Thoreau Park Discovery Center

  • Welcome to the Thoreau Park Discovery Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center.  This federally funded program is a FREE after-school program designed to serve 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students attending Ridge-Brook and Thoreau Park Elementary schools.  The Discovery Center is located at Thoreau Park Elementary School.  Ridge-Brook students are provided free transportation after school to Thoreau Park to participate in the Discovery Center program.

    The Discovery Center provides a safe environment for students to participate in homework help, tutoring and enrichment activities in technology, the arts, character education, physical fitness, and many more areas of interest.  Students will have the opportunity to attend field trips.  Families are invited every week to participate in our “family fun nights”.  We will also enjoy field trips to exciting places such as the Cleveland Metroparks and museums. 

Program Information

  • The Discovery at Thoreau Park is open Monday – Friday 3:30 – 6:00 PM.  Students should attend all five days but must attend at least four days.  We will also be offering 2 ½ hours of family engagement every week.  Due to the pandemic, family engagement will usually be held virtually.  This is a very popular program and space is limited. Students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.   We will maintain a wait list. 

     We offer three sessions.  Once a student is enrolled, we ask that they attend the entire session.  

    •  Session #1                October 4 – December 10
    •  Session #2                January 3 – March 11
    •  Session #3                March 28 – May 20

    When school is closed, the Discovery Center will also be closed.

    Parents and/or guardians are responsible for arranging a way home for their child each day from Thoreau Park Elementary school.  Pick up time is 6:00 PM.  If your child will be absent or need to leave early, please contact the Discovery Center office at 440-885-8379.

    Registration packets can be completed online, downloaded and emailed to the site coordinator Laura Coufalic at  They can also be found in the elementary office.

    CLICK HERE: Registration Packet and Information

Thoreau Park Discovery Center Information

  • Laura Coufalik is the Site Coordinator at the Thoreau Park Discovery Center
    Office: (440) 885-8379
    Cell: (440) 221-5685

    Discovery Center Calendar

    All 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grade students attending Ridge-Brook and Thoreau Park Elementary Schools are invited to join us at the Discovery Center.

    • Session #1 October 4 – December 10
    • Session #2 January 3 – March 11
    • Session #3 March 28 – May 20

Program Information