Kids Unplugged! (Grades K-8)


Get your child unplugged and outside, exploring nature, hiking, imagining, growing food, making friends, and having fun! Our activities follow the seasons and children have a choice of activities at each weekly class.

Fall is for hiking in West Rock Park, harvesting and cooking from the farm, caring for farm animals, and playing in the woods! We will build forts, hold chickens, have campfires, play games, and make home made pizza.

Winter is time for snowshoeing, building snow forts, following wild animal tracks in the snow, making maple syrup, cooking and baking in our teaching kitchen, and enjoying nature arts.

Springtime brings baby farm animals, wildflowers, and gardens to be planted! We will dig in the dirt, wade in streams, play and hike in the woods, care for baby chickens, and make new friends! Our full year program is joined by additional friends who are enrolled in the Spring Only option for the last 8 weeks of spring.

Some activities are mixed age group and others are divided by age.


Our staff are experienced adult teachers and environmental educators who have significant experience with teaching and caring for children and having fun in nature! Our teachers are joined by high school counselors who are enthusiastic and valued program assistants. We have one teacher and one counselor for every 12 children (1:6 ratio), plus a program manager who is on site during all program hours.


FREE bus transportation available from any New Haven Public School with a dismissal time between 2:50 – 3:30 PM.

A yellow school bus will pick up your child from school and transport to Common Ground. Parents must pick-up from Common Ground promptly at 5:30 PM – no return transportation is available. Children from any school (New Haven or any other town) are eligible to attend! If transportation is not offered from your child’s school you may drop off your child at Common Ground between 3:15 – 3:30 PM.


Limited financial aid is available to qualified applicants from any town. Apply online HERE or – download an application HERE.

Spring 2017 ONLY Session: 8 classes

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays from 3:15 – 5:30. Children may attend one, two, or three days per week.

TUESDAYS: April 4 – June 6.
  • $125 (approx $15 per day)
  • CLOSED April 11 and April 18
THURSDAYS: April 6 – June 8:
  • $125 (approx $15 per day)
  • CLOSED April 13 and April 20
FRIDAYS: April 7 – June 9:
  • $125 (approx $15 per day)
  • CLOSED April 14 and April 21

2016-2017 Full School Year Session: 30 classes

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and/or Fridays from 3:15 – 5:30. Children may attend one, two, or three days per week.

TUESDAYS: Oct 4 – June 6:
  • $475 (approx $15 per day)
  • Closed Nov 22, Dec 20, January 3, April 11, and any Tuesdays that NHPS is closed or has early dismissal (Nov 8, Dec 27, Feb 21, April 18) $475
THURSDAYS: Oct 6 – June 8:
  • $475 (approx $15 per day)
  • Closed Dec 22 and Jan 19 and any Thursdays that NHPS is closed or has early dismissal (Nov 10, Nov 24, Dec 29, Feb 23, April 13, April 20)
FRIDAYS: Oct 7 – June 9:
  • $475 (approx $15 per day)
  • Closed any Fridays that NHPS is closed or has early dismissal (Nov 11, Nov 25, Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 6, Feb 17, Feb 24, April 14, April 21)

Questions? Call Rebecca Holcombe at 203-389-4333 x 1213 or email