8
Fee per Child: Tier A-$353 | Tier B-$307 | Tier C-$261  | Tier D-$200
Limited to 13 participants

Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. In Winter Nature Play After School we will explore snowy wooded trails and fields, make snow villages, and sled down the HCE hill. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

WILD CHILDREN OF THE WOODS
With: Emily Schuttenberg
Ages 8-11 or Grades 3-5
Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:30
January 4 – March 15 (no program on February 22)
Extended Days on February 15, March 8
Fee per Child: Tier A-$353 | Tier B-$307 | Tier C-$261  | Tier D-$200
Limited to 13 participants

We go to the woods to think, learn, play, and explore in this afterschool series for upper-elementary schoolers. We will roam the grounds of the Hitchcock Center as we watch the seasons change in our beautiful woods. We will visit stump city, ferns, and the far-away woods, play some organized games, and learn about the animals, plants, and life in these woods, including ourselves.

THURSDAYS

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Emily Schuttenberg
Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30
January 5 – March 16 (no program February 23)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$296 | Tier B-$257 | Tier C-$219  | Tier D-$167
Limited to 13 participants

Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. In Winter Nature Play After School we will explore snowy wooded trails and fields, make snow villages, and sled down the HCE hill. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

GIRLS INTO THE WILD AFTERSCHOOL
with Katie Koerten
Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
January 5 – March 16 (no program February 23)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$296 | Tier B-$257| Tier C-$219  | Tier D-$167
Limited to 13 participants

Join us in winter 2023 for more romping wildly through the field and forests of the Hitchcock Center. As always we’ll visit our favorite places to play in the forest, such as Stump City, the Ferns, and the Faraway Woods – exploring the seasonal beauty of nature as we go. Play games, make friends, and create nature projects outdoors! Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Any young people with an experience of gender marginalization are welcome!

Afterschool Programs Spring 2023

Registration for HCE’s Winter and Spring programs opens December 6, 2022

MONDAYS

WILD CHILDREN OF THE WOODS SERIES
With: Monya Relles
Ages 8-11 or Grades 3-5
Mondays 3:30-5:30
March 20 – June 5 (no program April 17 and May 29)
Tier A:$234 Tier B:$203 Tier C:$173 Tier D:$132
Limited to 13 participants

We go to the woods to think, learn, play, and explore in this afterschool series for upper-elementary schoolers. We will roam the grounds of the Hitchcock Center as we watch the seasons change in our beautiful woods. We will visit stump city, ferns, and the far-away woods, play some organized games, and learn about the animals, plants, and life in these woods, including ourselves.

TUESDAYS 

JUNIOR NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Lauren Dausch
Ages 5-7 or Grades K-1
Tuesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
March 21 – June 6 (no program April 18)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$295 | Tier B-$257 | Tier C-$218  | Tier D-$167
Limited to 11 participants

Hitchcock’s Junior Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Winter Junior Nature Play we will explore snowy wooded trails and fields, make snow villages, and sled down the HCE hill!  Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

WEDNESDAYS

JUNIOR NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Lauren Dausch
Ages 5-7 or Grades K-1
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
March 22 – June 7 (no program April 19)
Extended Days on March 22, April 5, May 10
Fee per Child: Tier A-$415 | Tier B-$361 | Tier C-$307 | Tier D-$234
Limited to 11 participants

Hitchcock’s Junior Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Spring Junior Nature Play we will play in the mud and spring rains, look for bugs, and enjoy the warming outdoors. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With Jeff Mazur

Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
March 22 – June 7 (no program April 19)
Extended Days on March 22, April 5, May 10
Fee per Child: Tier A-$411 | Tier B-$357 | Tier C-$304 | Tier D-$232
Limited to 13 participants

Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. In spring Nature Play After School we will explore, watch the trees bud, celebrate the green and blooming springtime, and play in the mud. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

WILD CHILDREN OF THE WOODS
With: Emily Schuttenberg
Ages 8-11 or Grades 3-5
Wednesdays 3:30-5:30
March 22 – June 7 (no program April 19)
Extended Days on March 22, April 5, May 10
Fee per Child: Tier A-$411 | Tier B-$357 | Tier C-$304 | Tier D-$232
Limited to 13 participants

We go to the woods to think, learn, play, and explore in this afterschool series for upper-elementary schoolers. We will roam the grounds of the Hitchcock Center as we watch the seasons change in our beautiful woods. We will visit stump city, ferns, and the far-away woods, play some organized games, and learn about the animals, plants, and life in these woods, including ourselves.

THURSDAYS

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL
With: Emily Schuttenberg

Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
March 23 – June 8 (no program April 20)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$325 | Tier B-$282 | Tier C-$240 | Tier D-$183
Limited to 13 participants

Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. In spring Nature Play After School we will explore, watch the trees bud, celebrate the green and blooming springtime, and play in the mud. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

GIRLS INTO THE WILD AFTERSCHOOL
With: Katie Koerten
Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
March 23 – June 8 (no program April 20)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$325 | Tier B-$282| Tier C-$240 | Tier D-$183

Girls into the Wild continues into 2023 for more romping wildly through the field and forests of the Hitchcock Center. As always we’ll visit our favorite places to play in the forest, such as Stump City, the Ferns, and the Faraway Woods – exploring the seasonal beauty of nature as we go. Play games, make friends, and create nature projects in the outdoors! Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Any young people with an experience of gender marginalization are welcome!

Out of a strong commitment to improve access to our programs we are now offering a sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

Cancellation policy for fall 2022 programs: You may cancel your registration for any of our fall programs up to a week prior to the program’s start date to receive a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.  If you cancel within 7 days or less of the program’s start date, we cannot offer a refund unless we are able to fill your spot in the program.

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our programs are designed to be fun and engaging and above all safe. The COVID-19 program guidelines are designed to help protect everyone as we meet the strict health and safety requirements of the CDC and our state. Please take the time to read the information thoroughly. If you feel that you or your child(ren) cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted to join one of our programs or events. We may change our guidelines to reflect new guidance from CDC and Massachusetts.

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