After School Programs

After school exploration of nature through art and adventure! Small class size, high quality instruction, and a dedicated team to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere for development and making new friends! 
After School Programs meet in the E Lorene Young house behind the E Lorene Young Community Garden on 12th Street in Leavenworth. Drop off is at 3pm, transportation is available from PD and Osborn Schools, and pick up is at 5pm. Snack is provided. Have questions? email us

Program Overview- Register Below

1st - 3rd Grade Art: Ignite the imagination offering kids a fun, hands-on, creative outlet to explore the world of art and nature! Visual art in a variety of mediums and nature inspired themes is taught by amazing local artists. Clay, paints, prints and more inspire kids to get messy, think outside the box and have fun! 


4th - 6th Grade Art: Explore techniques for more advance artisits offering kids an indepth, hands-on, creative outlet to explore the world of art and nature! Visual art in a variety of mediums and nature inspired themes is taught by amazing local artists. Clay, paints, prints and more inspire kids to get messy, think outside the box and have fun! 


1st - 4th Grade Nature Trek is an epic adventure of discovering nature through creative outdoor play and experiential science education. Wenatchee RiveInstitute staff with the help of guest scientists will explore a different them each session spending time along the river and paths on our 9.5 acre campus, in the garden, and enjoying lots of hands on experiments and activities. 


Sessions are $90 for members, $113 for non- members | Classes capped at 10 - fill up quickly! 

SESSION 4: Growing like weeds: Weeks of February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, and March 26th

Tuesdays for 1st - 3rd Graders: February 27th, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th     This Class is Full. 

In this session students will use clay to tell a story.  They will learn the basic ceramic techniques of slab rolling, coil building, and sculpting to create tiles, a mask and a planter. We will explore various methods of surface decoration through textures and colors. 

Mijanou Fortney is a ceramic artist and teacher whose work is influenced by her love of nature and her experiences traveling the world. After she and her family landed in Leavenworth in 2012, Mijanou began her work at the pottery studio at Tierra Learning Center. In addition to creating her pottery there, she also teaches classes to artists of all ages and abilities. She sells her wares at the Leavenworth Farmer’s Market and various other retailers in town as well as on



Wednesdays for 4th - 6th Graders: February 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th    REGISTER HERE

Get your hands dirty and create your own masterpiece - carving, block printing and solar printing in ink to make amazing cards, pictures and more! 

Arist Heidi Bard has worked several Environmental Education schools over the past 20 years in California and Colorado and is passionate about getting kids in natures as much as possible. She earned  and has her MA in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and spent many years exploring public lands for potential wilderness deisgnation.  She now spends most of her time with her family. If they are not playing soccer, they are usually hiking or sking in the mountains. With every free moment, she tries to get her hands in the soil and grow as much food as possible.  

Thursdays for 1st - 4th Graders: March 1st, 8th, 15th 22nd and 29th      REGISTER HERE

Start preparing for spring! Indoor and outdoor garden adventures, river walks, and crafts for spring like bird feeders and rock art! 

Rachel Bishop received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Since graduating she has been working at a multitude of environmental education organizations across Washington state. Living on the eastside of the Cascades is new to Rachel and she is very excited to connect youth to this beautiful ecosystem. Outside of work you will find Rachel climbing, skiing, mountain biking, basking in the sunshine and/or relaxing with a book.

Session 5: Wild and wilderness ready: Weeks of April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th 

Tuesday artist: Amber Zimmerman
Wednesday artist: Mijanou Fortney
Thursday Naturalist: Rachel Bishop with special guests every week from local agencies including the USFS, and Fish and Wildlife.