After-School Programs

During the academic year, CISF is proud to offer after-school programs for all students in grades K – 8! Students can sail, kayak, explore, and learn about our natural world in a variety of after-school programs.

December Programs

Holiday Celebrations & Campfire Crafts

Ages: 1st grade and up
Cost: $10/ program
From 3 – 4:15 pm
Registration for each individual program opens 11/17
Kids sign-up, and parents are welcome to tag along!

• Tuesday, November 29: Holiday Celebration: Hanukkah
Come and celebrate Hanukkah with us! Learn about the holiday and do a Hanukkah craft! 

• Thursday, December 1: Campfire Crafts: Ornament Making
Gather around the fire and create natural homemade ornaments with us using sticks and yarn.

• Tuesday, December 6th: Holiday Celebration: Around the World
Learn about holidays celebrated around the world at this time of year through hidden clues, and then relax around our fire!

• Thursday, December 8th: Campfire Crafts: Wreath Making
For our second campfire craft we will be creating natural wreaths around the fire, using vines foraged around Fort Getty, and with lots of options to decorate them in a festive way!

• Tuesday, December 13th: Holiday Celebration: St Lucia’s Day
Learn about the celebration of St Lucia’s Day, celebrated on this day in Sweden each year, through crafts and a traditional St Lucia procession! If inspired, feel free to dress in white, as that is the traditional attire for children for this holiday!

• Thursday, December 15th: Campfire Crafts: Natural Garland Making
For our final campfire craft we will create festive holiday garlands out of natural materials such as popcorn, cranberries, dried oranges, evergreen cuttings, and more! Students will be shown how to safely use a needle to thread their garlands.

Tuesday, December 20th: Holiday Celebration: Solstice 
The day before the shortest day of the year, come and celebrate the solstice with us in the traditional way of having a bonfire and creating beautiful lanterns!


Session 2: October 18 – November 21

Registration for After-School Programs, Session 2 opens October 11th (7 am)

•  Backyard Explorers, 2:40-4 pm, Grade 3 (Mondays) & Grade 4 (Wednesdays)
This popular after-school program will again be offered during the fall season for grades 3 and 4. The students will explore, adventure, and learn about the natural world. Children will be picked up from their classes and will explore the outdoor environment at school once a week for five weeks with Ms. Haley Barber. The students will be picked up from their classes after school.
Cost: $50
Where: Outside of Melrose School
When: 2:40 – 4 pm, Grade 3, Monday’s; Grade 4, Wednesdays.
(Grade 4 begins October 19th, Grade 3 will begin the following week: Monday, October 24th)

Junior Naturalist Training, Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5 pm, Grades 2 – 4
 Calling all budding naturalists! This program is for all children in grades 2 – 4 who love to be outside and learn about nature. We will practice important naturalist skills such as close observation, identification, and drawing, with a focus on a different area of nature each week, such as: Marine life, plants, birds, insects, and more! At the end of the 5 weeks all participants will earn their own Junior Naturalist badge.
Cost: $90
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent
When: 3:30-5 pm, Tuesday’s

• Outdoor Survival Skills, Wednesdays, 3:30-5 pm, Grades 5-8
Whether you’re planning for your next backyard adventure or a back-country expedition, come learn the basics of how to survive in the WILD!!! Over the course of this five-week program participants will develop an overall understanding and appreciation of what skills are needed and how to prepare to make the most of your outdoor adventures. Some of what participants will learn include the following: how to build and start a fire without a match and cook over it; how to collect and filter water; how to make and use tools; and more!
Cost: $90
Where: Ft. Getty Tent
When: 3:30 – 5 pm

• Nature Art, Thursdays, 3:30-5 pm, Grades 4-6
Join Haley Barber & Fiona Christie to make art using the natural environment. No pencils, no paper needed! Make paint using rocks, create mandalas using items found in nature. Nature’s beauty is everywhere! Come enjoy making art outside with what we find in nature. If your child wants to bring a camera to take photographs, it is welcomed but not necessary!
Cost: $90
Where: Ft. Getty Tent
When: 3:30 – 5 pm

• K-2 Nature Exploration, 3:30 – 5 pm, Friday’s
Children in grades K – 2 are invited to explore the natural world at Fort Getty every Friday. They will spend time exploring and learning about the diverse ecosystems at Fort Getty. Fall is a great season to spend time outside and watch the natural world!
Cost: $90
Where: Fort Getty, CISF tent
When: 3:30-5 pm, Friday’s

Financial Aid is available for CISF Programs

Questions? Contact Meg Myles at

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We strive to make Jamestown Sea Adventure Camp the best that it can be every season. Parent and camper feedback is crucial to our continued success. Please download a survey/feedback form and either mail it in or e-mail it to CISF Executive Director, Meg Myles.