Afterschool Programs

Registration will open on June 21 for all Fall 2022 programs.

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

Ages 8-11 or Grades 3-5
Mondays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
September 12 – December 19 (no program October 10) 
Extended Day: September 26
Fee per Child: Tier A-$411 | Tier B-$358 | Tier C-$304  | Tier D-$232

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 Fall turn to Winter. 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.

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL 
Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 12  – December 19 (no program October 10)
Extended Day: September 26
Fee per Child: Tier A-$411 | Tier B-$358 | Tier C-$304  | Tier D-$232

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 Fall Nature Play we will explore wooded trails and fields, jump in leaf piles, build forts, 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.

TUESDAYS 

WILD CHILDREN OF THE WOODS SERIES

Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 6 – December 20 (no program Nov. 8)  Fee per Child: Tier A-$411 | Tier B-$358 | Tier C-$304 | Tier D-$232

Wild Children of the Woods is a nature based after school for upper-elementary schoolers.  We will learn, play, and explore outdoors, roaming the grounds of the Hitchcock Center and watching Fall turn to Winter. 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.

WEDNESDAYS

JUNIOR NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL 
Ages 5-7 or grades K-1
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 7 – December 21 (no program October 5, November 23)
Extended Days: October 12 & December 7
Fee per Child: Tier A-$436 | Tier B-$379 | Tier C-$322  | Tier D-$246 

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 Fall Junior Nature Play we will explore wooded trails and fields, play pretend in our mud kitchen, and make leaf crowns.  Our instructors provide a safe setting for children to explore nature and encourage children to stretch their limits. 

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL 
Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 7 – December 21 (no program October 5, November 23)
Extended Days: October 12 & December 7
Fee per Child: Tier A-$436 | Tier B-$379 | Tier C-$322  | Tier D-$246 

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 Fall Nature Play we will explore wooded trails and fields, jump in leaf piles, build forts, 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.

WEDNESDAYS WITH THE ANIMALS 
Ages 8-11 or grades 3-5
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 7 – December 21 (no program October 5, November 23)
Extended Days: October 12 & December 7
Fee per Child: Tier A-$412 | Tier B-$358 | Tier C-$304  | Tier D-$232

Come spend some time with animals inside and outside at the Hitchcock Center. Some weeks we’ll meet and spend some quality time with the Hitchcock Center teaching animals and some weeks we’ll go out in search of what we can find. We’ll also have some time for outdoor free play and visit all our favorite places in the woods.  **This program will only be available in the fall.**

THURSDAYS

NATURE PLAY AFTERSCHOOL 
Ages 6-9 or grades 1-3
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 8  – December 22 (no program November 24)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$436 | Tier B-$379 | Tier C-$322  | Tier D-$246

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 Fall Nature Play we will explore wooded trails and fields, jump in leaf piles, build forts, 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.

GIRLS INTO THE WILD AFTERSCHOOL 

Ages 8-11 or grades 3-5
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
September 8 – December 22 (no program November 24)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$418 | Tier B-$364 | Tier C-$309  | Tier D-$236

Girls into the Wild is back in Fall 2022 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! Genderqueer, nonbinary, agender and trans young people are welcome! 

Fees

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.

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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