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 programs opens December 3.


You can renew your membership here. Please note: a Family Membership is required in order to receive a member discount on Children & Family Programs.

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. 

Girls into the Wild

Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
with Katie Koerten
Thursdays, January 9 – March 19 (no program February 20)
Members: $275/Non-members: $330

Often you just need to run, explore and play outdoors! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten offers 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 – not to mention sledding, sliding on ice and exploring animal tracks in the snow. Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Bus transportation is available for Crocker Farm students.

Nature Play Afterschool

Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
Mondays with Aemelia Thompson
January 6 – March 16 (no class January 20 or February 17)
3:30-5:30pm
Members: $210/ Non-members $252

Wednesdays with Jeff Mazur
January 8 – March 18 (no class February 19)
Extended day: March 4
3:30-5:30pm, extended days 1:30-5:30pm
Members: $255/Non-members: $306

Playing outside in the winter is super awesome! 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, make new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us and use our imaginations. Our instructors provide a safe setting 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. Bus transportation is available for Crocker Farm students.

Sign up for the spring programs below opens on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Girls into the Wild Spring Session 

Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
With Katie Koerten
Thursdays, March 26 – June 11 (no program April 23)
Members: $330/Non-members: $396

Often you just need to run, explore and play outdoors! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten offers 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 signs animals leave behind. Come build your confidence and show your wild side! Bus transportation is available for Crocker Farm students.

Nature Play Afterschool Spring Session

Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
Mondays with Aemelia Thompson
March 23 – June 8 (no class April 20 & May 25)
3:30-5:30pm
Members: $230/ Non-members $276

Wednesdays with Jeff Mazur
March 25 – June 10 (no class April 22)
Extended days: March 25, April 15, and May 6
3:30-5:30pm, extended days 1:30-5:30pm
Members: $320/Non-members: $384

Spring fever is coming, and your kids need to be outside! Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program 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 will explore wooded trails and fields, play in and near streams, build forts, climb trees, make new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us and use our imaginations. Our instructors provide a safe setting 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. Bus transportation is available for Crocker Farm students.

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