School in Nature

School in Nature

The AMM will offer the fulltime School in Nature at its Park Campus located at Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park. The historic Waterworks building on the grounds of the Park Campus features three permanent learning classrooms that will be adapted to facilitate students as they participate in virtual learning through a public or private school system.

AMM’s School in Nature is available to K-5th grade students Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. This program is designed to serve as support for students as they work through their virtual learning curriculum. This online curriculum is supplemented with AMM-lead enrichment activities that focus on environmental stewardship and maritime education, including lots of nature play, art, and science. Exposure to nature and outdoor play can improve academic performance and love of learning. Children who are connected to nature have better health, higher satisfaction with life, and pro-environment behaviors.

While working indoors, appropriate COVID-19 protocols will be observed including physical distancing, wearing masks, and more. Students will be encouraged to learn outdoors, taking their laptops outside with them as weather conditions permit and exploring Back Creek during breaks in their daily online learning schedule. Enrichment activities will take place outdoors, exploring Back Creek and the Park Campus before school, during breaks, and after school.

Read our COVID-19 Response Plan and Parent Information Packet

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Virtual learning support from the AMM staff

Enrichment activities focus on environmental stewardship and maritime education, including nature play, art, and science

Sign up for daily sessions, week and multi-week enrollment encouraged

Enhanced health and safety precautions in place, see COVID Response Plan for more details

Daily Cost: $65/members, $75/non-members.

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A DAY AT THE EDUCATION CENTER

Example School in Nature Schedule

Here’s an example of what your student might do on a typical day at AMM School in Nature! Activities vary according to age.

Enrichment activities could include seining along the shoreline, nature walks, scavenger hunts, eco-art activities, boat excursions, kayaking for grades 3+, and more.

Grades: K – 2nd

7:50am-8:05am Staggered drop-off
8:05am-9am Nature play with cohort, morning group, stretching/yoga
9am-11am Morning Virtual Learning Session: Students actively participate in their online classes, AMM staff support as needed
11am-1pm Midday Break: Lunch, nature play, AMM Enrichment activity
1pm-3pm Afternoon Virtual Learning Session: Students actively participate in their online classes, AMM staff support as needed
3pm-3:30pm Snack and nature play
3:30pm-5pm AMM enrichment activities, dismissal between 4:45-5pm. Let staff know if an earlier pickup is required.

Grades: 3rd – 5th

7:50am-8:05am Staggered drop-off
8:05am-8:30am Nature play with cohort, morning group, stretching/yoga
8:30am-11:15am Morning Virtual Learning Session: Students actively participate in their online classes, AMM staff support as needed
11:15am-1:15pm Midday Break: Lunch, nature play, AMM Enrichment activity
1:15pm-3pm Afternoon Virtual Learning Session: Students actively participate in their online classes, AMM staff support as needed
3pm-3:30pm Snack and nature play
3:30pm-5pm AMM enrichment activities, dismissal between 4:45-5pm. Let staff know if an earlier pickup is required.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What virtual learning support does the AMM staff provide?

AMM provides a safe, structured environment where students can focus on their schoolwork, complete assignments, and get help from well-trained AMM staff.  Classrooms are equipped with highspeed wireless internet. AMM Staff are available to provide technical support and homework assistance, as needed.

What enrichment activities are available?

Students will get their hands wet and feet muddy exploring our 12-acre Park campus along the shores of Back Creek.  Enrichment activities will focus on environmental stewardship and maritime education, including lots of nature play, art, and science!  Examples of enrichment activities include seining along the shoreline, nature walks, scavenger hunts, eco-art activities, boat excursions, kayaking for grades 3+, and more!

Can I register my student(s) for less than a full week?

We are currently enrolling students under the daily rate, sign up for one or more days each week. Interested in a full-day, 8-5pm, Monday-Friday program? Contact us for special pricing at [email protected].

What is your COVID-19 response plan?

Details on our health and safety precautions in place can be found in our COVID-19 Response Plan.

Where can I find the required registration forms?

These forms are to be completed and turned in on your child’s first day:

What if I have additional questions?

For additional questions, please contact Cathy Wasiuta, Education Program Coordinator, [email protected]