Children, Youth and Family Programs Winter 2021

Registration for Winter Programs opens on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Upcoming Fall Programs with open sessions are still open for registration.

We continue to find flexible and adaptive new ways to meet the needs of children and families during this pandemic. Our emphasis is on providing inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education programs for small groups, typically made up of no more than 10–12 individuals. Our programs, as always, are focused on learning from nature, but we are placing a heightened focus on meeting the need children have for unstructured time with their peers. It is essential to children’s social-emotional development and general sense of well-being to be able to play and be free outside with each other!   

Programs may also be viewed in a calendar.

Pre-Elementary: Ages 3–5 or Grade Pre-K (In-person)

Winter Nature Discovery Preschool Adventures 

Ages 3–5 or Grades Pre-K
Limited to 12 participants (limit of 2 children per adult).

with Colleen Kelley
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am OR 1:00–2:30pm
January 15, 29, March 19

OR

with Helen Ann Sephton
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am OR 1:00–2:30pm
February 12, 26, March 12, 19

Fee per Child: Tier A-$17 per day | Tier B-$13 per day | Tier C-$9 per day | Tier D- $7
Fee per Adult: Tier A-$21 per day | Tier B-$17 per day | Tier C-$13 per day | Tier D- $9

Come explore the wonders of winter! This award-winning adult and child preschool program offers weekly outdoor exploration together combined with multi-modal learning experiences to foster wonder and curiosity about the natural world. Each program includes movement, song, nature exploration, snacktime, and a story. Sign up for one or more days and choose from one of two time offerings, Friday mornings or afternoons. An adult caregiver must attend with child(ren).

January 15: Winter Wonderland
January 29: Stick Stories
February 12: Snow Surprises
February 26: Plant Pleasures
March 12: Wild About Wind
March 19: Water Wonders

Lower Elementary: Ages 5–8 or Grades K–3 (In-person)

Junior Nature Play Series

Ages 5–7 or Grades K–1
Limited to 8 participants.

Mondays Series:
with Katie Koerten
10:30am–12:00pm
January 11–March 15 (no program January 18 or February 15)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$240 | Tier B-$192 | Tier C-$144  | Tier D-$96

OR 

Thursday Series:
with Katie Koerten
10:30am–12:00pm
January 7–March 18 (no program February 18)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$300 | Tier B-$240 | Tier C-$180  | Tier D-$120

Junior Nature Play is back in Winter 2021! Children in kindergarten and first grade may sign up for this immersive, lightly-structured program that lets kids be “free-range” while being safely supervised. Instructor Katie Koerten will lead us to our favorite places to play in the forest, such as Stump City, the Ferns, and the Faraway Woods. We’ll hope for snow so we can go sledding, build snow shelters and slide on ice! Each day includes games, free play, a story and snack time.

Junior Nature Play Afterschool Series 

Ages 5–7 or Grades K–1
Limited to 8 participants.

with Aemelia Thompson
Wednesdays, 3:30–5:00pm
January 13–March 17 (no class February 17)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$186 | Tier B-$149 | Tier C-$111  | Tier D-$75

Introducing a Nature Play Afterschool option for Kindergartners and first graders! At this program we run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and are free-range kids, all while developing our self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits. Come explore our wooded trails and fields, play pretend in the snow, go sledding, and make snow creations with us this winter!
*There will be no extended days during our winter session.

Nature Play Afterschool Series

Ages 6–9 or Grades 1–3
Limited to 12 participants per series.

Monday Series:
with Aemelia Thompson
3:30–5:30pm
January 11–March 15 (no program February 15)*
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248 | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99
* There will be no extended days during our Winter session but we will run our program on Martin Luther King, JR. day.

OR

Tuesday Series:
with Monya Relles
3:30–5:30pm
January 12–March 16 (no program February 16)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248 | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99

OR

Wednesday Series:
with Jeff Mazur
3:30–5:30pm  (no extended days in winter)
January 13–March 17 (no class February 17)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248 | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99

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. During Winter Nature Play we will explore wooded trails and fields, play in the snow, build forts, sled, make snow creations, climb trees, and make new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us. Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits.

Morning Nature Play Series

Ages 6–9 or Grades 1–3
Limited to 10 participants.

with Katie Koerten
Tuesdays, 10:00am–12:00pm
January 12–March 16 (no program February 16)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$304 | Tier B-$243 | Tier C-$182  | Tier D-$122

Morning Nature Play is back in winter 2021! Every day is a mix of games, exploring and playing – and snack and story around the fire! We’ll romp and play in the fields and forests of the Hitchcock Center, noticing the beauty of the winter season and playing games. And of course, we’ll visit our favorite spots to play — Roots, Stumps and Ferns! We’ll hope for lots of snow for building snow shelters and sledding, and maybe ice for sliding, too!

Homeschool I: Storytelling in the Forest 

Ages 6-8 or Grades 1-3
Limited to 10 participants.

with Monya Relles
Thursdays, 9:45–12:45pm
March 4–May 13 (no program April 22)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$563 | Tier B-$450 | Tier C-$338  | Tier D-$225

Homeschool I is back for a session all about story. While immersed in nature, we’ll tell stories and listen to stories; we’ll write stories and act them out. We’ll play storytelling games, read stories from many cultures, and even think about the ways we can use stories to solve problems like climate change. Free play, sit spots, running games, and journaling are all built into each day. Each day will start with a question of the day and there will be optional projects to do at home.

Being Animals Series 

Ages 5-7, Grades K-1
Limited to 8 participants.

with Katie Koerten
Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:00pm
January 6–March 17 (no program February 17)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$300 | Tier B-$240 | Tier C-$180  | Tier D-$120

Attention Kindergartners and first graders! On Wednesdays this winter, it’s Junior Nature Play with a twist. Every day we’re going to be a different animal! Slide like an otter, hop like a hare, swoop like a snowy owl, and more. Each day we’ll play animal games, hear animal stories and explore animal habitats! And of course, we’ll visit our favorite places to play, such as Fern Village, Roots and Stump City! Come be wild in the woods this winter with Katie!

Art in the Forest Series 

Ages 7–10 or Grades 2–4
Limited to 12 participants.

with Aemelia Thompson
Wednesdays, 10am–12pm
January 13–March 17 (no program February 17)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248  | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99

The natural world has served as inspiration for artists for a long time. While immersed in the outdoors, children in this program will be encouraged to develop awareness of the details in the natural world and learn how to utilize its beauty in artistic expression. This winter we will explore our own imaginations with activities that include drawing, structure building and snow sculpture. We’ll spend part of our time creating works of art together and part of our time doing free play.

Girls into the Wild Series 

Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Limited to 10 participants.

with Katie Koerten
Thursdays, 3:30–5:30pm
January 7–March 18  (no program February 18)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$313 | Tier B-$250 | Tier C-$188  | Tier D-$125

OR

with Monya Relles
Thursdays, 3:30–5:30pm
January 7–March 18  (no program February 18)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$313 | Tier B-$250 | Tier C-$188  | Tier D-$125

Girls into the Wild is back in Winter 2021 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 — and we’ll hope for lots of winter snow! Sled down hills, build snow mountains, and invent new games on the ice! Come build your confidence and show your wild side!

February Vacation Days 

Jumping Mice (Grades K–1) with Aemelia Thompson
Brown Bats (Grades 2–3) with Monya Relles
Groundhogs (Grades 4–5) with Jeff Mazur

February 15–19, 10am–12pm AND/OR 1:30–3:30pm
Fee per child for one session/day: Tier A-$138  | Tier B-$110 | Tier C-$83  | Tier D-$55
Fee per child for two sessions/day: Tier A-$276  | Tier B-$220 | Tier C-$166  | Tier D-$110

Winter can feel like years when kept indoors. For this Winter Vacation Week children can come spend time with our educators and see how wonderful the winter really is when experienced outdoors! During these days educators will bring children into the wintery woods to play games, build snow forts, sled, and learn how to keep warm and have fun while playing outdoors in winter. 

In order to maintain our policies of safety and care during the Winter Vacation Week, we will continue to offer outdoor only programs in lieu of our typical camp schedule. As a result, we are offering two separate two-hour programs for outdoor play each day. These programs will be a morning block from 10am-Noon and an afternoon block from 1:30-3:30pm. Families can choose the morning program, the afternoon program, or both as it suits their needs. Families choosing both the morning and afternoon blocks will need to arrange for their child to be picked up and allowed to warm up inside before joining for the second program. Full week registration will be required for whichever time is chosen.

Second Saturday Science Walks 

Ages ages 5–7 and Grades  K–1
Limited to 12 participants.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of 3 children per adult.

with Aemelia Thompson
Second Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am
January 9, February 13, March 13
Suggested donation of $5-12 per family

For our Winter sessions of Second Saturday Science we are changing things up a little. In order to still provide a safe outdoor space to learn about nature, while keeping warm, our programs will be set up as forest walks that will focus on different seasonal topics. Designed for children with their parents, registration is required.

January 9: Birds of Winter
February 13: Tracks and Traces
March 13: Camouflage

Upper Elementary: Ages 9–11 or Grades 4–6 (In-person)

Eco-Quest Discovery Days (In-person)

with Jeff Mazur
Ages 9–11 or Grades 4–6
Tuesdays, 9:30am–12:30pm
December 1, 8 and 15 

OR

Thursdays, 9:30am–12:30pm
December 3, 10, and 17
Fee per Child: Tier A-$55 per day | Tier B-$44 per day  | Tier C-$33 per day  | Tier D-$17 per day
Limited to 10 participants

Join us for a quest! You can drop in for one class or all three. We will be completing a quest each week using different skills during the first half of the class, and the second half, after a hearty snack, will be full of nature exploration and games. This series is being offered two times per week on Tuesdays and on Thursdays. Please sign up for one of the two days.

• December 1: Tracks and Signs
• December 8: Marvelous Mapping
• December 15: Compass Quest

OR

• December 3: Tracks and Signs
• December 10: Marvelous Mapping
• December 17: Compass Quest

Games in Nature Afterschool Series 

Ages 9–11 or Grades 4–5
Limited to 12 participants in each series.

Monday Series:
with Monya Relles
3:30–5:30pm
January 11–March 15 (no program February 15)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248 | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99

OR

Tuesday Series:
with Aemelia Thompson
3:305:30pm
January 12March 16 (no program February 16)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248 | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99

Games in Nature is back in winter 2021! Our Winter game days will begin with our favorite structured group games, which focus on confidence building, leadership, communication, and laughing.  Each day also includes winter nature exploration: We’ll be hiking through snow covered wooded trails and fields, building forts, sledding, and playing freely in the woods. Free nature play will give individuals time to observe, experiment, and play, using the inspiration of the natural world.

Art in the Forest Series 

Ages 7–10 or Grades 2–4
Limited to 12 participants.

with Aemelia Thompson
Wednesdays, 10am–12pm
January 13–March 17 (no program February 17)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$248  | Tier B-$198 | Tier C-$149  | Tier D-$99

The natural world has served as inspiration for artists of all varieties for all of humankind’s history.  While surrounded by the undeniable beauty of the outdoors, children in the Art in the Forest program will be encouraged to develop awareness of the details in the natural world and learn how to utilize its beauty in artistic expression. Throughout the winter we will explore our own imagination and expression with activities that include drawing, structure building and snow sculpture. We’ll spend part of our time working together towards creating works of art and part free time in the woods, playing, talking, and building community.

Homeschool II: Outdoor Skills and Exploration Series 

Ages 9–11 or Grades 4–6
Limited to 10 participants.

with Jeff Mazur
Tuesdays, 9:30am–12:30 pm
March 2–May 11 (no program April 20)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$563 | Tier B-$450 | Tier C-$338  | Tier D-$225

OR

with Jeff Mazur
Thursdays, 9:30am–12:30pm
March 4–May 13, (no program April 22)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$563 | Tier B-$450 | Tier C-$338  | Tier D-$225

During this series, we will build our wilderness skills as we overcome challenges together. In our own survival story, we will need to develop skills to help us to survive, such as orienteering, fire building, shelter making, plant identification, and tracking. This class will also have time built in for free play, journal time and organized games. More than half of our sessions will require drop off and pick up at other locations within 20 minutes of the Hitchcock Center.

Girls into the Wild Series

Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Limited to 10 participants in each series.

with Katie Koerten
Thursdays, 3:30–5:30pm
January 7–March 18  (no program February 18)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$313 | Tier B-$250 | Tier C-$188  | Tier D-$125

OR

with Monya Relles
Thursdays, 3:30–5:30pm
January 7–March 18  (no program February 18)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$313 | Tier B-$250 | Tier C-$188  | Tier D-$125

Girls into the Wild is back in Winter 2021 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 — and we’ll hope for lots of winter snow! Sled down hills, build snow mountains, and invent new games on the ice! Come build your confidence and show your wild side!

February Vacation Days 

Jumping Mice (Grades K–1) with Aemelia Thompson
Brown Bats (Grades 2–3) with Monya Relles
Groundhogs (Grades 4–5) with Jeff Mazur

February 15–19, 10am–12pm AND/OR 1:30–3:30pm
Fee per child for one session/day: Tier A-$138  | Tier B-$110 | Tier C-$83  | Tier D-$55
Fee per child for two sessions/day: Tier A-$276  | Tier B-$220 | Tier C-$166  | Tier D-$110

Winter can feel like years when kept indoors. For this Winter Vacation Week children can come spend time with our educators and see how wonderful the winter really is when experienced outdoors! During these days educators will bring children into the wintry woods to play games, build snow forts, sled, and learn how to keep warm and have fun while playing outdoors in winter. 

In order to maintain our policies of safety and care during the Winter Vacation Week, we will continue to offer outdoor only programs in lieu of our typical camp schedule. As a result, we are offering two separate two-hour programs for outdoor play each day. These programs will be a morning block from 10am-noon and an afternoon block from 1:30-3:30pm. Families can choose the morning program, the afternoon program, or both as it suits their needs. Families choosing both the morning and afternoon blocks will need to arrange for their child to be picked up and allowed to warm up inside before joining for the second program. Full week registration will be required for whichever time is chosen.

Family and Learning Pod Programs (In-Person and Virtual)

Chain Reactions and Creative Contraptions (Virtual)

with Jay Mankita
Saturday, December 5
10:00am-11:30am
FREE, thanks to funding from the Amherst Cultural Council
Registration required

Playful Engineer, Jay Mankita, promotes play-centered exploration from in-school to un-school! The program engages children and families in a hands-on, thought-provoking, and open-ended STEM and STEAM exploration using chain reaction machines with household materials, tools and toys. Jay offers a live demonstration and presentation session where kids will engage with him through Zoom with questions and comments. Following the program, children and families can continue to explore using his online library of pictorial instructions, video demonstrations, and thematic slide shows for inspiration.

Children will have ample opportunities to learn and explore:

  • Physics principles: force and motion, scale, cause and effect
  • Engineering practice: plan, build, test, improve
  • Values: trial and error, persistence, growth mindset

About Jay
Jay Mankita has presented hundreds of in-person, hands-on, school and library programs for grades K-8, including a virtual STARS residency for 6-8 graders at the Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School. His work dovetails well with Next Generation Science and National Core Arts curriculum, but is not tied to it.

Second Saturday Science Walks

Ages ages 5–7 and Grades  K–1
Limited to 12 participants.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Limit of 3 children per adult.

with Aemelia Thompson
Second Saturdays, 10:00–10:45am
January 9, February 13, March 13
Suggested donation of $5-12 per family

For our Winter sessions of Second Saturday Science we are changing things up a little. In order to still provide a safe outdoor space to learn about nature, while keeping warm, our programs will be set up as forest walks that will focus on different seasonal topics. Designed for children with their parents, registration is required.

January 9: Birds of Winter
February 13: Tracks and Traces
March 13: Camouflag

Join us for seasonal nature and science programs each second Saturday of the month. Designed for children (ages 5–7) with their parents, these programs will explore cool topics in nature. 

  • September 12: Pollinators
  • October 10: Our Trees in Autumn
  • November 14: Reptiles in Winter 
  • December 12: Fantastic Foxes

Winter Nature Discovery Preschool Adventures 

Ages 3–5 or Grades Pre-K
Limited to 12 participants (limit of 2 children per adult).

with Colleen Kelley
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am OR 1:00–2:30pm
January 15, 29, March 19

OR

with Helen Ann Sephton
Fridays, 10:00–11:30am OR 1:00–2:30pm
February 12, 26, March 12, 19

Fee per Child: Tier A-$17 per day | Tier B-$13 per day | Tier C-$9 per day | Tier D- $7
Fee per Adult: Tier A-$21 per day | Tier B-$17 per day | Tier C-$13 per day | Tier D- $9

Come explore the wonders of winter! This award-winning adult and child preschool program offers weekly outdoor exploration together combined with multi-modal learning experiences to foster wonder and curiosity about the natural world. Each program includes movement, song, nature exploration, snacktime, and a story. Sign up for one or more days and choose from one of two time offerings, Friday mornings or afternoons. An adult caregiver must attend with child(ren).

January 15: Winter Wonderland
January 29: Stick Stories
February 12: Snow Surprises
February 26: Plant Pleasures
March 12: Wild About Wind
March 19: Water Wonders

Classroom Programs (Virtual)

Ages 5–8 or Grades K–2

with Aemelia Thompson
Mondays or Tuesdays, 1pm

OR

Helen Ann Sephton
Tuesdays, 1pm

Fee per program: Tier A-$61  | Tier B-$50  | Tier C-$37  | Tier D-$18
Group size: up to 22 students, including at least one adult

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM PROGRAMS REGISTRATION

Have a Hitchcock educator pay a virtual visit to your classroom or home! Our virtual class programs will be focused on specific topics to fit with your science curriculum. You will receive special topic-focused, take-home resources, and a remotely accessible video of a Hitchcock educator that will spark student interest. This will be paired with a 40-minute interactive lesson on Zoom with a Hitchcock educator that will end with a fun game that will check for students’ understanding and reinforce lesson goals. These are single session lessons and not a series.

When registering, choose your first and second preference for a date and time and one of the Virtual Class Program themes below:

  • Life Underground: Does a hole in the earth sound like a comfy place to live? To some animals it absolutely does! Living underground takes serious work but it is also a place many animals make their homes or live out their whole lives. Many of the animals that use the earth as their dwelling live right here in Massachusetts. Come dig in with us!
  • Predator and Prey: Trying to survive out in the wild can be a tough job for any animal, whether you’re a fox looking for a mouse to snack on, or the mouse hiding from the fox! Predatory animals have to hunt other animals for their food and their prey must be smart to avoid them. Both have their place in the ecosystem. Learn more about their special adaptations in this classroom program.
  • Flowers and Plants: Can you eat sunlight and help bees make honey? Flowers aren’t just beautiful to see and pick, they are a vital part of nature. In this lesson we’ll look at flowers, the special adaptations they use to thrive in our world, and how we’ve come to depend on them as humans.
  • Insects: What makes an animal an insect? What role do insects play in our world and how are they important to people? Come learn about the adaptations, life cycles and ecology of one of the most successful groups of animals on earth.
  • Decomposers: What happens to plants and animals after they die? Or the banana peel you aren’t going to eat? They become a tasty buffet for some vital critters in the food chain. Decomposers act as nature’s “clean-up crew”– they consume dead animal carcasses, decaying plant material and waste products from other members of the ecosystem. At home you can search for, observe, and study the work of decomposers, and together we’ll explore why these small critters play such a big role.
  • Metamorphosis: We all go through changes in our life, but metamorphosis tops any changes humans can do. Butterflies, frogs, millipedes, all of them experience this incredible process. Learn about the life cycles of our metamorphosing friends in this virtual classroom program.

Nature-based Field Trips (Virtual)

with Hitchcock Center Educators
MondaysThursdays, 10am, 11am, or 1pm
Fridays, 10am
Field trip length: approximately 45 minutes
September 21–December 18
Fee per Program: Tier A-$94  | Tier B-$75  | Tier C-$56  | Tier D-$28
Group Size: up to 22 participants, including at least one adult

VIRTUAL NATURE-BASED FIELD TRIP REGISTRATION
When registering, choose your first and second date and time preference and one of the Virtual Nature-based Field Trips themes below:

These live-stream virtual field trips use Zoom to offer interactive, inquiry-based learning opportunities for families and learning pods. Upon registration, a field-based “pre-trip” video along with suggested activities and resources will be provided to help engage participants in the learning process prior to participating in the live session. Each field trip has been designed to address grade-level STEM standards. We require one individual to sign up for a group. The price remains the same regardless of group size. It is expected that at least one to two adults attend the field trip via Zoom meeting with their child participants.

Amazing Animal Adaptations
Ages 5–9 or Grades K–4
How do animals survive in the wild? We will focus on the amazing diversity of life on the planet and in our area. In our pre-recorded video, participants will be introduced to live teaching animals by tuning into the talk show “Good Morning Animals.” Students will learn about how biology and behavior helps animals survive in habitat in unique ways. In our interactive live-stream video session, we will come together to share our experiences with local animal adaptations in addition to observation of our teaching animals and stuffed mounts. We will also explore the concept of biomimicry and human adaptations through conversation and games. STEM standards

Insect Investigations
Ages 5–9 or Grades K–4
What makes an animal an insect? What role do insects play in our world and how are they important to people? In our pre-recorded video, we will become entomologists with a Hitchcock educator to adventure into the woods and search for insects. Learn how to identify an insect, where to find them, and the tools you’ll need to collect them. Plus, learn a ton of cool insect facts along the way! We will also come together in an interactive live-stream video session to share our experiences with insects, observe live teaching insects close up, learn about their complex life cycles, and participate in identification games and quizzes. STEM standards

Life in a Pond
Ages 5–10 or Grades K–5
A pond is much more than frogs and fish! In a pre-recorded video, we will demonstrate the beautiful web of pond life from algae and microscopic organisms to insect larvae and amphibians. We will learn how to make a simple pond net, read about what makes a pond a pond, and go on a virtual pond tour. You will be given a list of simple equipment to use to successfully collect pond animals, and will be shown how to safely collect and release these animals. Then we will share our experiences through an interactive live-stream session where we will get a close-up look at pond invertebrates (animals without backbones), do a scientific drawing, and experiment with the surface tension of water. STEM standards

Mountains and Valleys
Ages 9–10 or Grade 4–5
Discover the stories in the stones around us! The Holyoke Range can tell us much about how the Earth’s crust is shaped. It is a geologically unique area, where we can find evidence of shifting tectonic plates, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciers, and erosion, all in one place! In this virtual field trip, we will first learn how the everyday landscape provides intriguing clues to the past in a pre-recorded video. Together, we will then explore local geology through video, hands-on experimentation and a live stream video session. STEM standards

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our in-person programs will be held outdoors, even in the cold weather months. Outdoor learning environments have been shown to be one of the safest ways to teach while  preventing the spread of COVID-19.  

Masks will be required at all times when social distancing (six feet apart) is not able to be maintained. This will continue until our local and state health officials say otherwise. 

As much as our teaching approach is “hands-on,” we will be limiting touching and sharing. If any equipment or materials are needed as part of the program, we will provide participants with their own. All equipment and materials will be returned and individually disinfected at the end of the program.

Participants need to come prepared for all outdoor weather conditions. We suggest bringing a backpack with extra layers, including socks and hats, bottled water, and snacks, as well as insect repellent and sunscreen as-needed. 

Fees

Given this time of financial hardship for our community and our organization, we are offering a new sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

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