Growing Outdoors at MATES
Spring Trimester is done!
Thank you for a great school year!

Spring Trimester Registration Is Closed!

Spring Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Spring Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, March 11.
  • Exploratories will meet 8-9 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 and First-Fifth Grades
  • 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 student.

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Spring Trimester (March 11 – May 17).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Spring Trimester
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Viridian Art: Spring Critters – Bugs, Butterflies, and Cute Baby Animals!  – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_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: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13 (No Class: April 1)

Professor Egghead: Egghead Inventors! – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to Kindergarten-5th Grade students! There will be two exploratory groups: Kindergarten-1st Grade & 2nd Grade-5th Grade
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: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14 (No Class: April 2)

Sky High Dance! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!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! New and returning students are welcome! 
Cost: $220 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: April 4)

Great Math Foundations by Mathnasium! – 1:40pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Math games and problem-solving activities so students can exercise “math muscles” and build number sense! All skill levels welcome!
Cost: $220 (8 Classes) Class Dates: March 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 29; April 4)

1st – 5th Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester
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Viridian Art: Spring Critters – Bugs, Butterflies, and Cute Baby Animals!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_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: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 11, 18, 25; April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13 (No Class: April 1)

Professor Egghead: Egghead Inventors!  – 1:35pm – 2:35pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to Kindergarten-5th Grade students! There will be two exploratory groups: Kindergarten-1st Grade & 2nd Grade-5th Grade
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: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14 (No Class: April 2)

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Kinflow!  – 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Click here to watch a KinFlow video!
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th Grade students!

KinFlow is a new and engaging mindful team sport that fuses fitness and mindfulness into an immersive sporting experience for all ages, genders, and skill levels alike. As both a sport and learning tool, it is inclusive in nature, promoting healthy competition, mental/physical fitness, and teamwork! For more info on the field disc sport, please visit www.kinflow.com 
Cost: $255 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 12, 19, 26; April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14 (No Class: April 2)

Sports Club! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Coach Russell is back at MATES along with assistant coach Amanda! 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: $190 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15 (No Class: April 3)


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Woodworking – Helicopter Project!  -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Whop whop whop! Do you hear the helicopter? How about making your very own in Woodworking?! Join the Spring Woodworking exploratory as you create this amazing wooden helicopter! This unique exploratory offers a hands-on experience that teaches important skills! Our trained instructors will teach you how to cut, glue, sand, and more to be able to complete the project using the skills you learn. At the end of the session, you will add your own touches to make your helicopter unique! 
Cost: $245 + $45 materials fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 13, 20, 27; April 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15 (No Class: April 3)

Sky High Dance! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!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! New and returning students are welcome!
Cost: $220 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 14, 21, 28; April 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: April 4)

Academic Chess! – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!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!
Cost: $200 (8 Classes) Class Dates: March 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 29; April 5)

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Great Math Foundations by Mathnasium!
– 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view flier!Adobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-3rd Grade students!
Math games and problem-solving activities so students can exercise “math muscles” and build number sense! All skill levels welcome!
Cost: $220 (8 Classes) Class Dates: March 15, 22; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: March 29; April 5)

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Frequently Asked Questions
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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