March Break Nature Camps

2023 March Break Nature Camps

Updated Nov 30, 2022

  • Registration opens at 12 noon YST on Tuesday, December 13, 2022
  • For ages 8-12 (must be 8 years old as of Dec 31, 2022)
  • $329* + GST / child / week
  • 2 week long day camps during March Break 2023
    → March 13-17, 2023
    → March 20-24, 2023
  • Transportation to/from Whitehorse included
    → Pick-up at Takhini Elementary from 8:30am-8:45am
    → Drop-off at Takhini Elementary from 3:15pm-3:45pm
  • Find out more about camps below!

* Members get a 10% discount! Before registration, renew or purchase membership here, then use the discount code mightymoose when registering to receive your member discount.

More About Nature Camps

Overview

Nature Camps are week-long day camps at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve.

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.

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.

Dates, Times and Transportation

The Preserve is offering 2 weeks of camp during March Break 2023:

  • March 13-17, 2023
  • March 20-24, 2023

Camps are five days in length (Monday to Friday) from 8:30am to 3:45pm.

We are at Takhini Elementary School each morning from 8:30am to 8:45am to pick-up your child.

We are back at Takhini Elementary School from 3:15pm to 3:45pm to drop-off your child.

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

Cost and Discounts

Camps cost $329 + GST / camper / week.

Our prices include transportation to and from Whitehorse.

Member Discount

If you have a current YWP Membership, use the code mightymoose 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!

Find out more and buy/renew a YWP membership. Memberships are good for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Eligible Ages

To participate in 2023 March Break Camps children must be 8 to 12 years and need to have turned eight (8) years old by December 31st, 2022.

    Learning Differences 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
    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. 
    What to 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:

    • Packed lunch, snacks and refillable water bottle;
    • Warm winter coat;
    • Warm snow pants;
    • Warm snow boots;
    • Warm toque, buff and mitts;
    • Extra pair of mitts and socks;
    • Sunglasses;
    • Extra change of clothes;
    • Extra layers for chilly days.

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

    Note: We have a no electronics rule at nature camp.

    Waiting Lists

    Guardians may register their child(ren) on waiting lists through the camp 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.

    For more information, please contact:

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