EARTH EXPLORERS AfterSchool Program

KEEN’s Earth Explorers envisions a generation of bold explorers with meaningful connections to self, community, and the natural world.

 

With the increase in electronic influences on our children’s lives, KEEN’s Earth Explorers believes in letting kids be kids, outdoors.

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KEEN is offering Wednesday early release nature immersion program for K-5 students in Ellensburg. 

 

Program times are early release Wednesdays until 5:30pm pick up AND the 9 extra early release days scheduled for teacher conferences throughout the year. Transportation is a walking schoolbus for Ida Mason, site pick up for Mt Stuart, and parent/guardian transport for other schools (busses will not arrive in time for students to benefit from an afterschool program).

 

Our program is held at Mt. Stuart School in a portable and outdoors in the natural area. We must have a minimum of 16 students registered for the entire school year in order to operate the program. 

 

Tuition: (tuition is annualized and cost is lower if paid in one lump sum)

Wednesdays Only

  • 2022-2023 School Year Tuition for Wednesdays only - $1,410 ($30/day) - tuition is due upon registration

  • Wednesdays only Paid Quarterly - Fall $665;  Winter $560;  Spring $420 ($35/day) - tuition is due at the beginning of each quarter and automatically paid through ACH

 

Students must be prepared with proper clothing for the weather. 

 

Bussing must be arranged by parents with schools directly. Students at Mt. Stuart can be met by teachers on site and students from Ida Mason can participate in the walking school bus. Parent drop off is also welcome.

A minimum of 16 children must be registered to operate this program

KEEN’s Earth Explorers envisions a generation of bold explorers with meaningful connections to self, community, and the natural world. With the increasingly electronic influences on our children’s lives, KEEN’s Earth Explorers believes in letting kids be kids, outdoors.

Location and Facilities

KEEN’s Earth Explorers afterschool programs are located at the Mt. Stuart Elementary School natural area. We are primarily an outdoor program with access to a portable for indoor activities. Program attendees should be prepared for all types of weather. 

Our Program Goals

i.    Place-Based: A place-based program promotes healthy development in a stimulating learning environment. Earth Explorers highlights outdoor learning and has access to a portable indoor area for inclement weather.
ii.    Learner-led: Allowing children to take the lead fosters their fascination of the world around them and free play opportunities inspire their creativity.
iii.    Risk-taking: Encouraging children to take appropriate risks provides real world examples to learn risk assessment and self-regulation.
iv.    Social Interaction: Developing healthy social skills and peer-group relations encourages improved communication and problem-solving skills.
v.    Environmental Responsibility: Nurturing a connection to the natural world enhances an understanding of our children’s role as environmental stewards in their local community and their greater natural areas.

KEEN’s Earth Explorers program – Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is KEEN’s Earth Explorers program? Earth Explorers is a supplemental outdoor program designed to unplug children from their screens and reboot their curiosity with the natural world. Earth Explorers is a part-time enrichment program.

  2. Earth Explorers program is not designed to replace traditional classroom time. Earth Explorers is not a charter school or childcare center.

  3. Does our program replace traditional classroom time? No, Earth Explorers is not a full-time school program.

  4. Will we have scholarships available? Currently, KEEN does not have any scholarships available. However, we encourage you to reach out to HopeSource, as they provide funding for many community programs.

  5. What will my child learn in your program? Earth Explorers promotes a child’s natural inquisitiveness for the world around them by providing a safe environment to explore and learn. We will be integrating grade-appropriate Washington Learning Standards into the program, including but not limited to mathematics, science, environmental science, and art. Each grade level will have a learning goal to reach at the end of every quarter.

  6. What will you teaching style be? Nature-based education allows the outdoor environment to be the teacher, permitting a child’s curiosity to allow them opportunities to learn and make connections themselves. Our educators focus on safely guiding children along this path, encouraging their natural process of deduction and questioning to lead the way.

  7. Will you have bathrooms on site? Yes!

  8. What about handwashing? Our bathroom facilities are equipped with handwashing stations. We also use child-safe hand sanitizer when moving around the natural area.

  9. Will programming be affected by the weather? Nope! Children are resilient and can flourish in any weather scenario. We have access to a portable near the nature area at Mt. Stuart school but kids still need to come prepared with clothing appropriate to the weather. 

  10. What is your cancellation policy? Our hiring, programming, and planning all depend upon tuition dollars. Tuition is non-refundable. No refunds are available once the program begins. We appreciate the understanding. 

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