After-school Childcare for Elementary School Children
We are excited to announce that our new Earthplace After-school Childcare Program is launching September 30, 2013!
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.
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, or Two 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 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
September 12, 19, 26 - Animal Movement
We will observe different ways animals move and attempt to move like them. There will be animal encounters, games and crafts.
October 17, 24, 31 - Animal Sounds
We will learn how and why animals all sound different by exploring the various calls of birds and frogs. We will play animal sound charades.
November 7, 14, 21 - Animal Families
While all animals are different, some share common traits. We will explore distinct animal families and their similarities.
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
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.
September 4 Parachutes
October 2 Hot air balloons
November 6 Egg drop
December 11 Evergreens
Nature Fun - Nature enthusiasts will love learning about animals, plants, ponds and more.
September 11 Seed dispersion
October 16 Water quality
November 13 Soil
Trail Walk - Walk the Earthplace trails to see all that nature has to offer in our 62-acre wildlife sanctuary.
September 18 Insect hike
October 23 Fall changes
November 20 Animals
December 18 Animal signs
Animal Encounter - Get up close and personal with the animals at Earthplace.
September 25 Animal movement
October 30 Animal sounds
November 27 Animal adaptations
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
September 3, 10, 17, 24 General Animal Tech
October 1, 15, 22, 29 Mammals
November 5, 12, 19, 26 Birds
December 3, 10, 17 Amphibians
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!