Before & After School Care & Clubs

Artworks Studio - Eco Explorers - STEAM - Nature Nuts

Award Winning After School Eco Explorers Club

*Voted 1st Place for Best Afterschool Program 2016-2019 by the Severna Park Voice

Take a walk on the wild side with the Eco Explorers club--an adventurous alternative to the traditional afterschool program! Students will have the opportunity to interact with different animals, assist with animal care, develop their own projects, connect with nature, play games, occasionally go on field trips, and much more! Each day of after school will include homework help and snack time before students begin their afternoon activities. Every Eco Explorer will be then be assigned an animal care chore that they work on each day they are at Eco Adventures. Students also learn life skills that can ultimately assist them in their future goals. We even had our first after school alumni going to University of Maryland in the Fall! He became a Jr. Assistant, then a volunteer, and is now a staff member!

There will also be a weekly theme and activities that tie to each theme.

Mondays -Art on the Wildside! Each week we will start nature journaling as well as continuous art projects that involve nature and art and animals!

Tuesdays - Cool Science!  On top of animal fun, we will include some cool experiments that involve science and the arts in fun ways that may include STEaM.

Wed & Thurs -will offer a range of activities for all students, but it is a great day for aspiring Junior Assistants!We will spend time working on presentation skills, learning to present animals, "how to" chores needed for summer camps, work on ongoing projects such as gardening and eco planning, animal care, and special projects. the perfect days for students who want to focus on animal care and husbandry. They can feed animals, including feeding and playing with our new baby kinkajou! Help clean enclosures, take weights and measurements, walk, bathe and feed our 50 lb Sulcata tortoise, Max, & much more!

Fridays- a day of mixed up fun! Eco Explorers will get hands on with animals, participate in crafts or games, go on field trips, and most importantly - have fun!

* Activities subject to change. If registering for van pick up, please call us first to make sure our vans pick up at your school.

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Eco Explorers Policies

  • 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 scheduled for van pick up).
  • Sick Policy: 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 that does not work out you may get one pass to a Jungle Express. 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.
  • 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.

Full Steam Ahead

NEWS FLASH!!! Eco Adventures has done the impossible!!! They've made STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), super exciting and…wait for it…..kid friendly!! That's right kid friendly, meaning that kids simply cannot get enough of what we're offering. Drawing upon Eco Adventures' unique resources, special talents, and keen minds, our education team has created a dynamic, kid approved, set of STEAM activities that get kids excited! We know…because we've already run them by young inquiring minds, and they gave us two thumbs up. We're proud to be offering our Kid Approved STEAM activities in an all new after school Program. And, as always, Eco Adventures will bring it all together with fun, inquiry based, hands on learning, in a dynamic and high tech fashion. In each class, kids can interact with animals, create experiments, test theories, formulate questions, utilize gear and gadgets, incorporate artwork, and even devise creations. This is Eco Adventures at its best…it's STEAM…and most importantly it's KID APPROVED! This is a session you simply cannot miss!

$18/class

Themes

Surfing the (Food) Web

Not to be confused with a spider web, food webs are what makes the animal world go round. Some food webs are complex and some are simpler. But what exactly is a food web? Why are they important? What happens when food webs go wrong? Learn all of this and more in this STEAM class about the importance of animals from top predators to decomposers and how they affect the  health of the ecosystems. Try your hand at building your own food web to take home!

Build-A-Gator Workshop

Alligators might appear to be lizard-like things with a big mouth, but there’s so much more to them than what you can see from a distance. These animals are top predators and have been around since dinosaur times!  Dinos became extinct, yet these reptiles amazingly adapted to thrive in their watery habitats with features built in that would make any human swimmer jealous! Investigate the incredible adaptations of an alligator that make them both weird and wonderful, and make a teeny alligator of your own!

Changing Seasons

Every year, we cycle through seasons as our planet circles the sun. We turn on air conditioning when it gets hot out. We put on a coat when it’s cold. But what do animals do as the seasons change? What about trees and plants? Do all parts of the world experience the same seasons as we do in Maryland? Explore the different seasons from the animal and plant point of view, and participate in a chlorophyll experiment to look at how leaves change colors!

Going to Great Lengths

Why do giraffes have long necks? Why are anteaters’ tongues 2 feet long? How do reticulated pythons reach lengths of up to 30ft long? Why are some females longer than males and vice versa?  How do researcher estimate length in the wild? Meet some short and long animals and learn ways that researchers measure them in the wild8. We will investigate these questions and more as we use our skills of deduction to see how we measure up against some of the animal world’s most interesting creatures!

Animal Architects

Animal homes range from simple to extreme, from underground burrows to complex honeycombs. How do they make such amazing homes without classes in architecture??? Do animals go to school to learn how to do this??? Come be detectives to see what you can learn from these animal architects. Search for clues, answer questions, and try your hand at constructing your own animal habitat!

Nature Nuts After School Program

The Nature Nuts program brings the excitement and fun of the new Eco Adventures right to your school! Using a hands-on approach to learning, our goal is to empower students to take action on issues concerning conservation and the environment. Students will encounter a variety of live animals such as tarantulas, toads, lizards, giant roaches, snakes, crocodiles, frogs, small mammals, turtles, and much more! *This program counts towards the requirements for GREEN SCHOOL CERTIFICATION* Please write the dates on your calendar as there will not be weekly reminders. Remember to send in a note to your child's teacher and pack a peanut free snack/drink. Please email us if your child is going to be absent or if they are in SAAC. 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 that special needs students have adult supervision to assist. Failure to do so, may result in cancellation of registration as we are not special needs experts. Classes can be 4 weeks-6 weeks,once a week or once a month. One hour long up to 30 participants. Students sign up through our online registration system. School sends out a flyer. First come first serve on dates- so hurry and let us know!

$16/class

Themes

Session 1

Fear Factor

Are you willing to let a tarantula crawl up your shirt, or cockroaches scurry up your arm?  What about making a scorpion glow? Join us in this game of fear factor, where your bravery may even be rewarded with special prizes and exciting animal interactions. Come with your appetite, you might even get to eat a bug!

Disappearing Act

Where in the world are the endangered species? We  will put our heads together to figure out the Who, What, Where, and Why of our earth’s most endangered species. We will be work together to imagine our own endangered species protection plans and talk about what we can do to help!

The Great Outdoors

Nothing’s more refreshing than a hike through the woods! What animals do you see when you go? What signs do they leave behind? Come meet some amazing animals that live right here in Maryland, and be sure to look for them the next time you go camping!

Fantastic Fossil Frenzy

Buried in the ground are the bones and imprints of creatures that lived on this planet back in ancient times. Grab your shovels and brushes as you learn about animals that went extinct millions of years ago... and meet living animals that have been around since before the time of the dinosaurs!

Session 2

Built To Be Tough

In the wild, it’s handy to be tough to eat! Turtles aren’t the only animals with super hard exteriors to keep them safe from predators. Come meet other animals who are strong on the outside, but are really cool once you know them!

Animal Gymnastics

Do you love watching gymnastics at the Olympics? Seeing the flexibility and agility of humans is incredible, but there are plenty of animals that are even more awesome! Whether they can climb trees without arms or legs, tie themselves into knots, or use their tail as another arm, these animals have what it takes to go for the Gold!

Clever Girl(s and Boys)

Ever wondered how smart animals are? Some animals can be trained to do dozens of different behaviors on a cue, but what about animals that are crafty on their own? Learn about some of these clever critters, and pick up some basic animal training skills as you go!

Bugged By Bugs

Insects. Arachnids. What’s the difference? They all have weird numbers of legs anyway, right? But these crawling, flying, climbing, digging, hissing, metamorphosing, buzzing friends are found just about everywhere you go on the planet. Better know how to tell them apart and discover how amazing they are!

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Important Information

  • If you would like to sign up after the program has already begun, you will need to call our office to sign up at a pro-rated cost.
  • Please let us know when a child is absent and write dates on calendars as there are no reminders and no credits or refunds for missed classes.
  • Let us know if your child has SAAC/after school care or any other person pick up other than parent. Must sign out student and have photo ID.
  • Please pack a light snack
  • Let us know of any special needs.
  • For the safety of your children and our animals, repeated behavioral or not listening problems that hinder the quality of the program for others can result in child's registration cancellation without a refund. We will notify parents when there is a problem.
  • Please note themes will vary from school to school.