After School Adventures

A program for kids to play, connect, and explore!

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After School Adventures

A program for kids to play, connect, and explore!

I’m in, sign me up! What are the details?

  • Where

    Located at Mount Hermon’s Ponderosa Lodge. Mount Hermon has a unique outdoor environment to offer: You’ll stand in the shadow of old growth redwoods, play around native oaks and ponderosa pines, run wild on a large open grassy field, dip your feet in the cool clear water of shady creeks, wander on winding nature trails, and explore!

  • When

    Every day after school for 1st–5th graders. After School Adventures begins January 8th. Registration open now!

      • M T TH F
      • 2:30–6:15pm
      • Wednesday
      • 1:45–6:15pm
  • How

      • School Bus Drop Off
      • Duck Bus (SLVE)
      • Individual Drop Off
      • Park at roundabout & bring child to Lodge

    Address
    Ponderosa Lodge
    4600 Graham Hill Rd
    Felton, CA 95018

How Much

  • 5 Days

    $440

    per child per month
    Registration Open! First Priority.

  • 2 Days

    $254

    per child per month
    Registration Opens Dec 14th

  • Wed Only

    $180

    per child per month
    Registration Opens Dec 21st

  • Payments due monthly on or before the 5th.
  • Payments made after the 5th will be charged a late fee: $50.
  • If the 5th falls on a weekend, payment is due the Friday before.
  • If payment is not made by the 20th, your spot will be dropped and filled by the waitlist.
  • Yearly Registration Fee: $75 per family
  • Late Pick-up Fee: $25 after 5 minutes. Then $2 per minute after that.
  • 10% Discount on monthly fees for 2nd Child.
  • 15% Discount for Mount Hermon Residents
  • Need financial assistance? Please inquire to see if you qualify!
  • 831-334-0092
  • after.school@mounthermon.org
  • We require 2 weeks notice for cancelling

Open House!

Come see our facilities and get a taste of our program!

Open House!

Tour our facilities and trails, meet our staff, and experience what it's like to have an After School Adventure!

December 14th 3–6pm at Ponderosa Lodge

kids at play

Is After School Adventures right for you and your child?

At After School Adventures we expect to get dirty and wet, walk barefoot, get scrapes, have fun, make memories & mudpies. Outdoor play and exploration are our priorities. Here’s a snapshot of our day:

  • PLAY

    When kids arrive we want them to have the freedom to unwind however they need to. There will be activities available and qualified staff ready to meet kids needs.

    Soccer
    Field Games
    Nature Crafts
    Quiet spots
    Frisbee
    Gardening
  • CONNECT

    We will take time to gather, have a snack, and share about our days. Then we will have quiet time for homework, rest, and reflection.

    Snacks
    Highs & Lows
    Connection
    Team Building
    Solo Time
    Hammocks
    Homework Space
    Deep Breaths
  • EXPLORE

    Every day we will spend time exploring nature. We’ll explore creeks and redwood groves, and wander along forest trails with our field guides joining our adventures.

    Creek Exploration
    Flora & Fauna Identification
    Trail Hikes
    Environmental Stewardship
    Wilderness Survival Skills
    Add on Adventures!

Did you know that the average child in the US spends only 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors?

kids at play

Did you know that the average child in the US spends only 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors?

Research says that time in nature lowers stress, improves physical and mental health, promotes compassion, builds confidence and helps children to do better in school.

We desire to reach out and meet our local community need for a wholesome place for children after school by offering a unique outdoor program. We care about reconnecting children with the beauty of the natural world. Our aim is to provide a loving environment where children can play, be themselves, and explore all that our unique setting has to offer—creek exploration, nature walks, redwood groves, field play and adventure activities.

Our Christian camp has a rich history with the natural environment and was chosen in part for its rich natural setting. The early founders describe our location this way:

It consists of hills and valleys, forests, streams, and springs. There are uplands with charming scenery and pine plateau with mountain air and singing pines. There are lowlands with madrones and silent redwoods. Nature has done her best.

We want to offer this beauty to the kids of our community. Our hope is that through extended time exploring the outdoors children in our program will experience the love of Jesus as revealed through creation, be refreshed and renewed.

Come join us and let’s have an adventure!

Our Values

  • Relationship Based

    We start with relationships. That’s the foundation. We want to nurture positive relationships with ourselves, each other, Jesus, and nature. We’re all connected. We’re in this together.

  • Grace Filled

    We desire to be a caring and grace-filled presence in your child’s life. We think that giving free and open ended time in nature back to children is an incredible grace—something they might not know that they desperately need.

  • Knowing Nature

    Nature is an integral part of our lives, it’s more than a backdrop or something to look at. We want children to come to know nature and rediscover a sense of awe and wonder for the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do you do when it rains?

    As an outdoor program, we will still play outside when it rains so we ask that parents send their children dressed for the weather. Some of our most exciting explorations will occur when the weather is changing! For extreme weather conditions, we have indoor spaces available to us and alternative activities planned.

  • Is this safe?

    Yes and no. Yes, in that we take the safety of our children very seriously. We set clear expectations and boundaries in all outdoor activities to manage risks. We maintain a 12 to 1 ratio or better at all times. Our staff goes through extensive safety training and are well prepared for emergency situations. We comply with all public health standards for organized camps and have access to a health technician on the Mount Hermon property. Upon registration you will receive a parent handbook outlining all of our policies and procedures in detail.

    No, in that your child may get occasional scrapes and bumps as they explore the outdoors. We might encounter stinging nettle, poison oak or get stung by a bee. While an adult is always present, we desire to give children a reasonable amount of space and freedom to explore in nature. For example, children may choose to walk on logs, go barefoot, and climb rocks or tree stumps. In fact, the more a child tries out their abilities and becomes familiar with their environment the less accidents they will have as the grow in awareness, confidence and dexterity.

  • Are your staff fingerprinted? Do they have first aid training?

    Yes. All staff have clear background checks, have been fingerprinted, and are up to date with first aid and CPR.

  • What should my child wear and bring?

    Anything you wear to After School Adventures may come home dirty or wet so children may want to pack a change of clothes for after school if they don’t want their school clothes to get dirty. You may want to bring your child a towel to sit on in the car ride home or another change of clothes if you have plans afterwards.

    • Bring clothes fit for the weather.
    • Wear closed toed shoes.
    • Bring a water bottle and a snack. (please note that we are a nut free zone.)
  • What is your discipline policy?

    Many common problems in the classroom or indoors simply do not arise in the outdoor environment. Want to run? That’s fine! Want to shout? That’s OK too! Want to make a big mess? Totally cool. Many children who struggle with structured indoor environments will thrive in the outdoor environment where free exploration is the norm. In all of our outdoor activities we set clear boundaries and make sure children understand the reasons behind rules especially regarding safety. We include children in setting group expectations and encourage them to hold each other accountable. We use positive discipline strategies with children. We care deeply about upholding an environment where children feel safe. On rare occasions a child may be asked to leave our program if the safety of others, (emotionally, physically or otherwise), was consistently being compromised.

  • Are there discounts?

    Yes, click here to see if you are eligible.

  • Do you serve children with special needs?

    It is our hope that in the future we can respond with a resounding, YES. At this time, we are not equipped to serve children needing 1:1 assistance. Currently, we are able to serve children with special needs on a case by case basis. Please do not hesitate to inquire and even if the answer is no, do feel free to check back with us as our program grows.

  • What is your ratio of teachers to students?

    1:12 or better

Location

Ponderosa Lodge
4600 Graham Hill Rd Felton CA 95018

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Santa Cruz Mountains | Ponderosa Lodge

The Santa Cruz Mountains camp center includes the Conference Center, Ponderosa Lodge and Redwood Camp.