After School Program

Award Winning After School Eco Explorers Club

*Voted 1st Place for Best Afterschool Program 2016-2021 by the Severna Park Voice

                                  REGISTRATION OPEN NOW FOR 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Picking up at: Benfield Elem(3 spots left), South Shore Elem (4 spots left), Oakhill Elem (1 spot left),

                          Old Mill Middle, Severna Park Middle, (Open)     Possibly Shipley's Choice TBA

VAN SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED this year since all elementary schools let out at the same time, we only have a certain amount of vans/spaces that can go to the schools with the most kids enrolled. As a result, prices are reflected upon this, staffing, and changes in pick up times.

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                                        After School Program  (ages 5-+):

Pick up Elementary School:  2:35pm-6:00pm      Middle Schools: 3:55pm-6:00pm 

PRICE:  Payment is based per session of 10 weeks at a time

Session 1: 8/29-11/4 2022

M-F Van pick up:      $45 per day plus $20 extra for 2 hr early dismissal days  ($225 per week/$2015 )

Daily rate pick up:   $55 per day plus $25 extra for 2 hr early dismissal days 

*$100 non-refundable deposit required to hold space. MUST COMMIT TO WHOLE YEAR and sign agreement.

Drop-off rate:   $30 per class for drop off 3:30-5:30pm  (Early dismissal drop off is extra)

*Plus $25 yearly Sawyer registration fee   * When registering, you will see total prices

*Payment plans are available

*Sibling discount 5% off 

**If you want to enroll for JUST Early dismissal days:  1/2 day camps 12:30-6pm $60 drop off $70 pick up (inquire)

As part of our after school eco family, you also get certain ECO rewards:

*4 free passes to a Jungle Express

*$20 off discount for day camps throughout the year when school is out

***Must register through email in order to get the discount

*Priority registration for camps and other programs

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

*Amazing experiences and animal care chores with animals that develop responsibility and life skills!

Take a walk on the wild side with the Eco Explorers club-Now that kids need it more than ever--We offer socialization and hands-on fun! Students will have the opportunity to interact with different animals, assist with animal care, connect with nature, play games, do experiments, play in our fossil dig, and more! Students also learn life skills that can ultimately assist them in their future goals such as presentation skills, activities that build confidence, responsibility, and positive reinforcement. There will also be a weekly theme and activities that tie to each theme. 

Teen program:  Jr. Assistant/CITs.  Aspiring Counselor in Training (CITS) (ages 9+), Junior Assistants, (ages 11+) and Volunteers (ages 14+) Tues and Weds: 4:30-6pm

10 weeks per session

Drop off (4:30-6pm) price: $25 per day 

Van Pick up price: (3:55pm-6pm)$30 per day as this class is a pre-requisite. Feeding animals, including feeding animals such as: gators, lizards, tortoises, and hedgehogs, and more! Help clean enclosures, make enrichment toys, take weights and measurements and more! Prepare animal presentations for future events, camps, and Open Houses.

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Covid Updates and other policies:

*Masks are optional. We still have HEPA filters, extra ventillation and social distance whenever possible. This policy may change as the pandemic changes.

*No refunds, make-ups only, if your child misses 3 days- you can make-up for one day camp during the school year.

* Please pack a peanut-free snack daily

*Please call if your child is absent or being picked up by someone else. Must show ID.

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Sample Schedule: Camp-like activities
2:35-3:30 pm Arrive, homework assistance/ snack time /Assist with Chores/independent games/art/activities

3:30-5:00 pm outside/indoor game/themed activity/Animal care chores feedings

5:00-6:00 pm  Animal interactions, craft/experiment/fossil dig. (weather dependent)

*Note:  CIT's JA's have different activities from after school elementary kids

Eco Explorers Policies

  • Please note that some of our animals may eat peanuts and other varieties of nuts.
  • Please be on time to pick up your children. Parents will be subject to a late pick up fee after 5 minutes.
  • Do not bring any toys & electronics.
  • Notify us if your child will be absent (especially if your child is ill).
  • COVID POLICIES: See our summer camp policies. Sick Policy: Due to COVID- please keep your child home for any cold /flu like symptoms, fever, or stomach problems. Child must be symptom free for 24 hrs before coming back and/or a Dr. note. You may make up to 2 days of missed class anytime during the same session. You must give advance notice to make up class & it is dependent on availability. If there is a closing due to snow/weather you may make up the day. No refunds or credits.
  • Vacation Policy: You may make up to 2 consecutive days for miss vacation days. You must give advance notice to make up class & it is dependent on availability. No refunds or credits.
  • You may add on a day (a la carte). You must give us 2 days advance notice to do so & it is dependent on availability for that day.
  • Snow/Inclement Weather Policy: If Anne Arundel County Schools close, Eco Adventures is closed. If AACPS let out early, you are responsible for pick up. If AACPS cancels afterschool activities, Eco Adventures is still open unless we notify you otherwise.
  • Special Needs: We welcome special needs students to learn and thrive in our hands-on learning style at Eco Adventures. In order to maintain the quality of our programs and for your children's and animals' safety, we require parents notify us of special needs such as ADHD, autism, behavioral problems, physical or medical disabilities, or allergies) Failure to do so, may result in cancellation of registration without a refund if the child becomes disruptive or fails to follow program rules, safety rules, and policies. We are not special needs experts as stated in our camp policy form.
  • Payment plans must be paid in full before starting the next session. Must committ for the year.