Enrichment and Education

 

Winnetka Community House offers classes on a variety of subjects for all ages. Whether you’re looking for activities for toddlers, school aged children, adults or even dogs, WCH offers it!

Classes include:

  • Next Program Starts: 02/28/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 127

Puppy Class is designed to provide a positive environment for socialization of puppies to a variety of people as well as dogs. Early socialization has been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of both human and dog directed aggression, as well as anxiety and fear based behavior problems. Other topics discussed include house training, mouthing, leadership, sitting and recall. This class is appropriate for puppies ages 2-4 months old. Dogs must have received at least two rounds of vaccinations prior to attending. If not, please plan to attend class without your dog until all vaccinations are administered. No retractable leashes allowed


  • Next Program Starts: 02/28/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 127

Obedience 101 teaches the basics of obedience including sit, down, stand, recall (coming when called), stay and heel - everything your companion dog needs to know! Both verbal commands and hand signals will be used. Dogs of any age may take this class. Positive reinforcement techniques will be used, so please bring food rewards or a small toy with you to class. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 02/28/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 127

Obedience 102 is focused on honing the skills of Obedience 101. Additional levels of difficulty and distractions will be added. Dogs of any age may enroll provided they have a basic knowledge of basic obedience commands: sit, down, recall (coming when called) stay, and heel. Children training dogs must be at least 14 years old. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 03/29/17
  • Instructor: Fisher, Mary
  • Ages: 3 - 5

Come and enjoy a day celebrating spring with Ms. Mary & Ms Elyse. Children will be doing spring art & cooking projects and learning all about spring. Children must be toilet trained to participate in this class.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/03/17
  • Instructor: Science, Mad
  • Ages: 6 - 11

Some of the spectacular science program topics developed with NASA we will explore include Planets and Moons, Space Phenomena, Rocket Science, Living in Space and more. Each young Mad Scientist will also make some great take home projects including a Cosmic Chronometer, Lightening Launcher, a real launchable model rocket and more. All materials are included.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/03/17
  • Instructor: Science, Mad
  • Ages: 4 - 5

Join Mad Science for loads of hands-on science fun. Each week will involve experiments and exploration designed for younger scientists. There will be lots of fun and exciting science topics to investigate and things to take home. All materials are included.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/05/17
  • Instructor: Staff, Tiny Treks
  • Ages: 5 - 6

Tiny Treks is an innovative program for families who want to teach their children about the world through exploration of their natural surroundings. We believe children learn best through hands-on experiences which build self-esteem and encourage a love of nature. In this class activities will include short stimulating hikes in a variety of outdoor settings, music, art projects and games. Please bring a nut free lunch with a drink. Winnetka Public School District 36 will bus your child to our facility. Please inquire through the district office.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/05/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 127

8 weeks to 6 months. Learn how to help transition your dog from being a sweet puppy to the faithful dog you've always wanted. This class will teach you the reasoning behind a puppy's thought process as well as the prevention of and response to unwanted behavior. You will learn the techniques of using body language to communicate to your puppy what is acceptable and what is not. Other essential puppy how-tos will be provided such as basic grooming, simple, commands and vet visits. Teaching your puppy should not be time-consuming or painful. This class will teach you the best ways to train your dog while still living your life. Beginning the socialization process during puppyhood ensures that your dog will more likely grow to be well adjusted and highly adaptable to other dogs, people and situations.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/05/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 127

All Ages. You may have heard the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." There is always hope of teaching your dog new tricks, it just requires forming some new habits. Learn the basic commands of sit, down, stay, heel and come. Solve some of the common issues or problems that you have with your dog. This class will teach you how to effectively train your dog while maintaining your lifestyle. If you begin to think like your dog and understand the proper communication, your dog will eventually become an extension of you.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/05/17
  • Instructor: Fisher, Mary
  • Ages: 1 - 2

Moms and tots come play and learn as we see how much fun it is to be a toddler! We will have lots of exploring time plus an art project, a story and snack to end a day of fun. An adult must accompany each child. No siblings are allowed. Please bring a sippie cup for your child.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/06/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 127

All Ages. For dogs that are well-behaved off-leash. This class is mainly for fun and exercise with your dog. Mellow out your high-energy dog on walks with the extra workout techniques you will learn. Agility training can also help more insecure dogs build confidence through learning how to overcome things that might seem "scary" (i.e. obstacles, jumps, etc.). Not only is this class a great form of physical activity, it also builds trust between you and your dog as you are there to assure them through obstacles. Almost everything taught in the agility class can be easily translated to your daily walks.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/06/17
  • Instructor: Jayko, Michael
  • Ages: 14 - 127

All Ages. For dogs that are well-behaved off-leash. This class is mainly for fun and exercise with your dog. Dogs must have either taken Beginner Agility class or prove to be proficient on all of the agility equipment.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/07/17
  • Instructor: Fisher, Mary
  • Ages: 4 - 6

Come over and have lunch and fun with your friends! Come and take a different journey each week. Come be a pirate and look for treasures one week and the next week become a chef and bake cookies. New adventures awaits you. We will learn through various art media, simple cooking projects, stories and more. Please bring a peanut-free lunch with a drink to class. Please notify us ahead of time if your child needs to be picked up from Winnetka Community Nursery School.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/25/17
  • Instructor: Trotter, Ashlee
  • Ages: 14 - 127

Rally is a fun spin on traditional obedience for both the dog and the handler. Rally is a sport in which all dogs are encouraged to participate. Purebred or mixed breed, every dog can learn the fundamentals for Rally. Dogs must have strong heeling skills to take this course. In rally an enthusiastic attitude and wagging tail are as important as precision. In fact, handlers are not only allowed to, but encouraged to positively reinforce their dogs during the competition with verbal praise, petting and even food rewards! Dogs and handlers should both appear to be enjoying the work and each other's company. No retractable leashes allowed.


  • Next Program Starts: 04/29/17
  • Instructor: Staff, Winnetka Community House
  • Ages: 7 - 12

Here is the chance for your 7 to 12 year old to sell outgrown clothes and toys for fun and profit. The event is open to the public for shopping. There must be one adult per table. Registration must be received by April 22.