SLNC Afterschool Nature Classes

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4 weeks of classes for ages 5-14

Looking for a way to keep your children active and entertained after their school day? Need a way to add some extra activities into their Homeschool Curriculum? SLNC’s Afterschool Nature Classes aim to allow kids to socialize in a safe way while exploring the outdoors (and using that pent up energy that’s been building up all day!).  Each session lasts for 4 weeks.

The program is a drop-off program run by SLNC’s Environmental Educators.  We encourage parents to minimize interactions with the class in order to reduce distractions.  Parents are not required to stay on site, but are welcome to hike the trails on their own during this time.

**UPDATE: Effective Monday, 2/28/2022, masking in County buildings is optional for all employees and visitors regardless of vaccination status.**

Registration is closed.

Spring I: Afterschool Nature Classes 4:00-5:30 PM

During our Spring I series of our afterschool programs we will be focusing on Exciting Science Experiments. This 4-week series focuses on hands-on experiments that will teach a natural lesson. The first week we will be discussing solar energy. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the sun in new ways by flying a solar balloon and using a solar oven. Our second week will focus on water experiments. We will talk about how water striders walk on water and how oil spills can affect the habitat. During week three, we will discuss endothermic and exothermic reactions and get hands-on with a variety of reactions. Students will also learn how these chemical reactions happen everyday in nature. Did you know that photosynthesis is an endothermic reaction? Our final week of exciting science experiments will be the most active of the 4 weeks. We will discuss world record breaking insects and compare student capabilities with our own. This day is a great day as students will be running, jumping, and comparing their strengths to record breaking insects. I look forward to seeing your learner soon!

March 21st – Testing Solar Energy

March 28th – Water vs. Blubber and Other Wet Experiments

April 4th – Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

April 11th – Insects vs. People Field Day

Pricing for Spring I Series$60/member; $80/non-members

Refund Policy:

Cancellations more than 7 days before class will receive a 50% refund.  Cancellations less than 7 days before class will not receive a refund.  There are no refunds for no-shows.  If Silver Lake Nature Center cancels a full refund will be issued.

If you have any questions, please contact Summer Camp Director/ Environmental Educator, Patricia Nichols at