Art Adventure

When: February and March, before spring break. Sessions are held during the school day at Wildwood and before school at O.H. Anderson. 

Art Adventure is a program offered through the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) that engages students with artworks from curated collections through the support of trained school volunteers. Students get to learn about the artworks and then visit the MIA to see them live and in person. 

Volunteer Information

Two to three volunteers are needed for each 1st and 2nd grade classroom at Wildwood. Volunteers attend one 2-hour training session at MIA to learn about the art pieces. Morning and afternoon trainings are held in October, November, and January. 

Volunteers then present on the art pieces during one in class session for approximately 55 minutes. It's a super fun way to spend some time in your kids classroom! Contact for more information or to sign up. 



Card Sharks (WW)

When: Mondays or Tuesdays, November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Wildwood.

Card Sharks is a free math enrichment opportunity for students of all math abilities in grades K-2. Card Sharks focuses on having fun with interactive math. Students get to play a variety of card, dice, movement, and board games to practice and develop math skills. Here is a link to the folder of the games that we've used during sessions, along with link to the instructions. We'd love for you to have fun with some of the games at home, too. Many of these use just a standard deck of cards, dice, or other supplies you may have at home. Participating students will be provided a nut-free snack. 

Card Sharks typically runs twice a year with sessions offered in the fall and spring. 

volunteer Information

Card Sharks is dependent upon volunteers. Spaces available for students are completely dependent on the number of volunteers. You must have the required background check completed before volunteering at Mahtomedi schools.

What do volunteers do?

  • The volunteers take attendance, lead games and serve snack to the kids. All materials are provided. Volunteers are assigned to a group of children (typically 4 children per volunteer, and usually 2-3 volunteers will work together with a group of 8-12 kids).

What is the time commitment?

  • One day a week for approximately one hour and 20 min. Volunteers arrive at the school shortly before the sessions begin at 3:15 to gather supplies from the Card Sharks room (computer lab), and head to their grade-level meeting destinations. They depart around 4:35, after all children have been picked up by parents and supplies have been dropped off. Typically a short (optional) training meeting will be held before fall/spring sessions begin.

What if I would like to volunteer, but I have other children or constraints that I am not sure would work?

  • Please contact us as we can always use help! Since we are totally dependent on volunteers, we do our best to accommodate your needs. In the past it has been common for volunteers to bring their other children with them.



Volunteer Coordinators for Card Sharks are Sybil Hill, Beth Hamen, and Colette Gilbert


Strategy Games (OH)

When: Wednesday mornings, October 4 ,11 ,18, 25 and Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 8:30 a.m. until the bell rings. At O.H. Anderson. A winter session will also be offered.

Students are invited to drop-in to this free before school program to play strategy games like Stratego, Chess, and Checkers. No registration required- just show up and play!

Volunteers are needed to supervise and assist with clean up. Volunteers may bring siblings. Please contact Beth Hamen at if you are available to help for any, or all sessions. 




Lunch in Lab (OH)

When: Once a week, for 4 weeks during winter, at lunch or before school.

Small group science activities with a dragon theme.  Curriculum and supplies are provided. Grade 3 only.





Missoula Children's Theater

When: January 8-13, 2018

The Missoula Children's Theater is a week-long, after-school residency starring 50-60 students, grades K-8, in a full-scale musical. This year's production will be "Treasure Island." See for more information.

Cost: $60 per student, subject to change

Registration: Will be sent home with students in December



Young Anatomists (OH)

When: 5 weeks before school in February and March

Young Anatomist is a free 5-week course available to 4th and 5th graders. Students will learn basic anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems through models, games and interactive experiences. They will also learn about comparative anatomy with chicken wing and cow heart dissections.

Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference given to children who have not participated before.