Girl in nature art

Wildheart Wednesday After School Program

1st-3rd Grade
Transportation Provided from Amnity Creek Elementary School

Children from other schools are welcome but transportation is not provided

Wildheart Wednesday After School Program offers children the opportunity to connect with the wonders of the natural world on a weekly basis.

Children Will:

  • Embark on a transformative journey, fostering a profound kinship with nature.
  • Uncover the secrets of local flora, fauna, and Central Oregon’s diverse ecosystems, deepening their understanding and appreciation of nature.
  • Engage in immersive outdoor experiences to actively connect with and explore the natural world.
  • Cultivate essential interpersonal skills while forging new friendships with like-minded peers.
  • Sharpen their focus and resilience through nature-based activities, preparing them to thrive in the face of challenges.
  • Develop tools and strategies to navigate and overcome obstacles, fostering personal growth and well-being.
  • Experience a nurturing environment that allows young minds to flourish and explore their full potential.
  • Benefit from a holistic approach to well-being, promoting positive growth and a balanced lifestyle.
Camouflaged kids at Wildheart Nature School
Kid in shelter

Program Description:

The Wildheart Wednesday After School Program is designed to be fun, easy-going, and the perfect mid-week energy boost for children. It invites them on a nature-filled journey that ignites their wild spirits and fosters connections with the natural world. Each session revolves around a unique theme, ensuring a diverse range of experiences through hands-on activities and games.

The program starts by cultivating a sense of togetherness through team-building exercises, creating a supportive and inclusive environment for all participants. It then delves into the secrets of plant potions, unlocking the wonders of nature and teaching children about the medicinal and magical properties of different plants. Children will have the opportunity to sharpen their detective skills through animal tracking, learning how to observe and interpret signs left by wildlife. Sensory awareness day heightens their senses, encouraging them to engage with their surroundings in a more immersive way. Exhilarating games of strategy, like “Capture the Flag,” provide a thrilling challenge that promotes critical thinking and decision-making while fostering friendly competition among the participants. Exploring the marvels of cattails and celebrating the cycle of seasons deepens their admiration for nature’s intricacies and instills a sense of wonder.

The program also offers ample opportunities for creative expression. Children can embody animals in skits, tapping into their imaginative side and gaining a deeper understanding of various species. Channeling their inner raptor allows them to practice keen observation and learn from the behaviors of birds of prey. Drawing imaginary forests and creating Earth mandalas celebrate the interconnectedness of all living things, fostering a sense of unity and appreciation for the natural world. As the program draws to a close, storytelling sessions and an end-of-term celebration mark the culmination of the children’s transformative journey. They will have embarked on an exploration of nature, formed meaningful connections with their peers, and discovered the wild hearts within themselves.

Please note that Wildheart Nature School does not provide transportation for this program. Caretakers are responsible for dropping off and picking up the participants.

Wildheart Wednesday Winter/Spring 2024 Schedule: 

Program currently open for registration and prorated on our Registration System to account for the fact that the term has started

Juniper Jungle Learning Farm Grades 1-3

Tuition:
$997 + $175 Optional Amnity Creek Transportation Fee

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2024 – Wednesday, June 5th, 2024
Excluding February 21st for Teacher Development, March 27th SpringBreak, and April 10th No School Day for Public Schools

Drop Off and Pick Up:
If the Amnity Creek pick up session option is purchased for an additional $175, we will pick up kids from Amnity Creek Elementary School in our Wildheart Van at 1pm and drive them to Juniper Jungle Learning Farm. Parents will pick up kids from Juniper Jungle Learning Farm.
Drop-Off Window for families not coming from Amnity Creek: 1pm-1:15pm
Pick-Up Window: 5pm-5:15pm

Themes Include:

January 3rd
“Unity Forge”

January 10th
“Shadow Trackers”

January 17th
“Ice Dragon’s Tale”

January 24th
“Elder Elixer”

January 31st
“Arctic Architects”

February 7th
“Huntmasters”

February 14th
“Building Our Dream Community”

February 21st
No Class: Teacher Development

February 28th
“Nature’s Canvas”

March 6th
“Talbott’s Quest”

March 13th
“Wild Watch”

March 20th
“Flag Frenzy”

March 27th
Spring Break: No Class

April 3rd
“Blindfold Investigation”

April 10th
No Class

April 17th
“Natural Twine”

April 24th
“Otter Steals Fish”

May 1st
“Faerie Ring”

May 8th
“Mindfulness”

May 15th
“Herbal Academy”

May 22nd
“Griffin’s Myth”

May 29th
“Realm Seekers”

June 5th
“End of Term Celebration”

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