We have after school programs Monday - Thursday, from 3:15 -5pm.  The cost is $20 per student, per day.  There may be supply fees for special projects.  Parents pay for the entire semester up front to the teacher.  All students need to bring a hearty snack to eat after school.  

2017-18 Classes:

Mondays: Outdoor Survival Skills

Tuesdays: Dance

Wednesdays: STEAM

See below for more information.

After School STEAM* Program

Taught by Megan Flaherty

*STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

Activities will encourage creative problem solving and hands-on projects.

Each week will have new activities.


After school program at Running River with a STEAM focus.

Activities will encourage creative problem solving and hands-on projects.

Junior STEAMers: 

Junior STEAMers is best suited for those children who need to unwind after school and less structured exploratory activities. Suggested ages K-5th grades.

Example Activities:

vExplorations with water, ice and color

vMaking slime variations

vExplorations with magnets

vEngineering challenges

vFun with chemical reactions

Senior STEAMers: 

Senior STEAMers is best suited for children who want to explore more deeply concepts and the design process. The children will be using problem solving and the scientific process to refine and adapt their creations and design science experiments. Suggested ages 4th – 8th grades.

Example Activities:

vTesting different slime recipes and designing your own recipe

vBuild and test a mini wind turbine

vMake your own agar plates and tests for bacteria

vAdapting and refining a rubber band or balloon car for distance

vTesting variables in chemical reactions

Survival Skills Class: Fiber/Crafts, Fire Making, Shelter Building

Taught by Mary Sweeney Director of Way of the Wild

Wild Fibers for Lashing and Crafts: Develop a relationship with plants that can yield fibers to be used for survival purposes. Learn what processes are needed to harvest fibers to make strands of different strengths and softness. Consider time of year location, proper preparation of fibers, reverse weave of fibers, slicing, uses of cordage including weaving nets,  containers, jewelry and lashing.

Products produced include five 3 inch, labeled lengths of different types of rope.

•    A net, container or basket.

•    A 6 ft length of lashing group project.

•    An anklet or necklace

•    A personal project such as a bow string for a small self bow, a cod for a hat, a primitive belt.

Fire making: Learn four different ways of making fire including use of matches, lighters, strikers, batteries and steel wool magnifying glasses and bow drill fire by friction. Fire structures and use of local materials in different environmental conditions will be discussed.

Skills achieved:

•    Success with two fire making methods

•    Effective construction of a fire structure for starting fires (tipi structure, log cabin structure, lean to structure)

•    Choosing affective materials form off the land.

Building Shelter: Learn various principles of shelter construction applicable to survival.  Apply these to creating shelter with different levels of technology. Learn to insulate shelters. Students are expected to learn two demonstrate two basic shelter methods.

Topics and Skills covered:

•    Taking care of your skin.

•    Insulated and water proofing your clothing

•    Best materials for outdoors.

•    Effects of weather on your body

•    Putting up a tent

•    Building a lean-to

•    Using fires reflection against a snow wall or rock wall.

•    Using debris for ground insulationDebris shelter

•    Snow cave.

Knife class:

 For new and previous students. (new or a refresher)

•    Basic knife usage, sharpening, use and techniques.

•    Choosing the right knife for the right purposes.

•    Knife safety and care.

Mary Margaret Sweeney, PhD has devoted her life to the study of how people learn and develop. Her teaching career spans almost 40 years. She has mentored children and adults in primitive wilderness skills since 2003.  Since 1988 Mary has taught applied and theoretical psychology and education in various colleges and corporations. The healing power of nature in her own life inspired her to pursue combining these career interests. Mary has a passion for role modeling connection to nature as a path to greater awareness of self and others. She serves by sharing with others her knowledge and skills.  Mary draws on her practice of energy work, dream work, primitive skills, sacred hunting, fishing and ceremony to inform her program design.

Choreography and Composition with Dance!

Taught by Lauren Beale

Dance is poetry of the body, an expression of our self, our dreams, our desires through movement. Dance is a way of telling stories beyond words. This after school session is for kids interested in exploring what it means to make a dance. Throughout each class, we will engage in movement improvisations from a diverse range of dance styles geared towards connecting with the way you feel inspired to move. We will investigate how to express ideas, emotions, concepts, images, and stories through you body with dance!  We will also study and explore different dance making techniques regarding the use of space, time, movement, and music! We will engage different writing prompts, discussions, and video watching to connect to who you are and what you would like to express through the art of dance. This session will end with a showing of the dances made throughout our time! All Levels of dance training and experience, as well as all dance styles are welcome to attend!