Growing Outdoors at Willow Elementary
Spring Trimester Exploratories Are Happening Now!

Spring Registration Deadline – Wednesday, March 2!

Spring Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below

  • Spring Trimester Exploratories will begin on Monday, March 7.
  • 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 three age groups: TK-Kindergarten, First-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 Spring Trimester (March 7 – May 13).

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TK & Kindergarten Exploratories: Spring Trimester
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Sky High Dance  – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring youth to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every dancer’s confidence. Our class is open to all students of ALL LEVELS! 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.
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9, 16 (No Class: April 18)

Clay Creations!  – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is NOW FULL. We hope you’ll consider joining our waitlist for the exploratory!
Everyone remembers Ceramics class! Create unique objects of art that you and your family will love! In this session of Ceramics, students will learn the basics of how to build fun and functional artwork from fresh clay, using professional grade tools. Slab making, pinching, and coiling techniques will be utilized in the creation of one of a kind pieces. Over the course of the session, students will alternate between building and painting days, and create between four and five projects (depending upon the length of the session). Painting and glazing techniques will be taught, and creativity is always encouraged! Don’t miss out on the fun! This session’s projects include a birdhouse, an Emoji coin bank, a flower vase, and a creation of their imagination!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: April 19)

Viridian Art – Journey Into Space!  – 11:40pm – 12:35pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is NOW FULL. We hope you’ll consider joining our waitlist for the exploratory!

Come learn real fine art skills taught by talented and experienced Viridian Art instructors. Create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, including drawing, watercolors, acrylic painting, sculpting, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Journey Into Space!”
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18 (No Class: April 20)

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

Egghead Inventors with Professor Egghead! – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is NOW FULL. We hope you’ll consider joining our waitlist for the exploratory!
This session, students become real-life inventors on Professor 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!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $225 (8 Classes) Class Dates:  March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12 (No Class: March 10; April 21)

Performing Puppets!  – 1:15pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come join us for games, songs, and puppet fun in this high energy puppet performing class! Together, we will learn how to think creatively, explore our imaginations, and become different characters through the puppets we create with our friends! That’s right, you’ll get to construct your very own puppets out of all kinds of fun materials, and you and your puppets will be the stars of the show! New and classic performing arts games alike will help us tell stories together using our imaginations and feel confident while sharing ideas and creating cool and wacky puppet personalities with you. So, get ready to have fun and get silly together while we learn, grow, and explore the world of Performing Puppets!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $140 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 29; May 6, 13 (No Class: March 11; April 15, 22)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester
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Sky High Dance  – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring youth to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every dancer’s confidence. Our class is open to all students of ALL LEVELS! 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.
Cost: $210 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9 (No Class: April 18)

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LEGOs: A LEGO Pirate Adventure!  – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Shiver me timbers as we explore the popular culture and science behind the life of a pirate! Build a motorized pirate ship, a helm, an anchor, and more as we batten down the hatches and prepare for mutiny. Protect the hands on deck by building a launching trebuchet! Beware, me mateys, if it’s too late, you must abandon ship and build a rowboat to escape. Watch out for crocodiles! Anchors aweigh!
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9 (No Class: April 18)

Clay Creations!  -2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Everyone remembers Ceramics class! Create unique objects of art that you and your family will love! In this session of Ceramics, students will learn the basics of how to build fun and functional artwork from fresh clay, using professional grade tools. Slab making, pinching, and coiling techniques will be utilized in the creation of one of a kind pieces. Over the course of the session, students will alternate between building and painting days, and create between four and five projects (depending upon the length of the session). Painting and glazing techniques will be taught, and creativity is always encouraged! Don’t miss out on the fun! This session’s projects include a birdhouse, an Emoji coin bank, a flower vase, and a creation of their imagination!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than other Tuesday exploratories.
Cost: $265 (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: April 19)

 

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Woodworking  – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Cabin crew, prepare for takeoff. Buckle up and get ready to take flight to a far-off destination! As you build your jet plane model out of wood this session, you’ll learn about aerodynamics, the different parts of an airplane, and some of the history of planes, from the Wright Brothers’ initial flights to today’s global travel! In this after-school woodworking class, you’ll get to make your own jet plane model out of wood, complete with wings, tail, and hidden compartments inside. Trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your jet plane one of a kind!
Cost: $260 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10 (No Class: April 19)

Viridian Art – Journey Into Space!  – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is NOW FULL. We hope you’ll consider joining our waitlist for the exploratory!
Come learn real fine art skills taught by talented and experienced Viridian Art instructors. Create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, including drawing, watercolors, acrylic painting, sculpting, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Journey Into Space!”
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11 (No Class: April 20)

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

 

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Academic Chess – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
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: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11 (No Class: April 20)

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

Egghead Inventors with Professor Egghead! – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This session, students become real-life inventors on Professor 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!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $220 (8 Classes) Class Dates:  March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12 (No Class: March 10; April 21)

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Glass Art Fusion!  – 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Click here for a great news story about Fireglass Studio!
*This exploratory is NOW FULL. We hope you’ll consider joining our waitlist for the exploratory!
Growing Outdoors and Fireglass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program this spring! 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!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $210 + $35 Supplies Fee (8 Classes) Class Dates:  March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12 (No Class: March 10; April 21)

Performing Puppets!  – 2:30pm – 3:30pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Come join us for games, songs, and puppet fun in this high energy puppet performing class! Together, we will learn how to think creatively, explore our imaginations, and become different characters through the puppets we create with our friends! That’s right, you’ll get to construct your very own puppets out of all kinds of fun materials, and you and your puppets will be the stars of the show! New and classic performing arts games alike will help us tell stories together using our imaginations and feel confident while sharing ideas and creating cool and wacky puppet personalities with you. So, get ready to have fun and get silly together while we learn, grow, and explore the world of Performing Puppets!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $140 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 29; May 6, 13 (No Class: March 11; April 15, 22)

4th – 5th Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester
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LEGOs: A LEGO Pirate Adventure!  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Shiver me timbers as we explore the popular culture and science behind the life of a pirate! Build a motorized pirate ship, a helm, an anchor, and more as we batten down the hatches and prepare for mutiny. Protect the hands on deck by building a launching trebuchet! Beware, me mateys, if it’s too late, you must abandon ship and build a rowboat to escape. Watch out for crocodiles! Anchors aweigh!
Cost: $225 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9 (No Class: April 18)

Woodworking  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Cabin crew, prepare for takeoff. Buckle up and get ready to take flight to a far-off destination! As you build your jet plane model out of wood this session, you’ll learn about aerodynamics, the different parts of an airplane, and some of the history of planes, from the Wright Brothers’ initial flights to today’s global travel! In this after-school woodworking class, you’ll get to make your own jet plane model out of wood, complete with wings, tail, and hidden compartments inside. Trained instructors teach students how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, you’ll add your own touches to make your jet plane one of a kind!
Cost: $260 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 Classes) Class Dates: March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10 (No Class: April 19)

Viridian Art – Journey Into Space! – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students
Come learn real fine art skills taught by talented and experienced Viridian Art instructors. Create beautiful finished artwork and sculptures, including drawing, watercolors, acrylic painting, sculpting, and more! Join us on-campus, after school! This session’s theme: “Journey Into Space!”
Cost: $270 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11 (No Class: April 20)

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

 

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Academic Chess – 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
*This exploratory is open to 1st-5th grade students

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: $215 (9 Classes) Class Dates:  March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11 (No Class: April 20)

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

Glass Art Fusion  – 2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here for a great news story about Fireglass Studio!
Growing Outdoors and Fireglass Studio are proud to offer a unique art enrichment program this spring! 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!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $210 + $35 Supplies Fee (8 Classes) Class Dates:  March 17, 24, 31; April 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12 (No Class: March 10; April 21)

3D Paper Art: Globetrotters! -2:55pm – 3:55pm – Click here to view the flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
In this unique class, we’ll take a trip around the world, using folded-paper to help us explore countries and cities around the globe! As we learn about different cultures and places, our instructor will guide students through cutting, folding, and shaping sheets of paper into some of earth’s greatest and most wonderful landmarks, buildings, and natural features. We’ll dive into history, seeing how ancient civilizations have left their mark on the earth, and also see many modern-day features and lifestyles that countries are known for. So, hop on board as we fold our way through this 3D paper adventure across the globe!
*Please note: This exploratory begins one week later than our other spring exploratories due to March parent-teacher conferences.
Cost: $140 (7 Classes) Class Dates:  March 18, 25; April 1, 8, 29; May 6, 13 (No Class: March 11; April 15, 22)

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

All exploratories will take place outside, and only during inclement weather will we move indoors for that day of class. Indoors or outdoors, all students, instructors, and Growing Outdoors staff will wear masks while near each other and participating in our programs. Students may step away from the group for a “mask break” at any time, and are welcome to drink water whenever they like.

In order for Growing Outdoors to be back on campus, we have agreed to follow all rules and regulations regarding Covid that has been put in place by district, county, and public health officials. Under this guidance, any student who is under “quarantine” or “modified quarantine” is not permitted to participate in Growing Outdoors exploratories until they have been released from quarantine by their school.

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 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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