Growing Outdoors at Willow Elementary

Spring Trimester Begins Monday, 2/26!

Spring Trimester Registration Is Closed!

Spring Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Spring Trimester Exploratories begin on Monday, February 26th.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-9 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-Third Grade, and Fourth-Fifth Grade.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.
  • Any late registrations are at the discretion of the Growing Outdoors Director based on enrollment and staffing. All late registrations will be charged a fee of $25 per exploratory.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Spring Trimester (February 26 – May 10).

Click to View Your Students Registration For:

TK & Kindergarten Exploratories: Spring Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options – TK option on Wednesdays!)

Mindful Mondays!  (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Yoga encourages movement, creativity and playfulness. Through music, books and age-appropriate games yoga poses will be taught to help develop focus, concentration, self-regulation and confidence. Yoga improves children’s physical and mental well-being. 

“Just like a flower needs sunlight to bloom, our minds need mindfulness to shine brightly”  –Thich Nhat Hanh
Cost: $260 (8 Classes) Class Dates: February 26; March 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 (No Class: March 4, 11; April 1)

Space Explorers and Young Engineers! (K-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Embark on an exciting journey through the cosmos and dive into the fascinating world of engineering with our Space Explorers and Young Engineers exploratory! This enriching program is specially designed for curious minds in 1st to 5th grade, offering a blend of cosmic wonders and hands-on engineering adventures.
Cost: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 27; March 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 (No Class: March 5; April 2)


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Sky High Dance! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) -2:25pm – 3:25pm
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! New and returning students are welcome! 
Cost: $280 (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 27; March 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 (No Class: March 5; April 2)

Viridian Art: Spring Critters – Bugs, Butterflies, and Cute Baby Animals! (TK & Kinder) – 11:40am – 12:35 pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, mini sculptures, and more.
Cost: $320 (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 28; March 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (No Class: March 6; April 3)

*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised snack time for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 11:40.

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Young Ninjas! (TK & Kinder) – 11:40am – 12:35 pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Discover your inner ninja! Young Ninjas is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental martial arts elements, like blocks, kicks, strikes, situational awareness, basic self-defense, and the all-important KI-YAH! Through skill training, fun games, creative challenges, and Pad work on foam targets, children develop self-confidence and learn to enjoy being physically active in a non-competitive setting. C’mon, how cool!
Cost: $310 (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 28; March 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (No Class: March 6; April 3)

*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised snack time for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 11:40.

Adventures in Watercolor! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm
Here’s where you learn how to draw and paint! In this class, students learn the basics of painting pictures – from shadows, shapes, and colors to portraits, landscapes, and comics. Kids will end this program with new skills, greater confidence, and visual and creative thinking skills that will last a lifetime. All levels of experience are welcome! The class is taught by local painter Miles Lewis who will guide beginning students through fun fresh projects and happily help more advanced artists to develop the skills for their own picture ideas. All materials are included. Students will have paintings to take home every week. 
Cost: $310 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 29; March 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: March 7; April 4)

Professor Egghead: Egghead Inventors! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This session, students become real-life inventors on Professors Egghead’s team as they experiment with awesome inventions like helicopters, rockets, and catapults and learn the science behind what makes them work! Then they’ll create their very own inventions to take home at the end of each class. At the end of the session, students will receive their degree proving they’re ready to go out and invent something amazing on their own!
Cost: $300 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 1, 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 8, 29; April 5)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)
*On early release Wednesdays, 1st-3rd grade students will join 4th-5th graders in exploratories

Mindful Mondays! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Yoga encourages movement, creativity and playfulness. Through music, books and age-appropriate games yoga poses will be taught to help develop focus, concentration, self-regulation and confidence. Yoga improves children’s physical and mental well-being. 

“Just like a flower needs sunlight to bloom, our minds need mindfulness to shine brightly”  –Thich Nhat Hanh
Cost: $260 (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 26; March 4, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 (No Class: March 11; April 1)


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Glass Art Fusion! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!
NEW PROJECTS!!! Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, holiday ornaments, small dishes, suncatchers, and much more. Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too! 
Cost: $305 + $25 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 26; March 4, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 (No Class: March 11; April 1)

Sky High Dance! (K-3rd Grade) -2:25pm – 3:25pm
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! New and returning students are welcome! 
Cost: $280 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 (No Class: April 2)


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Space Explorers and Young Engineers! (K-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Embark on an exciting journey through the cosmos and dive into the fascinating world of engineering with our Space Explorers and Young Engineers exploratory! This enriching program is specially designed for curious minds in 1st to 5th grade, offering a blend of cosmic wonders and hands-on engineering adventures.
Cost: $215 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 (No Class: April 2)

Viridian Art: Spring Critters – Bugs, Butterflies, and Cute Baby Animals ! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, mini sculptures, and more.
Cost: $330 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (No Class: April 3)

*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:00.


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Playground Power! – 1:05pm – 2:05pm
Our class will take your child away from the screens and into the sun. Participants will exercise and have fun while learning fundamental skills of each game, social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. 
Cost: $280 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (No Class: April 3)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:05.

Adventures in Watercolor! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm
Here’s where you learn how to draw and paint! In this class, students learn the basics of painting pictures – from shadows, shapes, and colors to portraits, landscapes, and comics. Kids will end this program with new skills, greater confidence, and visual and creative thinking skills that will last a lifetime. All levels of experience are welcome! The class is taught by local painter Miles Lewis who will guide beginning students through fun fresh projects and happily help more advanced artists to develop the skills for their own picture ideas. All materials are included. Students will have paintings to take home every week. 
Cost: $310 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 29; March 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: March 7; April 4)


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GO Chess! (1st-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our exploratory classes help a child become more creative, discover patterns, calculation, critical thinking and strategy through the game of chess! 
Cost: $320 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 29; March 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: March 7; April 4)

Professor Egghead: Egghead Inventors! (Kindergarten-3rd Grade) – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This session, students become real-life inventors on Professors Egghead’s team as they experiment with awesome inventions like helicopters, rockets, and catapults and learn the science behind what makes them work! Then they’ll create their very own inventions to take home at the end of each class. At the end of the session, students will receive their degree proving they’re ready to go out and invent something amazing on their own!
Cost: $300 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 1, 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 8, 29, April 5)


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Games & Cards! (1st-3rd Grade) 
– 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Put your game-playing skills to the test in our Games and Cards Exploratory! Students will have opportunities to play new and familiar games, from classics like Clue and Monopoly to exciting new games to stretch our imaginations. Games are a terrific way for students to develop skills in communication, strategy, teamwork, and much more! We hope you’ll join us for the fun!
Cost: $235 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 1, 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 8, 29, April 5)

4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester
(Select the tabs below to see all options)

Glass Art Fusion!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here for a neat video about Fireglass Studio!
NEW PROJECTS!!! Growing Outdoors and Fire Glass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program! In this class, participants will discover the amazing world of fused-glass and mixed-media. Each student will create beautiful projects such as candle holders, holiday ornaments, small dishes, suncatchers, and much more. Come learn how to cut, shape, and form glass to make amazing artworks out of glass and other media too! 
Cost: $305 + $25 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: February 26; March 4, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 (No Class: March 11; April 1)

Space Explorers and Young Engineers! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Embark on an exciting journey through the cosmos and dive into the fascinating world of engineering with our Space Explorers and Young Engineers exploratory! This enriching program is specially designed for curious minds in 1st to 5th grade, offering a blend of cosmic wonders and hands-on engineering adventures. 
Cost: $215 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 27; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7 (No Class: April 2)

Viridian Art: Spring Critters – Bugs, Butterflies, and Cute Baby Animals! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
Join our talented viridian art instructors on campus, after school! We will create several amazing pieces of finished art, including drawing, watercolors, acrylics, mini sculptures, and more.
Cost: $330 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (No Class: April 3)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:00.


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Playground Power– 1:05pm – 2:05pm 
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
Our class will take your child away from the screens and into the sun. Participants will exercise and have fun while learning fundamental skills of each game, social skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Cost: $280 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 28; March 6, 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8 (No Class: April 3)

*For students enrolled in this exploratory, Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period before the exploratory begins at 1:05.

GO Chess! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our exploratory classes help a child become more creative, discover patterns, calculation, critical thinking and strategy through the game of chess! 
Cost: $320 (10 Classes) Class Dates: February 29; March 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: March 7; April 4)

Games & Cards! -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Put your game-playing skills to the test in our Games and Cards Exploratory! Students will have opportunities to play new and familiar games, from classics like Clue and Monopoly to exciting new games to stretch our imaginations. Games are a terrific way for students to develop skills in communication, strategy, teamwork, and much more! We hope you’ll join us for the fun! 
Cost: $235 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 1, 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 8, 29, April 5)

Click to View Your Students Registration For:

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the additional LVUSD fees in my registration?
LVUSD charges Growing Outdoors facility use fees as well as a custodial cleaning fees to provide our programming to Willow families. These fees are set by the school board and are the same fees a community organization (like AYSO, etc.) would be charged to rent a space on campus. 

While we’ve built these fees into our exploratory costs in the past, we have made them separate to help you better understand what your payment is going towards!

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 Sam at 818-889-8383 ext, 701 or sam@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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