Nature Camps

Summer 2020

Stay Tuned: Registration will open in Jan/Feb 2020. 

Make the most of your summer at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve’s Nature Camps!  We make it easy for you – daily transportation to and from downtown Whitehorse is included.

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. 

Nature Camps are a series of week-long day camps for outdoor enthusiasts ages 6-12 (campers are divided into younger and older aged groups). Camps are held at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve between June 15 and August 14, 2020. We are offering 3 recurring camp themes over 9 weeks.

For more information, please contact:

Manager of Programming and Education
Yukon Wildlife Preserve
education@yukonwildlife.ca
867-456-7400

 

When are Nature Camps for 2020?

Camps run weekly from June 15th 2020 – August 14th 2020. Each camp is five days in length (Monday to Friday) from 8:30am to 4:20pm. We meet downtown daily at Whitehorse Elementary School at 8:30am to pick-up your child and again between 3:45pm and 4:20PM for camper drop-off.

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

Who can participate in camp?

Discovery Camps (ages 6*-8 by Dec 31, 2019)

Discovery Nature Camps are designed for campers who are 6-8 years old as of December 31, 2019. They have a maximum of 14 participants with 2 instructors. 

For youth to participate in 2020 Discovery camps they must have turned six (6) years old by December 31st 2019. We understand that an arbitrary date can be a challenge, as children are diverse in growth and abilities. The December 31st 2019 age policy follows that of the school system and ensures that camp participants have finished Grade One by the start of camp.  

 

Explorer Nature Camps (ages 8*-12 by Dec 31, 2019)

Explorer Nature Camps are designed for campers who are 8-12 years old as of December 31, 2019. They have a maximum of 8 participants with 1 instructor.

For youth to participate in 2020 Explorer camps they must have turned eight (8) years old by December 31st 2019. We understand that an arbitrary date can be a challenge, as children are diverse in growth and abilities. The December 31st 2019 age policy follows that of the school system and ensures that camp participants have finished Grade Three by the start of camp.

Where do these camps take place?

The majority of camp takes place at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, located 30 km from downtown Whitehorse. Camps also include field trips to local attractions (that fit with the camp theme).

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?

We provide daily transportation to and from town with the YWP’s 24 passenger bus. YWP staff make daily pick-ups and drop-offs at Whitehorse 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 Whitehorse Elementary School at 3:45pm and you must pick up your child by 4:20pm. Late pick-up fees may apply.

What is the cost?

Camps cost $280 + GST / camper / week.

Our prices include transportation to and from downtown Whitehorse.

YWP Members receive a $25 discount / camper / week.

Note: the child must appear on the membership to apply the discount. To receive your member discount, you will need a promotional coupon code. This code will be emailed out to all members who opted to receive email communication. If you did not receive a code, please contact our Programming department at education@yukonwildlife.ca or 867-456-7400.

What should my child bring?

Please ensure that your child brings everything they need for a day outdoors. This includes a backpack with:

  • Rain gear;
  • A hat & sunglasses;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Packed lunch & snacks;
  • Refillable water bottle; and
  • Extra change of clothes;
  • Extra layers for chilly days

Other items may be encouraged for specific camps and may include PFDs (Personal Flotation Device), rubber boots, long pants, etc.

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

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation occurs two weeks or less prior to the Nature Camp start date, no refund or transfer will be given. 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.

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.

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.

2020 Schedule

 

Discovery Camp
(ages 6*-8)
Explorer Camp
(ages 8*-12)
Week 1:
June 15 – 19
Hidden Worlds Hidden Worlds Uncovered
Week 2:
June 22 – 26
Wilderness Skills I Wilderness Skills II
Week 3:
June 29 – July 3
Animal Care I Animal Care II
Week 4:
July 6 – 10
Hidden Worlds Hidden Worlds Uncovered
Week 5:
July 13 – 17
Wilderness Skills I Wilderness Skills II
Week 6:
July 20 – 24
Animal Care I Animal Care II
Week 7:
July 27 – 31
Hidden Worlds Hidden Worlds Uncovered
Week 8:
August 3 – 7
Wilderness Skills I Wilderness Skills II
Week 9:
August 10 – 14
Animal Care I Animal Care II

*Please see age restrictions below

 

Discovery Nature Camps

(ages 6*-8 by Dec 31, 2019)

 

Discovery Nature Camps are designed for campers who are 6-8 years old as of December 31, 2019. They have a maximum of 14 participants with 2 instructors. 

 

 

Explorer Nature Camps

(ages 8*-12 by Dec 31, 2019)

 

Explorer Nature Camps are designed for campers who are 8-12 years old as of December 31, 2019. They have a maximum of 8 participants with 1 instructor.