After-School Program
West Seattle, WA, 98116

Encouraging a connection and awe of the natural world wherever you can find it.

Program Details

Type of Program

After-School Program

Preferred Ages

4 year olds


Schmitz Park

Location Type


Total Spots


Program Description

ABOUT CURIOSCITY: CuriosCITY is engaging and exploring the natural world in an urban environment. This program will help young people dig deeper in caring for the natural world and what makes them curious. CuriousCITY will allow children to learn, play, and engage their senses in the world just outside their front door! If your child spends time wondering how the natural world works, this is for you! Using urban hikes, adventure walks, natural collections, and games, your child will explore different habitats from afar and up close. CuriousCITY will reveal the magic of the natural world to young people while giving them a sense of place among this great, wide world. *While safety is always paramount (lightning, high winds, etc), the program is rain or shine. With appropriate gear, the young ones find a way to have fun no matter the weather! ACTIVITIES: Adventure walks and urban hikes. Using binoculars and magnifying glasses to explore what is farthest away and what lives up close. Nature inspired art. Exploring both fresh water creek and tide pools of the Salish Sea. Playing games. Record in nature journals, even for pre-literate kids.

Taught by Dana Beaudry Elsner

Background Check Confirmed

Dana is a lifelong resident of Seattle and has lived in West Seattle since 2009. Dana is a graduate of Garfield High School and Western Washington University, where she majored in outdoor recreation. Dana has worked with children in many capacities: summer nanny, camp counselor, environmental educator, surf instructor, as an educator at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, teacher at Tiny Trees outdoor preschool and currently as a preschool educator.

Outside of the classroom, Dana coaches high school soccer at Seattle Prep and enjoys being outside. Dana loves opportunities that provide energy releases (preferably outside such as walks, riding bikes, and yard work), creative releases (knitting, sewing, art projects, and story-telling) and curiosity opportunities (low tide investigating of Salish Sea marine invertebrates, stargazing, and solving problems alongside young minds). Dana is married to Brian and mother to two active and creative sons, Lincoln (11) and Felix (8).

CPR Certified

Cost & Availability

Part Time$194 per month


Tuesday1:30pm – 4:00pm
Thursday1:30pm – 4:00pm
- Rachel

I've witnessed Teacher Dana in an outdoor classroom and this is her JAM! Her enthusiasm and love of nature is infectious! Can't wait to see what amazing experiences she's offering through CuriousCITY

Program Location Details

With a base location of a garage attached to Weekday Founders' home, participants will have a lockable, dry location that is less than a mile from a multitude of amazing locations to explore in the natural world from tide pools to old growth forests.

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