Growing Outdoors at MATES!
Fall Trimester Registration is OPEN!

Fall Registration Deadline – Wednesday, September 14

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, September 19.
  • Exploratories will meet 9-10 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into two age groups: Kindergarten and First-Fifth Grades
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.
  • If you have credit left over from the school closures in March 2020, it will apply automatically when you check out.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 19 – December 9).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle!  – 1:40pm – 2:35pm
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more.
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 19; October 3, 10, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 28; December 5 (No Class: September 26; October 17; November 21)

Professor Egghead Astronauts! – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Blast off this session with the Egghead Astronaut Crew as we explore the far reaches of our universe. Students will set off rockets, make huge chemical reactions, make lava slime, look for life and rocks on other planets, recycle water in space, and make out of this world volcanoes on their way to becoming astronauts! The best part? They get to take home their experiment every week! At the end of the session, students will receive their own Egghead Astronaut Degree.
Cost: $260 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6 (No Class: October 18; November 22)

 

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TGA Tennis! – 1:40pm – 2:40pm
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus!  Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program.  Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student-athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $280 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6 (No Class: October 18; November 22)

Sky High Dance!  – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase. Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication. New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 21, 28; October 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class: October 5, 19; November 23)

Yoga & Meditation! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $230 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 (No Class: October 20; November 24)

Academic Chess! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
We are devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program: Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; Have better concentration and mental discipline; Gain confidence and have lots of FUN!!! All students in the chess club receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook, prizes for good sportsmanship and participate in the “BIG TOURNAMENT” on the last day where all kids take home a prize! New and returning students are welcome! Children participating in Academic Chess will be broken up into groups based on age and experience.
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9 (No Class: October 21; November 11, 25)

1st – 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, sculpting, and more.
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 19; October 3, 10, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 28; December 5 (No Class: September 26; October 17; November 21)

Professor Egghead Astronauts!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Blast off this session with the Egghead Astronaut Crew as we explore the far reaches of our universe. Students will set off rockets, make huge chemical reactions, make lava slime, look for life and rocks on other planets, recycle water in space, and make out of this world volcanoes on their way to becoming astronauts! The best part? They get to take home their experiment every week! At the end of the session, students will receive their own Egghead Astronaut Degree.
Cost: $260 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6 (No Class: October 18; November 22)

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TGA Tennis!  – 1:40pm – 2:40pm
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus!  Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program.  Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student-athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $280 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29; December 6 (No Class: October 18; November 22)

Sky High Dance!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase. Students will perform what they’ve learned, and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication. New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $000 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 21, 28; October 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class: October 5, 19; November 23)

 

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LEGO Sports Spectacular!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking, mini-golf to soccer! Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness, such as stamina and strength. Other lessons describe the mechanics of the sport, such as the physics involved in golf and the components of a stationary bike. The best part for the students is pairing up to build moving LEGO® models and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built – hitting a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model, watching the gymnast spin around the bar, and “shooting hoops” on the basketball model. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new sport, or build a model of their favorite sport!
Cost: $000 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 21, 28; October 12, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7 (No Class: October 5, 19; November 23)

Yoga & Meditation! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Each week children will learn age appropriate traditional yoga poses that build strength, coordination, balance, and flexibility, in addition to breathing practices that develop inner calm, mind-body awareness, concentration, confidence, compassion and patience – all tools that will last a lifetime! Children who practice yoga regularly are more relaxed, centered and steady.
Cost: $000 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 (No Class: October 20; November 24)

 

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Sports Club with Coach Russell! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Coach Russell is back at MATES! We will play a new sport or game out on the playground every Thursday. Sportsmanship and teamwork will be emphasized, and age-appropriate rule structures will be utilized to ensure the safety of all students. A game or sport will be introduced and then we will do some skill development and learn about the general rules as well. Then, we will play several great rounds of games!
Cost: $000 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8 (No Class: October 20; November 24)

Glass Art Fusion! -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program this fall! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass art and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, wall art, pendants, and much more.​Learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $235 + $35 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9 (No Class: October 21; November 11, 25)

 

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Academic Chess! -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
We are devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program: Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills; Have better concentration and mental discipline; Gain confidence and have lots of FUN!!! All students in the chess club receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook, prizes for good sportsmanship and participate in the “BIG TOURNAMENT” on the last day where all kids take home a prize! New and returning students are welcome! Children participating in Academic Chess will be broken up into groups based on age and experience.
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9 (No Class: October 21; November 11, 25)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the Covid-19 Procedures for Growing Outdoors?

Growing Outdoors will follow all rules and regulations regarding Covid-19 that have been put in place by district, county, and public health officials. Under this guidance, any student who is under “quarantine” is not permitted to participate in Growing Outdoors exploratories until they have been released from quarantine by their school.

Following updated guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, masks became optional during Spring 2022 Growing Outdoors programs. As we enter the 2022-2023 school year, we will continue to monitor guidance and requirements, and adjust accordingly, as needed.

What happened to the credit I received when schools closed in March 2020?
All credits have been applied to their corresponding accounts on our online registration site. When you register your student, you will see the credit applied on the payment page. If you think this information is incorrect, or if you have any questions about credit, please contact Alec at 818-889-8383 ext, 704 or alec@growingoutdoors.com.
What happens if my child participates in the YMCA after-care program?
At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in YMCA program from their exploratory to the appropriate location.
Why are the exploratories divided into trimesters?
We feel that students will get the most out of each exploratory when they have consistent time to be with the same students and the same instructors to build a rapport. By making each trimester eight to ten weeks in length, students will have three opportunities during the school year to try different exploratories. Each trimester will offer different class options for the various age groups!
What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?
Please call us as early as possible (before 10:00am is preferable!) at (818) 889-8383. The Growing Outdoors adminstrative staff will be creating daily attendance sheets for each exploratory, so it would be helpful to have that information as early as possible. 
Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?
Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after school enrichment program. Therefore, we need time to train and prepare our staff, in addition to reviewing each child’s health form, prior to the first day of each exploratory.
Why are the exploratories priced differently?
The price of all of our exploratories is based on number of class meetings, supply costs, staffing needs, and specialized instructor costs. By basing it on these factors, you can rest assured that you are getting what you pay for!
What does my exploratory tuition pay for?
There are many factors that affect Growing Outdoors exploratory prices! These might include:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! 
  • There is a Growing Outdoors Exploratory Leader in each class! Our trained staff person is there to focus on the students’ well-being, while the Vendor or Program Specialist will handle the instruction of the activity. 
  • We are dedicated to offering the highest quality after-school programs to our families! Each exploratory has a Vendor or Program Specialist who provides specialized and exciting instruction. To make this possible, each has a fee of their own which makes up the bulk of our exploratory pricing. 
  • Each school district requires use rental fees for all indoor and outdoor exploratory locations. These fees go directly back to your school district! 

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