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After School Program

When:

Raven Rangers- 3:30 to 5:30 PM weekdays after school (RSU5 school district)

Owl Prowlers- 9 AM to 5 PM Outdoor experience for ages 3 to 12 offered during school snow days, professional learning days, and school vacation weeks (RUS5 school district).  Please see calendar for specific days.  

Location: The Forest at 79 Beech Hill Road, Freeport and occasional trips to other local places with advanced notice

Transportation: 15 passenger van will pick up Pownal students at school (3:15 PM) and Freeport students at the intersection of Beech Hill Road and Durham Road (3:35 PM)

Teachers: Marisa Tobey (see qualifications under teacher tab) & TBD

Class size: up to 16 children with 2 teachers

Price: $20 per day

Program Description: Each child is unique as is each group so curriculum planning and structure will not be a focus.  Teachers will guide children to an interesting outdoor location where each child or group can use their imagination to design their own experience.  Teachers will provide safety guidelines and optional activities if group interest seems to need some direction.

What to bring: Children will need a water bottle. Water will be available for refills. Pack extra snacks for the afternoon but there will be fresh fruit (such as apples or bananas) or campfire snacks available as well.  Children will need weather proof clothing and a change of clothes available.  It is a good idea to have layers available for cold days and rain pants, boots and jacket for wet days. 

 

Sample Activities:

September

  • Harvest crab apples to make apple sauce on an outdoor campfire
  • Dissect sunflowers and eat them or feed the animals
  • Build a geodesic dome from wood found in the forest- knot tying and tool safety
  • Whittle a walking stick and decorate it

October

  • Leaf art- stringing, pressing, dyeing, crayon rubbing, pigment experiments, mandalas                                                 
  • Pumpkin dissections and Fall garden harvest
  • Edible plants of Maine forests and fields
  • Create a spooky trail walk

November

  • Animal tracking with head lamps
  • Flashlight tag and campfire songs/snacks
  • Drum and flute circle/make your own instruments from natural things
  • Night walks with headlamps and light/dark/glow experiments

December

  • Animal tracking- identify foot prints, scat, nests, etc.
  • Map and compass games
  • Hanging in hammocks forest bathing
  • Constellation mapping with stories and ice globe lanterns

January

  • Ice sculpting- colored ice garland, sun catchers and animal treats
  • Sledding and snow fort building
  • Life size maze building
  • Owl calling- creep into the woods and attract owls using recordings

February

  • Rope bridge building- knot tying
  • Whittle your own magic wand or forest creature
  • Snow painting and tree art
  • Hibernation experiments and den building with snow

March

  • Whittle a bow and arrow
  • Make charcoal drawing pencils in the campfire
  •  Build a camp chair, bench or swing
  •  Create a bug hotel

April

  • Build a mud kitchen and create potions with nature
  • Spring bird watching and identification with binoculars and bird songs/calls
  • Build a volcano and make an animal track cast
  • Annual bunny hunt and eggsperiments

May

  • Water/mud play in streams and puddles
  • Pond and vernal pool scooping with nets and microscope
  • Garden prep and planting
  • Building and flying kites

June      

  • Caterpillar hunt and butterfly release
  • Ladybug metamorphosis- raise larvae and release as adults
  • Winslow Park and Cousin’s Island beach visits to study live horseshoe crabs