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 in partnership with the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District. Sharing fun, hands-on learning experiences where participants are encouraged to discover through adventurous play, free exploration, and guided field investigations, facilitated by experienced instructors from Peacock Family Services. Operating hours are from 12:50PM – 5:30PM on Mondays and 2:20PM – 5:30PM Tuesdays through Fridays.
In order to meet the diverse needs of our community, Nature Nuts offers a variety of programming that runs seasonally throughout the year. This page focuses on our after school program, and you can click to learn more about our day camps and our workshops!
After School 2017-2018
We are excited to share our plans for the 2017-2018 school year! Participants should bring clothing appropriate for present weather conditions and a water bottle. Nutritious snacks provided. Meet at the Ordway Bus Hub, but pick up at Pru’s House in the Grand Forest Hilltop Park. *No programs on 12/18/17 – 1/15/18, 2/19/18 – 2/23/18, 4/2/18 – 4/6/18, 5/28/18.
Musical Mysteries (November 20 – December 15*)
Music’s presence in nature is subtle, and stunning! Join us as we uncover the fun in music present in creatures and habitats, while experiencing creative ways to add our own symphonies to the sounds we discover. Local musicians will also help inspire us find our own rhythms. Spaces currently available on Wednesdays & Thursdays!
Registration Opens January 4, 2018 through BI Parks!
Arts & Earth (January 16 – February 9)
Harnessing the transformative power of the arts, we are excited to explore the natural world! From drawing to dancing, singing to sculpting, and beyond, join us as we utilize the arts to learn more about the earth.
Wilderness First Aid (February 12 – March 16*)
In this session, we’re diving into basic first aid concepts and building skills to practice self-care in wilderness settings, guided by a certified wilderness first responder!
Going Green (March 19 – April 20*)
What is compost? What things go into a healthy garden? What does agriculture have to do with our food? These are just some of the questions we will explore as we investigate what it means to go green.
Registration Opens January 4, 2018 through BI Parks!
Foraging & Foods (April 23 – May 21)
Wild animals constantly have to forage for their food. We are stepping into their shoes as we discover local edible plants, their effects on our bodies, and how to prepare delicious snacks from the land!
Flora & Fauna (May 29 – June 20)
Join us as we celebrate the end of spring by following the flowering flora, fawning over fauna, and connecting with the adaptations that flora and fauna use to thrive in changing seasons.
Nature Nuts’ after school program is based out of Pru’s House in the Grand Forest Hilltop Park. We spend most of our time exploring the outdoors at various locations on and near Bainbridge Island, but step inside this wonderful facility to warm up by the fire, dry off, and have a snack during the pick-up window of 5PM – 5:45PM.
Registration and billing for our Nature Nuts after school program takes place through our partner, BI Parks. We invite youth K-2 from public, private, and home-schooled families on Bainbridge Island to join us! Registration for fall 2017 is now open. Registration closes three days prior to the start of a session. There are four ways to register:
ONLINE: Register for classes with the WebTrac system, and submit credit card payment online. Registration is processed immediately, and you can print your confirmation form and receipt. For more information on online registration, read the BI Parks’ FAQ’s here. You will need your user name and password to register. If you can’t remember them, call BI Parks at: (206) 842-2306, extension 118.
DROP OFF: Bring your completed registration form and payment to the Strawberry Hill Park District Office or the Aquatics Center. You will find a registration form in your printed brochure, or you can download a registration form.
MAIL IN: Mail in your completed registration form and payment check to:
BI Metro Park & Recreation District
7666 NE High School Rd
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
CALL: Give BI Parks a call at (206) 842-2306, extension 118.
Then download and submit the enrollment packet to our Program Manager. If you have completed an enrollment packet since June 2017 you do not need to submit another packet.
“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 or when you register for five days per week. Scholarships are available in partnership with Helpline House. Drop-ins are available with a minimum one week advanced notice. For a full list of pricing for our after school program and day camps, click here.
For more information about the Nature Nuts after school program or day camps, please contact our Program Manager, Annika Truebenbach.
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. Winter-Spring closure dates are as follows: December 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018 (Winter Break), January 15 (MLK), February 19 (Presidents Day), February 20-23 (Mid-Winter Break), April 2-6 (Spring Break), May 28 (Memorial Day).