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

Registration is required for all programs. 

Programs may also be viewed in a calendar.

The Ology of Ologists Homeschool Adventure Series (In-person) — Tuesday series full wait list only; Thursday series nearly filled

with Jeff Mazur
Ages 9–11 or Grades 4–6
Tuesdays, 9:30am–12:30pm
September 15–November 17 

OR

Thursdays, 9:30am–12:30pm
September 17–November 19
Fee per Child: Tier A-$554  | Tier B-$443  | Tier C-$332  | Tier D-$166
Limited to 10 participants

Join us in this fall program series as we learn the jobs that scientists do. We will focus on a different “ology” each week — from archeology to zoology we will explore different realms of science. This will be an all-outdoor program, and will include a morning circle, an activity focused on the ology of the day, followed by a snack, 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.

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 (In-person) — Series full wait list only

with Aemelia Thompson
Ages 9–11 or Grades 4–6
Tuesdays, 3:30–5:30pm
September 22–December 15 (no class November 3)

OR

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 23–December 15

Fee per Child: Tier A-$254  | Tier B-$203  | Tier C-$152  | Tier D-$76
Limited to 12 participants

Play is an essential part of childhood, and playing games can cultivate social-emotional skills that keep us connected. Games in Nature After School will use a combination of structured games and free nature play to build interpersonal skills and to just have fun in an increasingly stressful world. Each week the group will spend time together beginning with games and move into nature play and free game building. Structured games will focus on confidence building, leadership, communication, laughing. Free nature play will give individuals time to observe, experiment, and play, using the inspiration of the natural world. It will also be an opportunity for the co-creation of new simple games (think racing sticks down a river) and an opportunity for kids to practice rule negotiation and boundary set up. This program will provide a space to continue important social-emotional learning during a time of social distancing.

Art in the Forest Series (In-person)— Wednesday series nearly filled

with Aemelia Thompson
Ages 7–10 or Grades 2–4
Wednesdays, 10am–12pm
September 16–December 16
Fee per Child: Tier A-$437  | Tier B-$349  | Tier C-$252  | Tier D-$131
Limited to 10 participants

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 fall and into winter we will explore our own imagination and expression with activities that include drawing, poetry, structure building, painting and 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. This series is being offered two times per week on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please sign up for one of the two days.

Girls into the Wild Series (In-person) — Series full wait list only

with Katie Koerten
Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
September 24–December 17 (no program November 5 or 26)

OR

with Monya Relles
Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
September 24–December 17 (no program November 5 or 26)

Fee per Child: Tier A-$289  | Tier B-$232  | Tier C-$174  | Tier D-$87
Limited to 10 participants

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play outdoors! 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. Come build your confidence and show your wild side!

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our in-person programs will be held outdoors, even in the cold weather monthsOutdoor 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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