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

We continue to find flexible and adaptive new ways to meet the needs of children and families. Our emphasis is on providing inquiry-based environmental and outdoor education programs for small groups.  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!  

Winter programs will be mostly outdoors with short portions indoors, to allow for warm ups and a longer duration program.  While inside everyone will be required to be masked.  We will attempt to limit indoor eating to more extreme weather but if we do eat inside everyone will be socially distanced by at least 6 feet. 

Programs may also be viewed in a calendar.

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.

Afterschool Programs

Wild Children of the Woods Winter 

With Monya Relles
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm
January 10 – March 14 (no class January 17 or February 21)
Tier A:$245 Tier B:$196 Tier C:$147 Tier D:$98
Limited to 12 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 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.

Art & Games in the Forest After School Series WINTER

with Aemelia Thompson
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30
January 11 – March 15 (no program February 22)
Tier A: $271 Tier B: $217 Tier C: $163 Tier D: $109
Limited to 12 participants

The Winter session of Art in the Forest will have two focuses; art and games! On the calmer, gentler days of Winter we will explore our own imagination and expression with activities that include ice sculptures, snow painting, and making snow candles. On the harsher Winter days when we need movement to keep our bodies warm, we’ll play games, make snow forts, and build community. Either way, each day we’ll be surrounded by the undeniable beauty of the outdoors, we’ll develop awareness of the details in the natural world and work on our social skills as a group.

Girls into the Wild Winter

with Katie Koerten
Ages 8–11 or Grades 3–5
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
January 13 – March 17 (no program February 24)
Fee per Child: Tier A-$271 | Tier B-$217| Tier C-$163  | Tier D-$109
Limited to 12 participants

Join us in winter 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! Any young people with an experience of gender marginalization are welcome!

 

Homeschool Programs

Homeschool II: Biologists in Training

With Jeff Mazur
Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12
Tuesdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm
March 8 – June 7 (No program Mar 15, Apr 26, and May 24 for Discovery Days, no class April 19 for April Vacation Week)
Tier A: $732 Tier B:$586 Tier C:$439 Tier D:$293
Limited to 12 participants

In this evolving weekly homeschool class, we will become biologists, learning more about the life all around us. We will explore life in all sorts of ways – from using a microscope, to venturing into different habitats. We will discover what is underfoot, in the water, or growing right before our eyes. With games, experiments, special guests, home projects and field trips we will have close encounters with different types of living creatures and learn how they survive and thrive. Non-refundable within a week of the start of the program; all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Discovery Days

Abundance and Gratitude Discovery Day

With Monya Relles
November 23, 10am-2pm
Ages 6-12, Grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$76 | Tier B:$61 | Tier C:$46 | Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participants

What does it mean to have an abundance of something? What would happen if we had an abundance of food, water, or energy and we could share everything at will? What kind of societies did and still do operate with abundance economies? In this class we will explore the answers to these questions with hands-on activities, games, and nature exploration.

 

Owl-Ology

With Monya Relles
January 11, 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1st – 6th
Tier A:$76 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$46 Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participants

Who, who, who will we be studying this discovery day? Owls! We will learn all about owl, play owl games, practice our owl calls and even dissect some pellets. Get your silent wings on and fly on over!

We All Depend On Trees

With Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-12, Grades 1 – 6
January 25, 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1st – 6th
Tier A:$76 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$46 Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participant

Trees are all around us, but what do we actually know about them? Join us as we meet some trees, and find out what they offer to us and what we can learn from them.

Animal Detectives: Uncovering Animal Tracks & Signs

With Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-12, Grades 1 – 6
February 8, 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1st – 6th
Tier A:$76 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$46 Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participant

Today you will become an animal detective! Together we’ll identify tracks, read signs, and study scat as we learn what these fascinating clues can tell us about the animals in our own backyards!

Seeing double: Biomimicry

With Monya Relles
March 15, 10am-2pm
Ages 6-12, Grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$76 | Tier B:$61 | Tier C:$46 | Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participants

How can we learn from the living things around us? We will be practicing building like animals, moving like animals, and even learning like animals on this day full of games, buildings, and fun! 

Building Pollinator Gardens

With Monya Relles
April 26, 10am-2pm
Ages 6-12, Grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$76 | Tier B:$61 | Tier C:$46 | Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participants

Come work with us on our pollinator gardens as we think, learn and play about pollinators. We’ll plant flowers, play in the garden, and hopefully enjoy the warm spring weather.

Wild About Weather

With Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-12, Grades 1 – 6
May 24, 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1st – 6th
Tier A:$76 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$46 Tier D:$30
Limited to 12 participant

Whether you have your head in the clouds, or enjoy singing in the rain, we will have a fun filled day learning about weather.

 

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.

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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