L.E.A.R.N. Downtown

A New Kind of After-School Program

In the Heart of Downtown Lewisburg

In January of 2018 Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) launched a brand new After-School Program in partnership with The Lewisburg Children’s Museum (LCM).  The program was a tremendous success.  Parents loved that their children were in a safe, engaging environment, and kids just loved the fun-filled program.  LEARN combines free play with structured learning in a way that inspires kids, while BVRA recreation specialists get kids up and moving.  Research shows that time spent outdoors, moving, and engaging in free play is critical to development.   LEARN staff also lead kids in activities that inspire leadership, creativity, and imagination.  Local educators will provide STEM activities so fun that kids won’t even know that they are learning.  Guest educators from Bucknell will bring special projects that focus on engineering, art, and technology.  These activities will be built around quiet homework time.  Healthy snacks will also be provided.

Location & Activities

All activities will take place in and around the Green Space Center.  Formerly the Lewisburg High School, this renovated facility is now home to the Lewisburg Children’s Museum, Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA), and the BVRA Gymnastics Center.   Students from the program will have access to two classrooms in the Children’s Museum, the BVRA Gymnastics Gym, and expansive outdoor green space.  With a convenient location in the heart of downtown Lewisburg,  participants will be in walking distance to Hufnagle Park, many downtown locations, and have access to an easy bus stop.  Students who commute to the program by bus will be met at the stop by our staff.  Each week we will follow a general schedule of themes each day.

  • Monday– Outdoor Focus on Nature & Games (Poor weather alternate: LEARN Players theater workshops)
  • Tuesday– Behind the scenes time at the Lewisburg Children’s Museum
  • Wednesday– Art
  • Thursday– Science, Engineering, & Technology (S.T.E.M.)
  • Friday– Gymnastics

A bus stop has been added that will drop students off in Dale’s Alley near Door #9 of the Green Space Center.  Staff will meet kids who take advantage of the bus system.  Children can also be dropped off directly at the program, please call in to make arrangements.   Please contact Lewisburg School Transportation directly to place your child on this bus route.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday: 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Staff will be in place after school to meet students arriving by bus or drop off.  All students must be picked up by 6:30 p.m.

Fall and Spring 2019/2020 Pricing

Choose your dates!  We allow you to choose as many or as few dates as you would like through the semester.  You do not have to sign up for full weeks or months with L.E.A.R.N.   We know your schedule is busy and you need flexibility.  

Pre-Registration Rate $12 per day.  Parents can  pre-register for as many days as they would like during the 2020 Spring Semester for $12 per day.  We will ask for specific dates.  However dates can be switched at no cost up to 1 week in advance.

**All dates are non-refundable unless in case of documented illness or emergency.  However, credit can be transferred to another open day.

**Availability is based on a child:staff ratio of 6:1, and the size of our facility.

Spring Schedule

LEARN will start January 2, 2020.  We follow the Lewisburg School District schedule from that date forward.  If they are open and running we are as well.  We will follow any weather closings the district has.  Click here for the 2019-2020 District Calendar.  This document is a resource provided by the school district.  We are not responsible for the documentation.


Program coordinator Rachael Murphy is a graduate of Westminster College where she majored in English and business writing.  She recently joined us after spending a year at Penn State as an Events Coordinator, and she is excited to combine her love of kids with her passion for community programming.

Rachael is joined by Bucknell Student Liaison, Atakora Appiah-Padi.  Atakora is a senior at Bucknell and served as our AmeriCorps Summer Youth Programmer at summer camp in 2018.  Atakora is a counselor at BVRA summer camp where his high-energy personality has made him a favorite among campers.

Several other Bucknell staffers will be joining us, and will be introduced throughout the semester.

Questions? Call the BVRA Office at 570-524-4774, email Rachael directly at programcoordinator@bvrec.org.

Please call or email the office (570).524.4774 programcoordinator@bvrec.org L.E.A.R.N. Downtown
Spring 2020
5-12 Spring 2020 
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Green Space Center
$12 per Day