Through a variety of activities, lessons, and workshops, our afterschool program is focused on extracurricular development in the sciences, arts, and culture. Our highly-trained staff are dedicated to helping your child build real world skills, and explore careers and interests across a multitude of academic disciplines. With innovations and new additions, such as our Hoop House Garden and mural projects, we are continually dedicated to making LEAF a fun and energetic place where kids WANT to be!
Hoop House & Garden
Our new hoop house and school garden provides your child with garden-based, experiential learning opportunities as part of our weekly curriculum. Hands-on learning allows for academic and behavioral development, in a space that encourages teamwork, innovation, and creativity. Garden activities, such as planting, nurturing, and harvesting are paired with classroom lessons in the arts and sciences.
Health & Nutrition
As a participant in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, we are dedicated to healthy growth and development. Our hoop house garden functions as an outdoor classroom where our staff can teach lessons geared toward introducing new, healthy vegetables into our student’s diets. We strongly believe that a child’s willingness to eat new, healthy foods translates to the willingness to incorporate new foods into their diets at home, as well as later in life.
Our Summer Camp Program is adventure-filled and action-packed with a focus on building real world skills through hands-on learning. With an emphasis on environment and natural resource studies and outdoor recreation activities, students in the LEAF Summer Camp will attend a variety of field trips including Vedauwoo, Hutton Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Pole Mountain Area, and the UW Conservatory to name a few. Students will be prepared with vocabulary, and inquiry-based learning practices in the classroom before getting outside where they will learn how to use field guides to identify plants and animals and gain a greater understanding of the role we play in our environment. A variety of guest speakers representing careers in law enforcement, natural resources, science, and the arts will visit LEAF throughout the summer to educate our students on various topics and help give them a greater understanding of potential career paths and interests. The goal of Summer Camp is to use experiential and inquiry-based learning as a means of introducing children to a variety of academic disciplines, interests, and career paths all while having fun. We believe that summertime for children should be fun, memorable, engaging, and full of life enriching experiences. Our staff is dedicated to safety and teaching, but are also invested in making your child's summer an experience that will forever guide them through their development as healthy, prosperous adults.
Workshop Series / AV Club
Workshops in Creative Writing, Photography, Filmmaking, Sculpture, Painting, and Theatre are taught by professionals at LEAF and within the greater community. Workshops are age specific, and open to all kids enrolled in the Afterschool Program. Our Workshop Series are part of our AV Club, which gives kids a space to work on teacher-mentored projects in the audio, video, and graphic arts. AV Club continues through the summer program as an independent, teacher-mentored, project-based learning program ending in the publication of a finished product.