Discover After School is an after-school program engaging middle school students in community activities that encourage connecting with nature through ecological investigations. The activities – such as place-based art projects, maker spaces, journaling time, and photography – help youth express their own stories. The program provides a safe, informal, and inclusive after-school space for middle schoolers to spend time outdoors and develop a closer relationship with nature. Discover After School participants may get dirt and/or paint on their clothes; please plan accordingly. Sign up to discover your own stories and nature’s stories from new perspectives! All supplies included. Cost: Free
Off-Site: Each Discover After School meeting starts at the La Grande Middle School picnic tables; two instructors and the middle schoolers then walk to Pete’s Pond. The program also includes a field trip to a different location during one of the six sessions. The field trip location may be subject to change due to inclement weather and/or accessibility needs of the group. Pete’s Pond, a Blue Mountains Conservancy property, is on Miller Avenue, one mile south of La Grande Middle School. Access the property via the south end of Second Street .
Discover After School is a collaboration between Art Center East and La Grande Parks and Recreation. The following businesses and organizations support Discover After School by donating their time and materials: NAKNUWITHLAMA TIICHAMNA – CARETAKERS OF THE LAND, COOK MEMORIAL LIBRARY,GREATER OREGON STEM HUB, GRANDE RONDE MODEL WATERSHED, and BLUE MOUNTAINS CONSERVANCY.
If you are under 18 years old and have not already filled out a youth release form for this class, CLICK HERE to fill one out!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please reach out and let us know. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Registration cancellations & transfers must be made through Art Center East at (541) 624-2800 48 hours or more before the class start time. We cannot issue refunds or transfers for cancellations received after the 48-hour cutoff. Exceptions will be considered for medical or family emergencies. ACE will honor a refund, minus a $10 administration fee when the cancellation is made 48 hours or more before class start date. When a class is canceled due to low enrollment, we will issue a refund for all registration fees. ACE will contact you in the event of a cancellation. Face coverings will be required in accordance with statewide regulations current at the time.