After-school Childcare for Elementary School Children
We are excited to announce our new Earthplace After-school Childcare Program.
With 62 acres of open space, 30 live animals, and an interactive natural history museum at Earthplace this new program offers an unparalleled opportunity for students in grades K-5 to learn, play, and explore. The program provides high quality childcare for working families, Monday through Friday, 3:00pm to 6:00pm.
Each afternoon begins with supervised homework time followed by a variety of unique enrichment activities including science classes, animal programs, nature walks, visits to the Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit and free-play time on the newly renovated playground. All children who attend on Wednesdays are automatically included in the After-school Adventure Program.
The Earthplace After-school Childcare Program provides a bridge between school and home that will connect students with nature in a meaningful way. Evidence shows that this helps children develop responsibility, self-confidence and respect for nature and the environment.
The program is open to all students, grades K-5 in Westport and surrounding towns. Transportation from Saugatuck School and King’s Highway School will be provided by the Westport Transit District’s Afterschool Shuttle Bus. Students who opt to ride the bus from these schools will be accompanied by Earthplace staff.
Scheduling Options: Students can enjoy the program on a Five, Three, Two or One day set schedule.
Annual tuition is accepted in monthly installments. Monthly fees are as follows:
Earthplace Member Rate
To register for this program please complete Student Record Form, The Earthplace After-school Childcare Registration Form and Health Form and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 203 227 8909. You may also return them in person or by mail to Earthplace, Attn: Sara, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06880.
After school nature program designed for preschoolers. Preregistration is required. 3:15-4:15pm
$36/month for members, $48/month for non-members. Children who attend the Earthplace Nursery School Extended Day Program on Thursdays, are automatically included in this program.
Animals in Winter January 9, 16, 23 - Some animals sleep during winter, some go somewhere warm and others like to stay active all season long. We will learn about different animals and how they survive in winter.
February 6, 13, 27 Plants - Why do some trees still have their leaves in winter? What do plants need to grow? We’ll answer these questions and more as we dissect seeds, plant them and see if they sprout.
March 6, 13, 20 Signs of spring - With spring around the corner, it’s the perfect time to explore the season change. We’ll discover spring blooming on our trail walks and learn about vernal pools and why they form.
After school nature program for children ages 5-10. Preregistration is required. Most Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00pm
$12/day for members, $16/day for non-members
Children attending the 3:00-6:00pm After-school program are automatically included in these classes.
Science Fun - Your little scientists will perform experiments to learn about gravity, energy, force and so much more. They'll have a great time developing a life-long passion for the sciences.
January 8 Boiling, freezing and melting points
February 5 Electricity
March 5 Pressure
Nature Fun - Nature enthusiasts will love learning about animals, plants, ponds and more.
January 15 Moon phases
February 12 Rocks
March 12 Vernal pools
Trail Walk - Walk the Earthplace trails to see all that nature has to offer in our 62-acre wildlife sanctuary.
January 22 Animal tracks
February 26 Trees
March 19 Signs of spring
Animal Encounter - Get up close and personal with the animals at Earthplace.
January 29 Food chains
March 26 Insectivores
Animal Tech Teen Programs
Animal Tech students will learn about the Earthplace resident animals and how to care for them. Through investigation, hands-on practice and instruction from Earthplace staff students will learn how to feed, clean, groom and handle our animals. During our last meeting, students will present the animals to friends, family and fellow Animal Tech students.
For students ages 10-14, preregistration is required. Most Tuesdays, 3:45-5:00pm
$108/month for members, $144/month for non-members
January 7, 14, 21, 28 Reptiles
February 4, 11, 25 Feeding Frenzy *There will be no presentation this month, and the fee will be prorated.
March 4, 11, 18, 25 Mammals
In this positive youth development program Junior Staffers enjoy an enhanced educational experience working with naturalists and scientists. As a supplement to the school science curriculum, the Junior Staff program provides a solid base in the natural sciences through interactive classroom learning and hands-on experimentation. Support of the Earthplace mission through on-site community service projects is also a significant part of the Junior Staff experience.
Participation in the Junior Staff program is dependent upon an application and interview process. Once accepted, Junior Staffers meet two Saturdays a month from September through May, 10:00am-2:00pm.
The program is $500 per semester.
JS Juniors (grades 6-8): September 14, 21; October 19, 26; November 9, 16; December 14, 21
JS Seniors (grades 9-12): September 7, 21; October 5, 26; November 2, 16; December 7, 21
Teen Volunteer Club
Students in this program will have the opportunity to complete meaningful community service work while learning the skills of a Naturalist or Animal Care Technician. Projects will include caring for Earthplace animals, preparing for special events, exhibit design and installation, gardening and light trail maintenance.
For students ages 12-17. Preregistration is required.
$60 for members, $75 for non-members
Thursdays, September 12-December 19, 4:00-5:00pm
*The club will not meet on October 10 or during Westport school holidays and vacations*
Click here to register!