Growing Outdoors at White Oak Elementary!
Fall Trimester Starts September 20!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, September 13th September 20th.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-9 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into two age groups: Kindergarten-2nd Grade (TK option on Wednesdays!), and Third – Fifth Grade.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 20 – December 1).

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Kindergarten – 2nd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options – TK option on Wednesdays!)

 Hip Hop Dance! – 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Are you ready to ROCK! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun, physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. This is a performance-based class, designed to help students gain confidence and self esteem. We teach age-appropriate dance routines to pop music and classics from the past! We put on a rockin’ performance in costumes on the last day for family and friends to enjoy!
Cost: $205 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29 (No Class: November 15, 22)

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Golf! – 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29 (No Class: November 15, 22)

Viridian Art  – 2:15pm – 3:15pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come learn real fine art skills taught by talented and experienced Viridian Art instructors. Create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, including drawings, watercolors, acrylic, polymer clay, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Into the Desert – Desert Animals!”
Cost: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 30 (No Class: November 16, 23)

LEGOs A Ticket to Ride  – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in 1st-5th Grade*
Learn about the history and mechanics of favorite amusement park rides in this imaginative unit. Students will construct a Ferris Wheel, Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop ride, Swing Boat ride, Merry Go Round, and more! Lessons incorporate principles of physics, described in a way children can understand, such as “G-force” inertia and momentum, as well as math concepts such as “there are 360 degrees in a circle”. These engaging lessons will give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day.
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10; December 1 (No Class: November 17, 24)

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Rocket Science & Astronomy  – 1:00pm – 2:00pm –Click here to view flier Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to students in TK-2nd Grade*
Ready, set, blast off! Explore the Universe as we launch everything from Film Canister Rockets, to Water Bottle Blasters, Business Card Boomerangs, and much more! Our adventures will take us to Titan, Mars, and a Galactic Cluster as we learn about comets, constellations, and our galaxy! This class is out of this world!
Cost: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10; December 1 (No Class: November 17, 24)

Yoga & Meditation – 2:15pm – 3:15pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_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: $165 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No Class: September 16; November 11, 18, 25; December 2)

3rd – 5th Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)

Glass Art Fusion  – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

This exploratory has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Growing Outdoors and Fireglass 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.​ Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too!
Cost: $225 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29 (No Class: November 15, 22)

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Golf! – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

This exploratory has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Come play – we bring the golf course to you! Beginner and intermediate players will have a blast building their skills, learning about the rules and etiquette of the games, and exploring how academic concepts like gravity, spin, and force apply to golf through fun games and activities.
Cost: $245 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 29 (No Class: November 15, 22)

Woodworking – Chill Chair  – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

This exploratory has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

As the air starts to get chilly, let’s remember the summertime sun with this session’s Chill Chair woodworking project! Rest your tube of sunscreen or your flip-flops in this inviting model-sized beach chair, or grab your coins from the secret compartment inside of the wooden cooler when you hear the ice cream truck coming through your neighborhood on its last warm weather rounds! At LogN Craft, we take pride in safely teaching your children woodworking skills such as following directions and hand-eye coordination that they can use and incorporate in their everyday lives. Trained instructors teach them how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, your child will have completed the assigned project while having fun and adding their own touches to make it one of a kind!
Cost: $260 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 21, 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 30 (No Class: November 16, 23)

LEGOs A Ticket to Ride  – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Learn about the history and mechanics of favorite amusement park rides in this imaginative unit. Students will construct a Ferris Wheel, Carousel Swing, Tilt a Whirl, Loop de Loop ride, Swing Boat ride, Merry Go Round, and more! Lessons incorporate principles of physics, described in a way children can understand, such as “G-force” inertia and momentum, as well as math concepts such as “there are 360 degrees in a circle”. These engaging lessons will give students an understanding of the physical forces they experience every day.
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10; December 1 (No Class: November 17, 24)

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Magic Academy! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Ever wonder how a Magician does a magic trick? This class unlocks some of the secrets to the techniques of magic. Students will gain skills in acting, comedy, and memorization that are essential to a magician’s performance. They will use a variety of normal household items such as cards, coins, cups & balls, and rope, and learn cool simple tricks!
Cost: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10; December 1 (No Class: November 17, 24)

Academic Chess  – 2:45pm – 3:45pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32

This exploratory has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

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!
Cost: $160 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  September 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4 (No Class: September 16; November 11, 18, 25; December 2)

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Frequently Asked Questions
Why a new After-School Enrichment Program?

We’ve been brought on by White Oak to bring a cohesiveness and centrality to the after-school exploratories. We hope to provide great service, purposeful programming, and a safe environment where your child can thrive.

A few features of the Growing Outdoors program:

  • We have a Site Coordinator on campus from before the first program begins until the last child is picked up! The Site Coordinator will be reachable by phone while program is running, have a health form for each child, a first aid kit, student lists, and release/emergency information.
  • 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. Our staff person can help with any individual or emotional problems that may arise, so the instructor can focus on the activity as a whole. They will also handle attendance and dismissal (don’t forget to bring your picture ID!) so you can be sure that your child is well cared for.
  • The Site Coordinator and each Exploratory Leader will have a walkie talkie so additional assistance is only a walkie talkie call away!
  • Registration and payment for all after-school exploratories happens online, making it easier for you!
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 aren’t there more options for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students?

Great Question. Because TK release times are earlier than Kindergarten and are not consistent with the rest of our programming times on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, we have limited space and staff on campus to supervise and support a TK program on those days. On Wednesdays, school release time is the same for everyone! TK students are eligible for K-2nd grade exploratories offered on Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted in the exploratory description).

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!

Is it possible for an exploratory to be cancelled?

Occasionally, Growing Outdoors has to cancel an exploratory because low enrollment numbers make it logistically and financially nonviable. Should this happen to any exploratory for which you have signed up your child, we will contact you to discuss all alternative options (including the option of a full refund for the cancelled exploratory).

Could an individual class meeting be cancelled?

On very rare occasions, an exploratory does not happen quite as we planned! If there is ever an exploratory meeting that needs to be rescheduled, we will notify you in advance, and will still offer optional care for your child during their normal exploratory hour in the form of fun games and activities led by Growing Outdoors staff. Should an instructor be late or unable to make it to an exploratory meeting due to unforeseen circumstances, we will work with the school and vendor to reschedule the “missed” class. Never fear! Growing Outdoors staff will always be there to collect and care for your child and to make sure that they have a great time!

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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