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! 

Register for Session 3 Open 

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. 

Register for Session 3 Open


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

SESSION 3: Starry, starry snow!!!!

Tuesdays for 1st - 3rd Graders: January 9th, 16th, 30th, February 6th, 13th

Baby, it's cold outside!!  Warm and cozy and ready for wiggly fingers is a fiber arts experience of knitting and felting! Kiddos will learn knitting basics and finger knit an animal, as well as felting basics to transform wool into their very own set of juggling balls! Fiber arts offer a fun, social way to be creative while getting sensory input exploring textures and colors. 

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.  

Wednesdays for 4th - 6th Graders: January 10th, 17th, 31st, February 7th, 14th

Take finger play to a whole new level! Fiber arts teaches rhthmic movement, texture, and offers a chance for movement and sensory imput- all while being social and fun! Fiber arts for bigger kiddos teaches the skills necessary to make their own hats ready for winter play. Creativity takes on a whole new hands on approach transforming felt into juggling balls ready for play! 


Thursdays for 1st - 4th Graders: November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, December 7th

Winter is here and so is the amazing world of snow!  Exploration of winter ecology through fun activities like snowshoeing, tracking animals, snow science experiments, making traditional snow huts, exploring the stars and snow games! 

Special guest Will Crowley, WRI Youth Programs Manager has been involved in youth education for the last ten years. He has spent over three years working and volunteering in public schools around Washington, been involved with multiple summer camp programs, led seabird population surveys and classes, and produced science education music to be utilized by educators around the world. Outside of work he enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, playing music, and spending time with family and friends.



Upcoming Sessions 

Session 4      Growing like weeds: Weeks of February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, and March 26th
Session 5      Wild and wilderness ready: Weeks of April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th