Nature Camps

Summer 2019

Come explore the Yukon Wildlife Preserve at Nature Camp!  The Preserve offers outstanding week-long day camps during the summer months. Nature camp is a great way to make the most of the outdoors and YWP’s unique facilities!  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. We’re getting really excited for another excellent summer at the Wildlife Preserve!  

Nature Camps are a series of week-long day camps offered for outdoor enthusiasts aged 6-12 (Campers are divided into younger and older aged groups). Camps are held at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve between June 17 and August 16 2019. This year we are offering 4 themes for each age group over 9 weeks (some themes will be offered multiple weeks).

For more information, please contact:

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

 

When are Summer Nature Camps for 2019?

We are running 9 weeks of nature camp this year. 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.

The first week of camp is June 17th to June 21st 2019.

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

Who can participate in camp?

We are running 9 weeks of nature camp this year. 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.

The first week of camp is June 17th to June 21st 2019.

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

Where do these camps take place?

The majority of Nature camp will take place at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, located 30 km from downtown Whitehorse. Nature Camps may also include field trips to local attractions (as they pertain to the camp theme).

The bulk of Nature Camp will be conducted outdoors. Nature 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 call Breanna at breanna@yukonwildlife.ca or 867-456-7400.

You will have an opportunity to purchase a membership or renew a lapsed membership during the checkout process. Memberships include 1 year of access to the Wildlife Preserve during regular operating hours (some exceptions apply). Not only is it a great deal, it’s a great way to save when signing up for 2 or more camps.

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

In past years we had waiting lists on almost all weeks. When a spot becomes available, ALL people 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.

2019 Schedule

Discovery Nature Camps
(ages 6-8)
Explorer Nature Camps
(ages 8-12)
Week 1:
June 17 to June 21
Animal Care Camp Animal Care School
Week 2:
June 24 to June 28
Wilderness Skills I Wilderness Skills II
Week 3:**
July 2 to July 5
Hidden Worlds Hidden Worlds Uncovered
Week 4:
July 8 to July 12
Nature Detectives Wild Detectives
Week 5:
July 15 to July 19
Animal Care Camp Animal Care School
Week 6:
July 22 to July 26
Wilderness Skills I Wilderness Skills II
Week 7:
July 29 to August 2
Hidden Worlds Hidden Worlds Uncovered
Week 8:
August 5 to August 9
Nature Detectives Wild Detectives
Week 9:
August 12 to August 16
Animal Care Camp Animal Care School

 **Week 3 is a shortened camp week (no camp Canada Day Monday), it is 4 days long and the price will reflect this at $224 + GST

Discovery Nature Camps

(ages 6-8 by Dec 31, 2018)

Discovery Nature Camps are designed for campers who are 6-8 years old as of December 31, 2018. They have a maximum of 14 participants with 2 instructors. View the weekly schedule at the bottom of this page.

Explorer Nature Camps

(ages 8-12 by Dec 31, 2018)

Explorer Nature Camps are designed for campers who are 8-12 years old as of December 31, 2018. They have a maximum of 8 participants with 1 instructor.