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After-School Programs

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.

Read on to learn more about the regular programs scheduled at our Riverside Park, Washington Park, and Menomonee Valley branches, as well as customizable programs for groups.

Take a quick look at our after-school program in the Menomonee Valley!


Riverside Park

Nature Rangers

Wednesdays: 4 - 5:30 pm
Ages 5-10 years
Program Cost: $28 | Price Break: $18 / per month session.

Participants in our Nature Rangers program sign up for a month period - on Wednesdays. 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.

Sign up for our upcoming offering of Nature Rangers!


Washington Park

Young Scientist Club

Tuesdays &Thursdays: 4:00 - 6:00 pm | Saturdays: noon - 2 pm

Ages 5 - 12 years old
$15 annually

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.

See the Washington Park schedule!


Menomonee Valley

Valley Explorers

Wednesdays: 4:00 - 5:30 pm | Saturdays: 11am - 12:15 pm
Ages 5 - 12 years old

Program Cost: $12 | Price Break: $10 / per month session.

Join us in Menomonee Valley for an after-school program that is filled with educational adventures! Kids will build nature-based arts and crafts, create self-guided research projects, and find new ways to engage in nature play- and so much more! Throughout this program, the kids will be encouraged to be engaged, ask questions, and discover new things along the way. 

See the Valley Explorers schedule and register today!


Request a Custom After School Program:

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:

(414) 964-8505 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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