Afternoon Ecologists

Bringing Science Learning Outside

New this school year, Afternoon Ecologists is an in-person, outdoor program on our Bainbridge Island campus for students in 3rd – 6th grades!


Designed to align with Washington’s 3rd – 6th grade science curriculum, this program is a fun, engaging opportunity for kids to safely connect with friends, deepen science knowledge, and strengthen problem-solving skills.


Led by current University of Washington Master’s Students in Education and experienced staff instructors, the Afternoon Ecologists program gets students learning outside with peers while deepening their understanding of the impact science and engineering can have on their communities and the planet.

Our Approach: Project-Based Learning

Like many of our programs, Afternoon Ecologists is designed to support project-based learning. Project-based learning (or PBL) allows students to investigate, explore, and develop skills and knowledge by analyzing real world problems and thinking critically about potential solutions. Basing our programs in this approach helps drive curiosity and encourages students to engage with their learning. Designed around each day’s theme, students in the program will pursue projects throughout their seven-week experience that will help spark creativity, enhance science knowledge, and strengthen collaboration skills.

“My daughter is loving the program. She comes home jazzed with all sorts of cool info. So nice for her to have a place to be outside with friends and amazing instructors. Thankful for your program. It’s really boosting her spirits in these crazy times.”

– Stephanie P., Afternoon Ecologists Parent

COST: Tiered Pricing

We are committed to making sure this opportunity is financially accessible for all 3rd – 6th graders who are interested in participating. To support this commitment, we are offering tiered pricing and scholarships.


Additional financial support is available for families who find our tiered pricing beyond their reach. Please contact for more information.


Monday – Thursday Sessions Pricing:

  • $210 – This is the full cost of the program. Please choose this option if you’re able to do so.
  • $105 – Please choose this option if it’s the right financial fit for you.


Friday Sessions Pricing:

Please note that pricing for the Friday option is higher as the Friday sessions include an additional hour each week.

  • $315 – This is the full cost of the program. Please choose this option if you’re able to do so.
  • $160 – Please choose this option if it’s the right financial fit for you.


**If you have the capacity to help make this program accessible for other children, please consider adding a donation during the registration process. Thank you in advance!**


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“My daughter got in the car and she was Chatty Patty: ‘Oh we did this, and we saw banana slugs, and there are these kinds of ferns, and these kinds of animals, and we’re gonna look for this…’ We have a forty-minute drive back home from IslandWood, and my daughter talked the whole time. She was super excited and super pumped.”

– Jamie, Afternoon Ecologists Parent


The Afternoon Ecologists program will be run in alignment with the WA State Department of Health’s guidelines for safe outdoor programming. For more details, click the link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this will help answer some of the questions you may have. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Joan Hutchinson at

Yes! Each day of the week will focus on a different theme.

Yes, the program is open to all 3rd – 6th graders in the Puget Sound area!

Yes! In the registration form, where it asks you for any friend requests, you can share that your child is part of a pod, along with the name of each child in the pod that’s also signing up. Please note, your child will still need to wear a mask and participate in social distancing while at IslandWood.

Help Make Outdoor Learning Accessible for All 3rd - 6th Graders in the Community

As you know, many families have been hit hard by COVID-19. Would you help ensure that every 3rd – 6th grader has the opportunity to participate in this program, regardless of their financial situation?


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We Want to Hear From You

As a new program, we would love to hear your feedback about how we can continue to evolve Afternoon Ecologists to best meet our community’s needs.