March Break Nature Camps

Updated

YWP 2022 March Break Nature Camps: Registration opening February 17th at 12 noon!

Members are entitled to a 10% discount! Before registration, renew or purchase membership here, then use the discount code muskoxrule when registering to receive your member discount. At present, our membership and camp systems are separate – we are hoping to rectify this in future years.

 

About Nature Camps

Gift your child with the opportunity to explore the great outdoors and connect with the world around them. We believe in the importance of positive outdoor experiences to support physical, mental and emotional health. 

Our March Break Nature Camps are all about winter at the wildlife preserve! Sharpen your senses and hone you wilderness survival skills in this hands-on camp. We’ll practice: tracking; shelter-building and fire-building in the snow. Learn how to survive winter as a human & how Yukon wildlife survive winter in the wild and at the preserve.

Nature Camps are week-long day camps for outdoor enthusiasts ages 8-12 and are held at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve between March 7th and 18th, 2022

We make it easy for you – daily transportation to and from Whitehorse is included.

When are Nature Camps for 2022?

Camps run weekly during March break, 7th – 18th March 2022. Each camp is five days in length (Monday to Friday) from 8:30am to 3.45pm. We meet daily at Takhini Elementary School at 8:30am to pick-up your child and again between 3:15pm and 3:45pm for camper drop-off.

Please see our online store for schedule, theme descriptions and up-to-date availability.

What is the cost?

Camps cost $305 + GST / camper / week.

Our prices include transportation to and from Whitehorse.

Member Discount

If you are hold a current YWP Membership, use the code muskoxrule at checkout to get a 10% discount. Please note, we will invoice you for the amount of the discount if you use the code without a valid membership.

Get a Membership!

Go here to buy or renew your membership online.  Memberships are good for 1 year from the date of purchase. Find out more about YWP memberships here.

Who can participate in camp?

To participate in 2022 March Break Camps children must be 8 to 12 years and need to have turned eight (8) years old by December 31st 2021.

    Special Needs and Accommodations
    NOTE: If your child benefits from an inclusion and support worker in school, we welcome this to continue in camp! Please connect directly with us to ensure arrangements can be made!

    Inclusion & Support Workers

    We can typically accommodate support workers. If a typical school day would not be accomplished without a support worker, it is very important to communicate this in advance. Please contact our Manager of Programming & Education at 867-334-3338 / education@yukonwildlife.ca to make arrangements.

    Some things to consider:

    For campers who may experience challenges throughout a typical school day related to learning or behavioural needs, it is essential to be prepared for this to affect their camp experience. Please communicate this prior to the first day of camps, so that staff can prepare to do their best. Our goal is to do everything we can to make camp accessible for all, while ensuring the comfort and safety of all campers. Please let us know any tips or wishes you might have regarding how we can make sure your camper has the best possible experience.

    Cancellation Policy
    NOTE: Cancellation Policy updated due to COVID

    Given the uncertainty we all continue to face, we are keeping our modified cancellation policy for this season. These updates are intended to enable you to make the right choice, should COVID come into your life. As a non-profit charity in these uncertain times, our ability to absorb additional financial stress is also limited. If you need to cancel due to COVID-19, we can provide a full refund; however, we respectfully invite you to consider leaving a portion of your registration fee invested in the program if this is an option for you. Our cancellation policy for March Break 2022 states:

    If cancellation occurs more than two weeks prior to the Nature Camp start date, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve will retain 20 per cent as an administrative fee on refunds. Generally, for cancellations occurring two weeks or less prior to the Nature Camp start date, no refund or transfer will be given.
     
    However, should cancellation within two weeks of the start date or during a Nature Camp be required due to COVID-19 or for compassionate reasons, parents/guardians can submit a request to cancel to education@yukonwildlife.ca, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A prorated refund for the remaining full days (at the time of request) may be provided depending on the circumstances. No shows, missed days during the week, and missed days prior to a cancellation request are not eligible for refunds.
     
    The Yukon Wildlife Preserve reserves the right to cancel camps that are less than half full. In this event, a transfer or full refund will be provided. In the event the Yukon Wildlife Preserve needs to cancel a camp mid-week, a prorated refund for the remaining full days will be provided. 
    Waiting Lists

    Guardians may register their child(ren) on waiting lists through the registration website. In past years we have had waiting lists on almost all weeks. When a spot becomes available, ALL individuals on the list for that week will automatically receive a notice that a space is available. Registration for the newly available spot will be first come, first serve.

    Where do these camps take place?

    The majority of camp takes place at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, located 30 km from downtown Whitehorse. Camps may also include field trips to local attractions.

    The bulk of Nature Camp will be conducted outdoors. Camps are based out of a dedicated 1600 sq. foot learning centre at the heart of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. This space is great for inclement weather.

    How will transportation work?

    YWP staff make daily pick-ups and drop-offs at Takhini Elementary School.

    Our staff will be at the pick-up location from 8:30am to 8:45am to pick-up your child. The bus will depart at 8:45am sharp.

    Our staff will return to Takhini Elementary School at 3:15pm and you must pick up your child by 3:45pm . Late pick-up fees may apply.

    What should my child bring?

    Please ensure that your child is dressed suitably for spending time outdoors in winter conditions and brings everything they need for the day. The following are essential to your child’s enjoyment, health and wellness whilst at camp.

    • Snow pants;
    • Warm layers;
    • Warm jacket;
    • Warm boots;
    • A toque, buff, mitts & sunglasses;
    • A mask and a spare mask;
    • Packed lunch, water & snacks;
    • Refillable water bottle; 
    • Extra change of clothes;
    • Extra layers for chilly days;

    It is often a few degrees cooler at the Preserve compared to town so please make sure your child is prepared!

    Note: We have a no electronics rule at nature camp, please encourage your children to leave their devices at home!

    COVID-19 modifications & measures

    The Preserve’s operational approach to camps in 2022 will be to follow recommendations and requirements set out by the Yukon government and CMOH to ensure a safe and healthy environment with respect to Covid-19. Please see guidelines for Camps provided at yukon.ca/covid-19

    As we continue to navigate the pandemic and as it continues to evolve, additional modifications may be required to adapt to the guidelines, as such, updates will be made as soon as they are available.  

    Risk of Cancellation:

    The YWP will follow the recommendations and guidelines of the CMOH.  The risk of reinstating public health measures remains and at any point we could be required to cancel Nature Camps without notice.  The YWP reserves the right to cancel or change programming due to the evaluation of the public health emergency.  

    YWP’s Cancellation Policy:

    Given the uncertainty we all continue to face, we are modifying our cancellation policy for this season. These updates are intended to enable you to make the right choice, should COVID come into your life. As a non-profit charity in these uncertain times, our ability to absorb additional financial stress is also limited. If you need to cancel due to COVID-19, we can provide a full refund; however, we respectfully invite you to consider leaving a portion of your registration fee invested in the program if this is an option for you. Our cancellation policy for 2022  states:

    If cancellation occurs more than two weeks prior to the Nature Camp start date, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve will retain 20 per cent as an administrative fee on refunds. Generally, for cancellations occurring two weeks or less prior to the Nature Camp start date, no refund or transfer will be given.
     
    However, should cancellation within two weeks of the start date or during a Nature Camp be required due to COVID-19 or for compassionate reasons, parents/guardians can submit a request to cancel to education@yukonwildlife.ca, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A prorated refund for the remaining full days (at the time of request) may be provided depending on the circumstances. No shows, missed days during the week, and missed days prior to a cancellation request are not eligible for refunds.
     
    The Yukon Wildlife Preserve reserves the right to cancel camps that are less than half full. In this event, a transfer or full refund will be provided. In the event the Yukon Wildlife Preserve needs to cancel a camp mid-week, a prorated refund for the remaining full days will be provided. 

     

    For more information, please contact:

    Madison Rushton
    Manager of Programming and Education
    Yukon Wildlife Preserve
    education@yukonwildlife.ca
    867-334-3338

    2022 Schedule

     

     March Break Discovery
    (ages 8*- 12)
    Week 1:
    March 7 – 11
    Wild Winters
    Week 2:
    March 14 – 18
    Wild Winters

    *As of Dec 31st, 2021