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 program.  LEARN combines the free play with structured learning in a way that inspires kids.  BVRA recreation specialists get kids up and moving.  Research shows that time spent outdoors, moving, and engaging in free play is critical to development.   They'll 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 Huffnagle 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 staff.  Each week we will follow a general schedule of themes each day.  

  • Monday- Outdoor Focus on Nature & Games
  • Tuesday- Science, Engineering, & Technology
  • Wednesday- Art
  • Thursday- Behind the scenes time at the Lewisburg Children's Museum 
  • 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 to the Lewisburg Children's Museum.   Please contact Lewisburg School Transportation directly to place your child on this bus route.

Hours of Operation

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

Spring 2019 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.  Pre-registration for the after-school program will open on Saturday, December 1st.  Parents who register before January 2, 2019 can  pre-register for as many days during the 2018 Spring Semester as they would like, at $12 per day.  We will ask for specific dates.  However dates can be switched at no cost up to 1 week in advance.  

Mid-Semester Registration $14 per day.  If space is available, a child may register at any point in the semester.  

**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.  


Program coordinator Marah Biddle is a graduate of Lock Haven University where she majored in sports administration.  She has been a Teacher at Nature School for the last two years and is currently a Teacher at our Nature After Noon Program.  Marah is joined by her sister Sarah Biddle who also attended Lock Haven University with a major in Sports Administration and Atakora Appiah-Padi.  Atakora is a sophomore at Bucknell and served as our AmeriCorps Summer Youth Programmer at summer camp in 2018.  Atakora is a favorite counselor at BVRA summer camp and your child will love his high energy approach to learning.

Questions?!? Call the BVRA Office at 570-524-4774 or email Marah directly at recreation@bvrec.org

Please note:  This program requires pre-registration.   Click on the button below to register for the dates you wish your child(ren) to attend for Fall 2018.  This is done through on online form.  Once you complete this form, a BVRA staff member will contact you to complete registration.  Spring 2019 registration will open in November.  Kids enrolled  in the Fall will receive priority registration for the spring.   

L.E.A.R.N. Downtown
Spring 2019

5-12 Spring 2019 
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Green Space Center
$12 per Day

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