We believe adventure creates resilience, early exploration fosters life-long curiosity, and time spent learning outdoors is never dull.

After School Ecology Club happens out in the schoolyard and school gardens. We guide students to play, dive into field experiments, and build friendships across grade levels. They’ll explore and discover their school grounds in new ways! Our Garden Ecology Clubs happen in the fall, winter, and spring with seasonal investigations and activities.

Registration for winter is full.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist complete a registration form below or contact Chloe chloe@ecologyoutdoors.org.


Abernethy Garden Ecology Club 2019-2020

ECO’s goal is to create a safe space for children to run, play, experiment, and discover the ecological wonders that are at their own school. We want to connect the dots to demonstrate how we can positively interact with and impact our natural environments while having a memorable after school experience.

Our Abernethy after school program will focus on the ecology of the Garden of Wonders and the surrounding natural space of the school. Abernethy is full of life from the plum tree to the worms composting in the native habitat to the wheat hedgerow. We are excited to explore all of that and so much more with your student.

 Through experiments, art, gardening, and tasting students will build their sense of place, track the changes in the seasons, grow food to share with one another, and build their sense of curiosity.

We meet from 3:00-5:30 PM.

Fall Term runs from August 28, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

Winter Term runs from January 6, 2020 to March 20, 2020

Spring Term runs from March 30, 2020 to June 5, 2020

We will meet every day that school is in session.


What to bring:

Please include an after school snack for your student. If you need assistance, please be in touch with Chloe: chloe@ecologyoutdoors.org.

Weather appropriate clothing. It is never a bad idea to pack an extra pair of socks, wet feet are the worst.

A refillable water bottle.

What to Expect:

Whether it is raining, snowing, or sunny, we will be heading outside. The length of our time spent outside will be based on keeping students safe. We can only be outside for a short amount of time on freezing days and extra hot days. We never go outside if there has been thunder or lightning until it has stopped for 30 minutes.

On rainy days we will continue our outdoor explorations and remind ourselves, there is no bad weather, just bad gear. If your student does not want to wear rain gear all day at school, please do have them bring a rain jacket, boots or an extra pair of shoes and socks, and maybe a hat. Please leave umbrellas at home.

Registration Information:

*ECO is unable to offer refunds but can provide credit if needed to be used at another time or in our summer camp.


How to register:

We require students to be registered per term. We are unable to offer refunds once your registration is complete.

You may enroll for a 2, 3, 4, or 5 day option.

Pricing for WINTER Term

Two Day Option: $550

Three Day Option: $759

Four Day Option: $924

Five Day Option: $1045


  • While we sometimes snack on what is available in the garden, it is important to have everyone getting the appropriate amount of calories to build healthy energy. Please pack a snack for your student to re-energize after school. If you are in need of snack assistance for your student, please contact chloe@ecologyoutdoors.org.

  • If school is closed for any reason, Garden Ecology Club will not meet. In the event of snow days, ECO will add make-up days in June to align with any PPS adjustments that extend the school year.

  • ECO is unable to offer refunds but can provide credit if needed to be used at another time or in our summer.

  • We will stay inside when the elements are unsafe; lightning/thunder, air quality, freezing temperatures, and accessive heat.
    Questions? Contact chloe@ecologyoutdoors.org

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Chloe our After School Coordinator is a grower of magic, imagination, empathy, and gardens. She is committed to empowering meaningful and playful relationships between children and the earth. Chloe has worked as a garden educator for summer camps, learning gardens, and public schools. She holds a Masters of Science from Portland State University's, Leadership for Sustainability Education program. She looks forward to exploring the fall season at Abernethy, in all its teachings and wonder.

Chelsea our After School Educator grew up on the Georgia coast, playing in the marshes and on the beaches and climbing Southern Live Oak trees. She studied Environmental Biology in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina and Environmental Education in the North Cascades of Washington. Chelsea is passionate about the world’s wild places, from the deep backcountry to the backyard garden, and works to share that with students of all ages. She has experience teaching naturalist and wilderness skills to students from preschool age to adults. In her free time, she enjoys climbing, mountaineering, practicing ethnobotany, and wandering in search of plants and animal sign. She is excited to be on the ECO team as an Educator, teaching After School and Elementary programs.