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Clark Fork School Environmental Leadership After-School Programs
Let Missoula's great outdoors stimulate your child's curiosity!

Clark Fork School offers place-based after-school programs for children 2-years-old through 5th grade. All activities focus on having fun in the out-of-doors and deepening students' connection to the Missoula Valley.

Enrollment for Fall 2017 will open to the public on April 10th.

Clark Fork School offers three after school programs, each enagaging children in developmentally appropriate outdoor experiences:

Bear Grass After School Program - The Bear Grass After School Program is for children in 2nd through 5th Grade. Bear Grass provides a safe and fun after school program that cultivates students' curiosity, develops leadership skills, and instills an ethic of care for the natural world. 2017-2018 Beargrass Enrollment Form (pdf)

Kinnikinnick After School Program - The Kinnikinnick After School Program is for children going into Kindergarten & 1st Grade. Kinnikinnick fosters a sense of wonder for the natural world by connecting students to the einvironment and community through positive outdoor experiences. 2017-2018 Kinnikinnick Enrollment Form (pdf)

Shooting Stars After School Program - The Shooting Stars After School Program is for children age 2-5years old. Shooting Stars is a fun-filled after school program for the youngest nature lovers. Experience the joy and beauty of the natural world in our own backyard. 2017-2018 Shooting Star Enrollment Form (pdf)

Wonder. Learn. Grow.

Clark Fork School kids thrive outside. 

Did you know...?

** The average child in the U.S. will spend more than 47 HOURS per week involved in a "screen time" activity, but less than 30 MINUTES per week in unstructured outdoor play.

** Most environmentalists attribute their dedication to extensive time spent outside during childhood with a trusted adult who demonstrated respect for nature.

Contact with nature has been shown to provide the following benefits in children:

  • Increases feelings of self-efficacy, self-worth, self-confidence, and personal acceptance
  • Increases creativity and intellectual development 
  • Promotes a positive body image
  • Decreases depression, anxiety, concentration difficulties, hyperactivity, and risk of substance abuse
  • Improves physical fitness, which protects against coronary heart disease, colorectal and breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and bone density problems.
  • Increases production of Vitamin D, which protects against bone disease, muscle weakness, internal cancers, Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and immune system irregularities.