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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. Children meet their experienced outdoor instructors and then head to a different island location each day, engaging in fun, hands-on learning experiences. Participants are encouraged to discover the natural world through adventurous play, free exploration, and guided field investigations. Operating hours are from 12:50PM – 5:30PM on Mondays and 2:20PM – 5:30PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

As of January 2020 we will no longer be partnered with Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation. We are in the process of getting our program independently licensed, a necessity if we are not partnered with a school or government entity, so once inspections are complete and we get the go-ahead, we can begin programming.

Information about our upcoming sessions are below. Or Click Here to be taken directly to our registration form.

After School 2020

Participants should bring clothing and shoes appropriate for present weather conditions and a water bottle. Nutritious snacks provided! Students meet at the Ordway Bus Hub (usually via school bus if they attend a public school other than Ordway) and parents pick-up at between 5:00 and 5:45 at Hyla Middle SchoolPlease note that we have changed our pick-up location!


 Session 2: Tracks, Tracks, Tracks (March 2- March 26)

As winter thaws, the hibernators wake, and new life starts to stir, it’s a good time to look closer at the tracks and trails starting to make their marks on the forest. We’ll pause to notice changes, make plaster casts of tracks we find, and look and listen for clues of animals around us. (No NN during BISD Winter Break)

Monday (12:50- 5:45) $172

Tuesday (2:20- 5:45) $136

Wednesday (2:20- 5:45) $136

Thursday (2:20-5:45) $136


Session 3: Foraging and Foods (March 30- May 7)

One of our most popular sessions! Join us as we explore the spring time forest and feast on the edible bounty. Kids will learn how to safely, and ethically, harvest wild foods, how to identify edible species, and then cook up plenty of wild treats together. Cost includes a $5 supply fee. (No NN Spring Break 4/6- 4/9)

Mondays (12:50- 5:45) $220

Tuesdays (2:20- 5:45) $175

Wednesdays (2:20- 5:45) $175

Thursdays (2:20-5:45) $175

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Session 4: Coastlines and Sunshine (May 11- June 15)

Let’s explore the beaches, estuaries, ponds, and tide pools of our island. We will wade into the water, do some filtration experiments, and splash our way into summer. (No NN May 25, June 16).

Mondays (12:50- 5:45) $215

Tuesdays (2:20- 5:45) $170

Wednesdays (2:20- 5:45) $170

Thursdays (2:20- 5:45) $170

“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

Register Here!


Please Note: There is only space for ten children each day and once those spaces fill, we will make a wait list. The program director will confirm your registration via email.


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

Refund Policy

We understand that things come up in life, and that you may need to cancel a registration for a program. You can always contact the Program Director to enquire about moving your child to a different session or day (if space is available) at no cost save any difference in price. If after evaluating whether re-registration for a future program is not right for your participant, we can cancel the registration following the guidelines below. Please call or e-mail the Nature Nuts Program Director if you would like to reschedule or cancel a camp registration.

  • Cancellations made at least one month prior to the program start date will receive a full refund, less a 10% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations made 2-4 weeks before the program start date will receive a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations made within 2 weeks of the program start date will not receive a refund unless the reserved space is filled prior to the first day of camp. If the space is filled, you will receive a 50% refund.

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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.