Award Winning After School Eco Explorers Club
*Voted 1st Place for Best Afterschool Program 2016 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!
Mondays & Wednesdays - 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! Also includes some cool experiments that involve science and the arts in fun ways.
Tuesdays - Training Tuesdays are specifically about enrichment for animals and animal training. Also includes some animal husbandry.
Thursdays - It's SHOWTIME! We will spend time working on animal presentation skills and special projects. Kids will pick a topic, develop, produce and present to Assisted Living Centers and parents. Creativity is a must!
Fridays- a day of mixed up fun! Eco Exploresrs will get hands on with animals, participate in crafts or games, go on field trips, work on ongoing projects such as gardening and eco planning, and most importantly - have fun!
*Wednesdays & Thursdays will offer a range of activities for all students, but it is a great day for aspiring Junior Assistants and Counselors in Training. Activities subject to change.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
- 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.