The same fun, hands-on, outdoor learning activities provided to our Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP) partner schools are also available to everyone in our after school programs! From nature hikes to recycled art, animal studies to science experiments, these programs keep kids engaged and entertained in their after school hours.
Mondays and Tuesdays: 4 - 5:30 pm
Ages 5 years and up
$10 ($15 for non-members) per two-month session, scholarships available
Participants in our Nature Rangers program sign up for a two month period - that's eight individual sessions - on either Mondays or Tuesdays. Educators will prepare fun and educational lesson plans for each week based on the Next Generation Science Standards to help reinforce the kids’ science education in their schools.
Nature Ranger activities will encourage exploration and inquiry through hikes, games, experiments, crafts, and more! Of course the curriculum will still be flexible for some brisk sledding after an awesome snowfall or jumping in a leaf pile on a perfect fall day.
Young Scientist Club
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 4 - 6 pm | Saturdays: 1 - 4 pm
Ages 7 - 12 years old
Our Washington Park Young Scientist Club offers students a variety of drop-in educational adventures! Kids can learn to garden and prepare their harvest, construct nature-based arts and crafts, create self-guided research projects, and enjoy the outdoors. And all along the way they'll be encouraged to get engaged, ask questions, and discover the answers.
With the varied landscape of Washington Park and the occasional off-site field trip as their backdrop, there's plenty to explore and lots to experience.
Young Scientist Club
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4 - 6 pm | Saturdays: 1 - 4 pm
Ages 5 - 12 years old
Our Young Scientist Club in the Menomonee Valley will learn about the animals in the Center's native critter collection, investigate science through fun interactive lessons, explore the outdoors, and more with the adjacent Three Bridges Park as our outdoor classroom
Wednesdays: 4 - 5:30 pm
Ages 12 and under
Free, donations appreciated
Calling all Picassos! Children will learn how to tap into their creativity and express themselves artistically using a variety of natural and recycled materials. See how they were inspired when they bring their creations home!
The Urban Ecology Center offers customized after school programming for Community Learning Centers, scouting programs, youth groups, and schools. Active, fun, hands-on science and nature education is integral to each outing, and transportation is included.
To set up an after-school program at one of our branches contact:
Lesley Sheridan, Community Program Coordinator
Erick Anderson, Community Program Coordinator
Lainet Garcia-Rivera, Community Program Coordinator