After School Programs

After school exploration of nature through art and adventure! Small class size, high quality instruction, and a dedicated team to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere for development and making new friends! 

Program Overview- Register Below

Art Academy ignites the imagination offering kids a fun, hands-on, creative outlet to explore the world of art and nature! Visual art in a variety of mediums and nature inspired themes is taught by amazing local artists. Clay, paints, prints and more inspire kids to get messy, think outside the box and have fun! Art Academy is offered Tuesdays for 1st through 3rd graders and on Wednesdays for 4th through 6th graders in order to tailor art instruction to the needs and interests of budding young artists.

Nature Trek is an epic adventure of discovering nature through creative outdoor play and experiential science education. Wenatchee RiveInstitute staff with the help of guest scientists will explore a different them each session spending time along the river and paths on our 9.5 acre campus, in the garden, and enjoying lots of hands on experiments and activities. Nature Trek is offerred on Thursdays for 1st through 6th graders.


Upcoming Sessions 

Session 2      Animal trackers and treasures: Weeks of October 30th, November 6th, November 13th, November 27th and December 4th.
Session 3      Starry, starry snow : Weeks of January 8th, January 15th, January 29th, February 5th and February 12th
Session 4      Growing like weeds: Weeks of February 26th, March 5th, March 12th, March 19th, and March 26th
Session 5      Wild and wilderness ready: Weeks of April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th 

After School Programs meet in the E Lorene Young house behind the E Lorene Young Community Garden on 12th Street in Leavenworth. Drop off is at 3pm, transportation is available from PD and Osborn Schools, and pick up is at 5pm. Snack is provided. 

Have questions? email us

Ready to register? 

For session 2 Art registration, click here. 

For session 2 Nature registration, click here. 

Sessions are $90 for members and $113 for non- members. 

Download the student wiaver here. Waivers are required the first day of the session.


Session 2:  Wednesdays for 4th through 6th graders - Nov. 1, 8,15,29, Dec. 6

Amber Zimmerman is a third generation woman artist with a B.A. from Evergreen State College in Environmental Art. She has been active in the local art  community and has participated in several group and solo gallery shows throughout North Central Washington. Amber is experienced in teaching a variety of  mediums to students of all ages. Visit her website at 

   Exploring wildlife with Acrylics.         

Step by step acrylic painting for kids! We will learn the basics of grid drawing certain wildlife. Then we will paint a scene with acrylic paint on canvas board. We will also learn about animal tracking and create our own animal track stones with paint. Easels and aprons are provided, but painting clothes is recommended.


Session 2:  Tuesdays for 1st through 4th graders - Oct. 31, Nov. 7,14,28, Dec.5

Artist Bethany Wray has been living in the Leavenworth area for a year and currently works as a Lead Teacher at Mountain Sprouts. She  mainly works  in watercolors and paints outside when she explores the surrounding area. She received both her BFA and MFA in Southern  California and has worked for  a variety of non-profit art education programs. She's excited to be continuing her journey as an artist and  educator in Leavenworth! 



Session 2:  Thursdays for 1st through 5th graders 

Expect lots of time outside exploring along the Wenatchee River at our fabulous Barn Beach and along the trail. Animals, artifacts, tracks and preparing for the chill of winter! Hands on activities with plenty of time to be a kid and connect with the nature!