After-school Programs

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:



5 days/week

3 days/week

2 days/week

 1 day/week


Earthplace Member Rate











Non-Member Rate










To register for this program please login and complete the online event registration. We also require a completed Student Record FormThe Earthplace After-school Childcare Registration Form and Health Form and email them to, or fax it Attn:Amee Borys to 203 227 8909. You may also return them in person or by mail to Earthplace, Attn: Amee Borys, 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06880. 

 Preschool Adventures

After school nature program designed for preschoolers. Preregistration is required. 3:00-4:00pm
$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.

Pond - April 3, 10, 24
Now that all the snow has melted we can explore all the pond’s exciting secrets. A pond is so much more than just water and tur- tles. We’ll discover frogs, tadpoles, insects and so many other great new things.
Insects - May 1, 8, 15
Ever wonder what makes an insect an insect? We’ll explore the answer to this and more as we discover different types of insects, visit some of the Animal Hall insects and see what kind of insects we can find living outside.

 Click here to register!

 After-school Adventures 

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. 
                   April 2 - Magnetism
                   May 7 - Aerodynamics and Flight 

Nature Fun - Nature enthusiasts will love learning about animals, plants, ponds and more.
                      April 9 - Weather 
                      May 14 - Flowers 

Trail Walk - Walk the Earthplace trails to see all that nature has to offer in our 62-acre wildlife sanctuary. 
                    April 23 - Color Scavenger Hunt 
                    May 21 - Trail Games 

Animal Encounter - Get up close and personal with the animals at Earthplace. 
                                April 30 - Animal Life Cycles 
                                May 28 - Invertebrates 

Click here to register!

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

All Stars - April 1, 8, 22, 29
Students who have participated in at least one Animal Tech class can come spend more time with their favorite animals.
Pond Study - May 6, 13, 20, 27
This class gets us outside to enjoy the warm weather and learn all about the animals who call our pond home.

Click here to register!

Junior Staff 

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):  April 5, 12; May 10, 17

JS Seniors (grades 9-12):  April 5, 26; May 3, 17

Click here for the Application Form
If you have any other questions please email Becky Newman

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, January 2 - May 29, 4:00 - 5:00pm           

     *The club will not meet during Westport school holidays and vacations*
Click here to register!