Environmental Charter School Aftercare
with Venture Outdoors
Guarantee your kids get time to learn outdoors each week.
Venture Outdoors partners with schools throughout the region to provide enriching outdoor activities. We partnered with the Environmental Charter School (ECS) since 2021 to offer daily aftercare for students that provides a fun, relaxed opportunity for kids to continue the learning outdoors.
The aftercare program is for 3rd-5th graders at ECS Intermediate and will include environmental, educational and recreational outdoor activities! Outdoor play, geocaching, hiking, snowshoeing, fishing skills, crafts, creek exploration, trail games, half-day adventures and more. Venture Outdoors believes in connecting youth to nature throughout all four seasons to build social emotional learning skills, improve overall mental and physical wellbeing, and have fun.
How much does this program cost?
- 5 Day Care Option: $365/month
- 3 Day MWF Part-Time Option: $195/month
- 3 Day TWR Part-Time Option: $225/month
If you choose one of the part-time (3 day) care options, your child is ONLY allowed to participate during the days in which you selected (either Mon-Wed-Fri OR Tues-Wed-Thurs). Your child CANNOT join the program on days that they are not signed up for.
With about 185 aftercare days per school year, the cost comes out to just under $20/day.
Payment is made through a subscription that is automatically charged to your credit card monthly through our system.
Why is the MWF part-time option cheaper than the TWR part-time option?
Great question! Did you ever notice that so many holidays fall on a Monday? That is apparent in the school calendar. ECS also has a number of half-days on Fridays during the year. We’ve taken into account how many actual care days would be accounted for in each part-time scenario and students who only attend MWF attend for less days than those who may attend TWR. We want the prices to reflect that.
What is the cancellation policy?
We ask that you notify Venture Outdoors two weeks prior to your child’s departure from the program. You will be responsible for paying for two weeks of care from the date written notification was received.
Are any scholarships available?
Scholarships may be available. Please contact Lo@ventureoutdoors.org to learn more.
Will I be able to switch which days of the week I sign my child up for?
If you select one of the part-time care options, you will not be able to switch which days of the week your child attends. For example, if you register your child for the 3-day Tues/Wed/Thurs option, your child can ONLY attend afterschool during those three days of the week. This is required due to staffing and ratio requirements.
What are the program times?
Students report to the program immediately after dismissal at the end of the school day. Pick up time is between 5:00 – 6:00pm.
What is the snack situation?
Students will be provided with a snack every day but are also welcome and encouraged to bring their own snacks to eat throughout the program time. Reminder: ECS is a nut-free campus.
Will you provide half day care?
Five select half day care programs will be included in your registration fee at no additional cost – these half day programs are offered for ALL students who are enrolled in the program, even if they are enrolled in the part-time TWR option… we want ALL the kids to experience the fun!
These half day aftercare programs will have the same dismissal time as a regular day (between 5:00 – 6:00p). We will request a sign up from parents in advance so we know how many children will attend. We will need a minimum of 8 students to run half day care on these days.
Stay tuned for which five days will be the special half day adventures.
Does my child have to attend ECS?
Yes, your child must be enrolled at ECS in order to participate in this program.
Do you offer drop-in care if I’m not enrolled in the Venture Outdoors aftercare program?
No, your child must be enrolled in the program.
What sorts of activities will my child participate in?
Lots and lots of environmental, educational and recreational outdoor activities!
- Fishing and kayaking skills
- Creek exploration
- Trail games
- Outdoor play
- STEM experiments
Is there a late pick up fee?
The pick-up window will be from 5:00 – 6:00pm. You will be charged $1.00 per minute per child beginning at 6:01pm.
Is there a deposit?
There is a one-time $20 nonrefundable deposit during the registration process at check out.
Contact Sara at SMiddleton@ventureoutdoors.org if you still have questions.