Growing Outdoors at Willow Elementary
Fall Trimester is Happening Now!

Fall Registration Deadline – Wednesday, September 7!

Fall Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Fall Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, September 12.
  • Exploratories will meet 8-10 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 three age groups: Kindergarten-First Grade, Second-Third Grade, and Fourth-Fifth Grade.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.
  • If you have credit left over from the school closures in March 2020, it will be applied automatically when you check out.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Fall Trimester (September 12 – November 18).

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Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Fall Trimester
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*Regular day exploratories are typically split into two sub-groups: Kindergarten-1st grade & 2nd-3rd grade
**On early release Wednesdays, 1st-3rd grade students will join 4th-5th graders in exploratories

GO Science: Nature Creation Lab!  – 2:25pm – 3:25pmClick here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
(*This exploratory is open to K-1st grade students only)
Let’s go – to the outdoor science lab! Come learn how things in nature work, what they’re made of and more with hands-on science experiments and awesome science-based art projects! In Nature Creation Lab, students will learn how to safely perform a new experiment each week using the scientific process to ask questions, make a hypothesis, and get results! Then, we’ll do a super fun take-home art project using the science that we’ve learned. Come join the fun – sign up today!
Cost: $180 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7 (No Class: September 5, 26)

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Woodworking: Wishing Well Project!  – 2:25pm – 3:25pmClick here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
(*This exploratory is open to 1st-3rd grade students only)

Get ready for all of your wishes to come true! In this after-school woodworking class, they’ll be tossing a coin into their own wishing wells while trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your wishing well one of a kind!
Cost: $275 + $25 materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7(No Class: September 5, 26)

Academic Chess!  -2:25pm – 3:25pm – 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: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

 

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Glass Art Fusion! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
(*This exploratory is open to 1st-3rd grade students only)
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: $290 +$35 materials fee (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle! 
Kindergarten – 11:40am – 12:35pm
1st-3rd – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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: $295 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5) 

*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:05.

 

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Kinflow! – 1:05pm – 2:05pm – Click here to view flyer! Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport. Based on the principles of collective flow states, KinFlow is a breath of fresh air in the world of youth sports. For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com
Cost: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5) 

*Growing Outdoors provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:05.

Sky High Dance! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click 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: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17 

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TGA Lacrosse! – 2:25pm – 3:25pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $330 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17

3D Sculpture Art!  – 2:25pm – 3:25pm
Come Sculpt with VIRIDIAN ART! We will explore many different sculpting mediums in this completely 3D class. Learn how to sculpt a wide array of subjects, like animals, sea creatures, bugs, plants, food, etc. This session, students can look forward to designing their very own Halloween Monsters! We teach our sculptors different techniques using Polymer clay, Air Dry Clay, Model Magic, and Paper Mache and more and finish them with acrylic paint.
Cost: $280 + $25 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18 (No Class: November 11)

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

Woodworking: Wishing Well Project!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Get ready for all of your wishes to come true! In this after-school woodworking class, they’ll be tossing a coin into their own wishing wells while trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more. At the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your wishing well one of a kind!
Cost: $275 + $25 materials fee (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7 (No Class: September 5, 26)

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GO Science: Nature Creation Lab! 
– 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Let’s go – to the outdoor science lab! Come learn how things in nature work, what they’re made of and more with hands-on science experiments and awesome science-based art projects! In Nature Creation Lab, students will learn how to safely perform a new experiment each week using the scientific process to ask questions, make a hypothesis, and get results! Then, we’ll do a super fun take-home art project using the science that we’ve learned. Come join the fun – sign up today!
Cost: $180 (8 Classes) Class Dates: September 12, 19; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7 (No Class: September 5, 26)

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: $250 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15


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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: $290 + $35 materials fee (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15

Viridian Art: Enchanted Jungle! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm
*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, sculpting, and more.
Cost: $295 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5)

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

 

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Kinflow! – 1:05pm – 2:05pm – Click here to view flyer! Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students

KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport. Based on the principles of collective flow states, KinFlow is a breath of fresh air in the world of youth sports. For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com
Cost: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 14, 21, 28; October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16 (No Class: October 5)

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

TGA Lacrosse!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flyer! Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Our lacrosse enrichment program combines athletics, academics, and life lessons to create a dynamic experience that emphasizes safety, fitness, and fun. Certified coaches lead students through station-based drills and games that develop the fundamental skills of passing, catching, defending, and goalkeeping while using the sport to teach valuable life lessons including perseverance, leadership, and sportsmanship. Students also participate in STEAM activities that allow them to explore academic concepts like gravity, geometry, and force through the sport. TGA’s mission is to empower students with the tools to be successful within a team and in life.
Cost: $330 (10 Classes) Class Dates: September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17
Capoeira! -2:55pm – 3:55pm
Capoeira is a fantastic martial art from the South American country of Brazil! Kick, jump, run, spin, headstand, handstand, and flip your way into the awesome world of capoeira! Did I mention the handmade instruments and Brazilian music we will play? Learn capoeira in a fun-filled, non-stop hour! It is all happening here! Don’t miss out! This class will not involve striking or physical contact.
Cost: $220 (9 Classes) Class Dates: September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18 (No Class: November 11)

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

All exploratories will take place mostly outside, with minimal indoor time during programs. In the event of inclement weather, we will work with the school to move to a spacious indoor location(s) for that day’s programs.

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 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!

Why are Transitional Kindergarten (TK) exploratories no longer offered at Willow?
Great question. New 2022-2023 TK class release times are earlier than Kindergarten, and are no longer consistent with the rest of our programming times. As such, we have limited space and staff on campus to supervise and support a TK program at this time. We hope to meet your child next year as they enter Kindergarten!
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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