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! 
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

Program Overview- Register Below

1st - 3rd Grade Art: Ignite 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! 


4th - 6th Grade Art: Explore techniques for more advance artisits offering kids an indepth, 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! 


1st - 4th Grade 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. 


Sessions are $90 for members, $113 for non- members | Classes capped at 10 - fill up quickly! 

Session 5: Wild and wilderness ready: Weeks of April 9th, April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, May 7th 

Tuesdays for 1st - 3rd Graders: April 10th, 17th and 24th, May 1st and 8th     REGISTRATION IS CLOSED 

We will be getting wild with color in this class! Oil pastel, watercolor, mixed media and tempera painting on paper and wood will give us a lot of tactile skill practice.  Extra large insects, crazy Dali birds and vibrant feathers on wood will be some of our projects. 

Amber Zimmerman is a third generation woman artist. She grew up in her parents art glass shop equipped with a well-stocked art room. Art is a way of life for her and her family. Amber earned her B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Environmental Art, in 2000. She has also taken continued educational workshops in glass fusing, glass casting, glass blowing, painting and natural building. Amber worked several years as a designer and glass fabricator at Silvermoon Studio, her family art studio. She has been active in the local arts community and has participated in several group and solo gallery shows throughout North Central Washington. Among the community events, she also volunteers as an invited artist for Empty Bowls, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Chalk Artist, served 2 years on the board of Artis, lead the Creative Arts for the local 4H chapter, and was the "In House Program Coordinator" at Artis. In 2016 she also began a new business with a friend providing sip and paint classes.  She continues to teach after school arts programs and LEAAP art. She lives an authentic life in a creative handmade house with her husband and two  daughters.


Wednesdays for 4th - 6th Graders: April 11th, 18th and 25th May 2nd and 9th       REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

In this session students will use clay to tell a story.  They will learn the basic ceramic techniques of slab rolling, coil building, and sculpting to create a variety of products. We will explore various methods of surface decoration through textures and colors. 

Mijanou Fortney is a ceramic artist and teacher whose work is influenced by her love of nature and her experiences traveling the world. After she and her family landed in Leavenworth in 2012, Mijanou began her work at the pottery studio at Tierra Learning Center. In addition to creating her pottery there, she also teaches classes to artists of all ages and abilities. She sells her wares at the Leavenworth Farmer’s Market and various other retailers in town as well as on



Thursdays for 1st - 4th Graders: April 12th, 19th and 26th, May 3rd and 10th       REGISTRATION IS CLOSED 

Kids get ready to explore the wild places around Barn Beach Reserve and beyond with special guests from local agencies including the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife. The kids will learn an introduction to leave no trace, fun and safe activities about fire and have a last day campout. Summer adventure is just around the corner- be ready! 

Rachel Bishop received her Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. Since graduating she has been working at a multitude of environmental education organizations across Washington state. Living on the eastside of the Cascades is new to Rachel and she is very excited to connect youth to this beautiful ecosystem. Outside of work you will find Rachel climbing, skiing, mountain biking, basking in the sunshine and/or relaxing with a book.