Afterschool Outdoor Nature Club

Located at Ashland Nature Center
in Hockessin

After School 3 pm – 6 pm

Weekly Now – December 23

Kindergarten – 9th Grade

Social-Distancing Friendly

Parents, are you seeking GREEN Time to balance SCREEN Time for your kids this fall? Help them unplug and reconnect with fresh air, friends, and fun in nature. Research shows time spent in nature can reduce stress, increase focus and attention, improve health, and even enhance academic performance.

With talented educators, experienced naturalists, miles of trails, and acres of green space your child will have an awesome autumn exploring, discovering, and enjoying the great outdoors at Ashland Nature Center, 3511 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE | Directions

We take COVID-19 safety precautions seriously! Learn about our state-compliant safety procedures.

Hiking
Gardening
Live Animals
Visual Arts
Arts & Crafts
Explore Streams,
Ponds, Meadows,
& Forests


Children Kindergarten – 5th Grade

5-Day Option
Monday through Friday
3 pm – 6 pm
Non-member $200/wk
Member $175/wk
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3-Day Option
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
3 pm – 6 pm
Non-member $130/wk
Member $105/wk
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2-Day Option
Tuesday and Thursday
3 pm – 6 pm
Non-member $95/wk
Member $70/wk
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Children 6th – 9th Grade

Do you enjoy hiking, wildlife, nature, or just being outdoors? Spend the afternoon making new friends and experiencing all nature has to offer! Conduct wildlife surveys, participate in stewardship projects, investigate streams, woods, fields, and wetlands in search of reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals at Ashland Nature Center.

2-Day Program
Tuesday and Thursday | 3 pm – 6 pm
Non-member $95/wk | Member $70/wk
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Requirements and Policies

Registration Requirements

Up-to-date Immunization Records

  • All registrants must submit the current immunization records PRIOR to the first program day to participate in activities. Children will not be permitted to attend programs if we do not have current immunization records.
  • Submit to Candy Farr, Public Programs Registrar, via email, fax, mail.
  • If you previously submitted an immunization record for your child to attend a DelNature Summer Camp in 2020 you do not need to submit again.
  • This documentation is required regardless of immunization status.

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Membership pays for itself when you register for 3 events! Receive special member pricing for every activity DelNature offers.

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Special Accommodations and Restrictions

  • Please list any physical restrictions, emotional/behavioral exceptionalities, fears, etc. so our team can plan a safe and positive outdoor experience.
  • If your child is receiving special services at school, please list the accommodations.
  • Delaware Nature Society’s goal is to provide the best experience possible for the participants. We reserve the right to decline registration when our expertise cannot accommodate your child’s needs.

Cancellations, Refunds and Transfers

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or to comply with Delaware State directives for public health. If a program is cancelled, we will issue a full refund.

Requests for withdrawal 5 business days or more prior to the scheduled start date will be honored with refund less a $25 administrative fee.

Every effort to accommodate transfers to a different week will be made. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for transfers.


Inclement Weather

Programs run rain or shine and we spend most of our time outside. If weather becomes severe or hazardous each stable group has a dedicated indoor space to use and activities will be adjusted as needed. Programs may be canceled and rescheduled or refunded due to extreme weather at the discretion of our education staff.


Program Scholarships

Scholarships may be available for those needing assistance. Contact Candy Farr, Public Programs Registrar, about scholarships.


Toilet-training Policy

Children must be toilet-trained before they begin their session. Children who are not toilet-trained will not be allowed to stay and families are not eligible for a refund.


Photo Release

By checking “yes” for photo release during registration, you are giving us the right to use any photos/videos of your child to support our mission. We also reserve the right to use participant artwork to support our mission. Thank you.


More Policies

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Outdoor Nature Club Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Read below to answer your questions about our Nature Club programming!

What should I pack?

Backpack with:

  • Healthy snack(s)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Rain jacket/poncho, change of clothes, sweatshirt as needed
  • Sunscreen and/or insect repellent
  • Closed-toe water shoes (Keens, Crocs, old sneakers, or hiking shoes – no flip-flops or sandals)
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Labeled medications in original packaging with instructions

What should my child wear?

  • Clothing that can get wet and  dirty and appropriate for forecasted weather conditions
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Sunscreen insect repellent and hat for outdoor time

Will activities be cancelled for inclement weather?

  • Programs run rain or shine and we spend most of our time outside so please have your child dress to keep dry and warm!
  • If weather becomes severe or hazardous each stable group has a dedicated indoor space to use and activities will be adjusted as needed.
  • Activities may be canceled and rescheduled or refunded due to extreme weather conditions where health and safety is a concern at the discretion of our education staff.

Can I pack a cell phone with my child?

  • Cell phones are permitted but must stay off and away during all activities

Will I receive information about the week’s activities?

  • Thursday prior to the program week you will receive an email with information on how to prepare your child for the week, what to pack, and logistics for drop-off and pick-up, and other program information.

Do you offer scholarships?

Do I have to turn in immunization records? How do I turn them in?

  • Current immunization records must be submitted before the first program day. Submit them to Candy Farr, Public Programs Registrar, via email, fax, mail. This is required in order for your child to participate. Children will not be permitted to attend if we do not have current immunization records. If you previously submitted an immunization record for your child to attend a DelNature Summer Camp in 2020 you do not need to submit again.

Can we get a refund if we need to cancel or change our registration?

  • Requests for withdrawal 5 business days or more prior to the scheduled start date will be honored with refund less a $25 administrative fee.
  • Every effort to accommodate transfers to a different week will be made. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for transfers.
  • If a scheduled program must be cancelled because Delaware Nature Society cannot ensure the safety and health of children and staff or to comply with Delaware State guidance, you will be able to transfer your child to another week if available or receive a full refund.

How do I make changes to my child’s enrollment?


COVID Policy for Fall Programming FAQ

What health and safety protocols are you implementing as a result of COVID-19?

The goal of all DelNature fall programming is to ensure that our youth participants have a wonderful, safe and rewarding OUTDOOR experience. Our highest priority is protecting the health and safety of your children and our staff. As always with DelNature programming, the emphasis is outdoor experiences. Indoor time will be limited to specific activities that cannot be done outdoors and weather-related shelter. Our procedures are based upon the very latest guidance from the CDC and Delaware Public Health.

Some of the protocols include:

  • Screening: All children and staff will be screened upon arrival each day to ensure they are healthy. Anyone who is exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 may not remain on the premises or attend the day’s activities.
  • Site Cleaning: Sites and bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times each day based on the enhanced cleaning protocols and cleaning checklists for each building/site.
  • Personal Hygiene: Children and staff will wash and sanitize their hands frequently. Additional hand washing stations and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facilities – indoors and outdoors.
  • Drop-off and Pick-Up: Site-specific instructions will be shared in an email message sent on Thursday of the week before your program. Parents will certify by their signature that their child/children meet the screening requirements.
  • Social Distancing: Social distancing will be accomplished each day by using “stable” groups of no more than 15 youth participants plus staff. Children will remain with their stable group throughout the week. This will ensure that children have limited exposure to others.

Will staff and children be required to practice social distancing?

  • Children will be asked to maintain social distancing (six feet between individuals) in both outdoor and indoor settings.
  • Outdoor: Social distancing methods may include, but are not limited to, designated/marked “circles” on the grass (chalk or paint), ropes with “notches” every six feet for children to hold onto during hikes, etc.
  • Indoor: Each group will have an indoor “space” assigned to them which will allow for social distancing guidelines (six-foot radius for each child).

Are face coverings required?

  • DelNature policy for face coverings is to conform to current guidance from Delaware Public Health which requires all children in kindergarten or older wear face coverings in public settings . Face coverings will be worn by staff throughout the day.

Will my children be sharing supplies and equipment with other children?

  • Supplies and equipment needed by children will be assigned to the child at the beginning of the week, stored separately overnight and used by the same child throughout the week. Supplies will be sanitized at the end of each day.

Should I pack water and food for my children?

  • Children will be required to bring their own water and snacks. If refrigeration is needed, children will be asked to use an “Igloo” or similar personal lunch box with a cold pack. Water bottles can be refilled at the water fountain under supervision and the water bottle “mouth” may not touch the fountain.

What happens if my child becomes ill or is possibly exposed to COVID-19?

  • The child will be isolated from the rest of the group and the parent will be contacted immediately. The parent will be asked to come take the child home and/or to the doctor.
  • If the symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, Delaware Public Health will be contacted, and their recommendations will be followed.