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New! School Day Drop-in Progam

Posted Aug 27, 2020


Leann Sestak
Communication Coordinator 
Phone Work: (814) 836-6180 
Email: lsestak@asburywoods.org


Erie, PA (August 27, 2020) - Asbury Woods creates new program designed to support students on days when they are not attending in-person classes at their school. 

“The intention is to provide a fun, engaging, nature-based experience for students to do on days they are not attending in-person classes while still supporting their remote learning,” said Kelley Lang, Director of Education and Community Programs.

The School Day Drop-in program offers the option of attending a morning and/or an afternoon session on Mondays and/or Thursdays. During these sessions, Asbury Woods education staff will create a positive, supportive learning environment for students currently in grades 1 – 4. 

“Elementary students benefit from adult support to help them to get their schoolwork complete on days when they are not in the classroom. At this age, students may not be able to work independently for long periods of time, while parents are also working remotely.  It’s a challenging situation all-around and Asbury Woods is ready to be a resource to families,” added Jennifer, Executive Director.

Children may attend the morning session and/or the afternoon session one or both days per week. Both sessions will provide time for completing assigned schoolwork as well as STEM enrichment activities and outdoor exploration. Included with both sessions is the option for students to bring a sack lunch from home and have lunch at Asbury Woods. Morning extended care is available as an add-on for morning session participants.

Program Details

DatesMondays and Thursdays, September 14 – November 20

Ages: Students in grades 1 – 4, limited to 14 students per session

Time:  Morning Session 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Afternoon session: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Morning care: 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Location: Andrew J. Conner Nature Center

Cost: $25/ daily session (morning or afternoon) OR $90 full-day/both days (Monday and Thursday) 

Morning extended care add-on fee: $15

COVID-19 safety precautions: All COVID-19 safety precautions such as social distancing, mask wearing and cleaning/sanitizing routines will be observed.


The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access.  The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 87,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate education and community outreach programs.