After School Programs

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We offer hands-on activities after school through established after school programs and in conjunction with school organizations. These activities may be linked to school curricula or can focus on learning skills that are not taught in traditional classrooms. Classes are tailored to fit your specific education and recreation goals. They may target a specific age/grade level or be geared to be enjoyed by a multi-age group. Programs adjust to your schedule and needs, and can range in length from 45 minutes to a half-day for one-time classes as well as for ongoing classes that span multiple days/months.

Outdoor education, all seasons

  • primitive skills
  • making cordage
  • knots and lashing, outdoor furniture, and shelters
  • map and compass work, orienteering
  • fire-building with natural materials
  • outdoor cooking

Music

  • songwriting
  • making instruments
  • traditional song and dance
  • river dance

openfields_1Creative and natural arts

  • fiber arts
    • carding sheep wool and alpaca fiber
    • spinning
    • needle and wet felting
    • weaving
    • sewing
    • crocheting and knitting
  • paper arts
    • paper making
    • collage work
    • pop-ups
    • book-making
    • art books
    • printing
  • puppetry
    • large papier-mache festival puppets
    • shadow puppets
    • simple marionettes
    • hand puppets
  • papier mache
  • candle-making
  • pottery
  • recycled arts
  • gnomes and gnome homes
  • making games and game boards
  • creating short plays, simple settings, and props

Storytelling

  • Creative writing
  • Native American culture
  • Poetry

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  • Kayaking instruction
    • gentle water kayaking
    • introductory and advanced skills
    • personalized attention to suit your ability levels and learning goals
    • local waterways or travel to your location
  • Cross-country skiing
    • classic and skate-skiing
    • bring your skis or use ours
  • Environmental games
  • Hiking

Historical Forensics

(local and living history of our environment and the people who lived along the Connecticut River)

  • Hands-on history simulation focusing on daily life in 19th century New England
  • Investigation of 19th century tools and other innovations
  • Media Literacy Then and Now (deconstructing 19th century and modern day advertisements)
  • Trade and Transportation in pre-industrial New England
  • History:

Don’t see an activity listed you would like to try? Let us know. Our guides and educators have a wide range of skills to share. Please call to check availability.

To schedule and plan a place-based outdoor education/recreation program or for more information about the programs we offer, please call 802-333-3549 or email us.