Nature Camps

Summer 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.

Use discount code muskoxrule to get your 10% member discount! Purchase or renew your membership online hereAt present, our membership and camp systems are separate – we are hoping to rectify this in future years.

Registration opened Thursday February 27 at 9am PST. 

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.

What is the cost?

Camps cost $285 + GST / camper / week.

Our prices include transportation to and from downtown Whitehorse.

Member Discount

If you are hold a current YWP Family 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 a family membership online. This entitles you to a 10% discount at checkout using the code muskoxrule. 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 2020 Discovery camps children must have turned six (6) years old by December 31st 2019. 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.  

To participate in 2020 Explorer camps children must have turned eight (8) years old by December 31st 2019

My child is 8 years old as of December 31st 2019. Which camp should I register them in?

This is your choice based on the needs and personality of your individual child! Both camps will be good options for this age. Here are some things to consider when registering your individual child:

  • Both camps have activities designed to suit this age
  • Older 8’s registering in Explorer camp allows more 6 & 7 year olds the opportunity to participate in Discovery Camp
  • If your child will be 9 by the start of camp, please register them in Explorer Camp
  • Eight year olds in Discovery Camp will have more skill and mastery over the activities they participate in
  • Some eight year olds in Discovery Camp enjoy stepping into a mentorship role for younger participants in their group
  • Eight year olds in Explorer Camp will be a little fish in a big pond. They may be in a group with 11 & 12 year olds
  • Explorer Camp Activities are geared to also meet the needs of the upper age-limit campers. These activities may challenge younger group members as they refine their skills
Special Needs and Accommodations

Inclusion & Support Workers

We can typically accommodate support workers. Please contact our Manager of Programming & Education at 867-334-3338 / to make arrangements.

Some things to consider:

We have a 24- passenger bus, which will carry 22 campers plus two Wildlife Educator staff. For Inclusion and Support Staff, this means that we need to make sure we have a plan for transportation, as space may be limited. The more notice we have, the easier it will be to accommodate.

For campers who may experience challenges throughout a typical school day related to learning or behavioural needs, it is fair to be prepared for this to affect their camp experience. 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 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, an 80% refund will be provided. The Yukon Wildlife Preserve will retain a 20 per cent administrative fee.

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.

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 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!

For more information, please contact:

Erin Jamieson
Manager of Programming and Education
Yukon Wildlife Preserve

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

*As of Dec 31, 2019