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After School with Nature Nuts

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Discover. Explore. Connect.

“We feel so lucky that our children get to get dirty, be outdoors, and just experience the world every day after school. ” – Nature Nuts Parent

Grades K-2. Focusing on communication, team building, and the Next Generation Science Standards, Nature Nuts offers unique outdoor programming on and near Bainbridge Island. Sharing fun, hands-on learning experiences where participants are encouraged to discover through adventurous play, free exploration, and guided field investigations, facilitated by experienced outdoor instructors from Peacock Family Services. Operating hours are from 12:50PM – 5:30PM on Mondays and 2:20PM – 5:30PM Tuesdays.

Registration this year has changed! Please check back soon for more details and registration information for our After School program. You may also click to learn more about our day camps and our workshops!

After School 2018-2019

Participants should bring clothing appropriate for present weather conditions and a water bottle. Nutritious snacks provided. Meet at the Ordway Bus Hub.

Fall 2018

Our new Registration Process opens soon! Please contact Program Director Val Loughney Stapleton for more information.

Camp Skills

There’s more to camping than roasting marshmallows (though of course we’ll do that, too!). This session gets kids out on the trail where they will learn how to pitch a tent, filter water and use a camp stove. An experienced outdoor instructor will guide the way, teaching about Leave No Trace and how to make the most of a wilderness experience.

Storytelling & Make Believe

Nature plays a role in so many of the stories we hear and tell. Experience some stories from our Island and then put on your imagination hat to create tales of your own. Use the natural world to play and make believe—just like humans have always done!

Winter Wonder, Winter Wander

Put on the layers and join us for a session of frosty walks and warm hot cocoa. We’ll have fun with ice, use the wet or snowy ground to track animals, do some star gazing, and watch how the world slows down around us as winter approaches.



“I love when [my daughter] comes home and shares things encountered on the trails, the edible plants, and things she’s learned about wildlife… I feel so lucky that we stumbled into this program this year.  Thank you!” – Nature Nuts Parent


Prices are based on how many days there are in a session, as well as how many hours per day. Discounts are available for siblings. Scholarships are available in partnership with Helpline House. Drop-ins are available with a minimum one week advanced notice.

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For more information about the Nature Nuts after school program or day camps, please contact our Program Director, Val Loughney Stapleton.

E-mail: naturenutsbainbridge@gmail.com

Phone: (206) 780-1505

*Please note that the Nature Nuts after school program is not offered on days when the Bainbridge Island School District is not open. Fall Closure Dates: Nov. 12 (Veteran’s Day), Nov. 22-23 (Thanksgiving)