Last year we offered our first "ECO Explorers" program which accommodated children in K-3rd grade. We fully anticipated that some adjustments would need to be made and as a result we are adjusting the grade levels for our "ECO Explorers" program next year. We will be adding an "ECO Pathfinders" program which will be for Preschool-K/1st grade and our NEW "ECO Explorers" program will now cover 1st-5th grade.
ECO Explorers Trial Class - Cost $7 Per Family
If you are interested in your child joining the ECO program in the fall, we highly recommend attending this trial class. We will run the trial class just like a typical ECO day, however we ask that parents stay close by so you can also see how a typical day looks (our semester/yearly program will have a drop off option). You may bring older or younger siblings, just know this class will be geared towards 1st-5th grade. We will bring some activities to occupy younger siblings.
For this class students will be learning about the "unlovables" and the misconceptions or perceptions they and others may have about certain animal species. Through hands on activities and discussions students will learn about a variety of animals that they and others may find incredibly difficult to love. Maybe it is the way they look or how they behave. Maybe it is just misconceptions. Whatever the reason, many people don't like them. Students will learn the natural history of several animals in an effort to dispel myths and misunderstandings about them.
Please allow about 4 hrs for this class. There will be a lunch break.
*There is a Google doc form in the calendar event details section that must be submitted, along with your payment to finalize your registration.
August 19th - ECO Explorers Trial Class 1st-5th Grade -The Unlovables
Our Explorers Program will be geared towards children who are in 1st-5th Grade (approximate ages 7-11 yrs old). This program is drop off, however exceptions can be made based on your child(rens) needs.
If your child is 7 yrs old and/or in 1st grade we are trusting parents to decide which program option is best for their child based on their child's abilities and social development. Children who are not emergent readers should enroll in our Pathfinders Program.
There are only 10 openings for this program!
Full year payment option: $270 for the year / Sibling discount $250 ($20 discount)
*A $36 discount and t-shirt are included if you choose to pay for the year.
½ semester payment option: $136 Fall, $170 Spring / Sibling discount $126 Fall, $160 Spring
*T-shirt is an extra fee.
We will meet every other Tuesday from 10 am -2 pm for 18 weeks. Due to Fall, Winter and Spring breaks there are 2 classes that will meet on a Friday, Oct. 9th and Mar. 5th. You can view the calendar here.
Each class will follow a similar format:
10 am - Nature Journaling
10:15 am - Learning Activity
11 am - Animal and/or Scientist Highlight
11:30 am Lunch and Exploratory Play
12 pm - Citizen Science and/or Hike
12:45 pm - Art/Craft Project and/or Historical Highlight
1:15 pm - Exploratory Play
2 pm - Class Ends
Each semester we will focus on a different topic. You can view the class syllabus here.
2020-2021 class topics:
Fall - Invasive Species
Spring - Herpetofauna
Mrs. Kathy and Mrs. Brandi will be the ECO Steward's for this program. You can learn more about them here.
This program is now FULL and registration is closed. Please complete the waitlist form below to be alerted about any make future openings (it is possible we may have openings in the Spring) or the addition of a 2nd program for this age group.
We will be offering drop in classes throughout the year if you don't make it into the yearly program.