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 fall is FULL.

If you would like to be added to the waitlist or notified about winter registration 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 so excited to explore all of that and so much more with your student.

ECO provides the opportunity for students to become naturalists, ecologists, and agriculturists as we move through the different outdoor spaces to understand how they are different and how they work together.  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.

Fall Term runs from August 28, 2019 to December 20, 2019. We meet from 3:00-5:30 PM.

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.

We require students to be registered per term. You may enroll for a 2, 3, 4, or 5 day option. Complete your registration HERE to choose the days of the week you would like your student to join the Garden Ecology Club!


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.

Complete your registration HERE to choose the days of the week you would like your student to join the Garden Ecology Club!

Pricing for FALL Term

Two Day Option: $800

Three Day Option: $1104

Four Day Option: $1344

Five Day Option: $1520

Fall Term: August 28, 2019 - December 20, 2019 (REGISTRATION IS FULL)

Winter Term: January 6, 2020 - March 20, 2020 (REGISTRATION FOR WINTER TERM BEGINS OCTOBER 1st)

Spring Term: March 30, 2020 - June 5, 2020 (REGISTRATION FOR SPRING TERM BEGINS JANUARY 27th)


  • 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. We recommend protein-based snacks like yogurt, lunch meat, or cheese and/or some sort of fruit or vegetable. If you are unable to provide a snack for your student, please contact Lauren@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


Chloe our After School Coordinator is a grower of magic, imagination, empathy, and gardens. She is committed to empowering meaningful and playful connections 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.