School Programs

Program Overview

Thank you to the 425 students & 70 chaperones who participated in our 2019 Fall School Programming.
Teachers will be notified through email when Spring 2020 program registration becomes available. 

Dates:

Program: Cost:
Fall/Winter 2020:
Dates TBA
(Tuesday-Friday Only)
  • Grade 2 Surviving Winter
  • Grade 3 Winter Biodiversity
  • Grade 7 Yukon Caribou
No Cost to Yukon Students

Early Spring:
Swan Haven Programming
April Dates TBA

No Cost to Yukon Students

Late Spring 2020:
May 8th – June 5th

  • Kindergarten Animal Explorations
  • Grade 1 Plants and Animals
  • Grade 4 Wild Habitats
No Cost to Yukon Students
Anytime
  • Self Guided Walk/Ski/Bike

$5.40/Yukon Student + GST

Anytime
  • General Program Walk/Ski/Bike
  • General Tour (Bus)
$10.20/Yukon Student + GST

Our curriculum-linked programs aim to provide unique experiences for students – even students visiting for a second or third time. These themed programs focus on specific species rather than seeing all the animals in a single trip.

To make a booking:

  • Online Booking Request Forms:
  • Respond to Grade Specific Emails (Fall Offers advertised around September. Spering Offers advertised January/February)
  • Contact our Manager of Education & Programming by phone (456-7400) or email (education@yukonwildlife.ca)

We will need the following information to make a booking:

  • What experience and subject matter you are interested in;
  • Your school/association;
  • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
  • Email addresses;
  • Grade(s) and class sizes;
  • Anticipated number of chaperones;
  • Mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc);
  • The dates / times you are interested in;
  • Any special needs – especially mobility related (the more we know the better experience we can provide you).
Our Philosophy

We offer high-quality, experiential programming in a natural setting with low instructor to child ratios! Our programs are an opportunity for students to actively engage with the natural world and wildlife in ways not feasible in the classroom.

We believe:

  • Students need to be active participants in their learning;
  • Nature is not just a science lesson – its a life lesson with science;
  • Unstructured, outdoor play is an essential part of learning.

Some of the ways this philosophy is expressed in our programs includes: 

  • Programs are special, unique experiences crafted for the interests and ability of that grade.
  • ‘Seeing all the animals’ is a passive activity – instead we use a specific theme focusing on a smaller group of species or even a single species. This allows for more variety and activity.
  • Students need to be physically active (less standing/sitting and more walking/running).
  • We don’t focus on facts. Too many facts becomes boring and emotionless. 
  • We use stories – emotional narratives that help us understand who we are and how we got here (sometimes they even have facts in them)!
  • We relate to wildlife through science, culture, history, politics, math, language, social studies and more.
  • We create opportunities for unstructured learning – games and activities where students get to choose how and what they will engage with.
  • We recognize that children don’t see things the way we adults do – that a muskox is cool, but sometimes the bug on the ground is cooler. Our activities take this into account, preferring the immediate, touchable experience to the look from afar experience.
  • Hiding, sneaking, running, asking questions, and more. We use these child passions – things we love(d) to do as kids – to draw students to their edges.
Our Resource

In addition to 13+ species of Yukon’s Boreal and Arctic Species on a 700 acre site, our school program resources and facilities also include:

  • Learning Centre for indoor play, stories, lunch and shelter from inclement weather;
  • Bathrooms (outhouses);
  • Emergency transportation and first-aid materials.

Programs are conducted outdoors. In the event of severe or prolonged inclement weather it may be necessary to cancel and try re-booking a program.

Self-Guided (Walk/ski/bike)

We highly recommend this option any time of year for any and all ages! Children of all ages benefit from unstructured, physical play in the outdoors. Self-guiding allows them to take control of their experience, making them active, self-directed, engaged participants in their learning. Interpretive panels around the Preserve offer stories and insight and a pocket trail-guide is also available. Walking distance is flexible, ranging from 2.5 km to 5 km.

Allow for 2 1/2 hours.
Timing is flexible.

General Programming (walk/ski/bike)

We recommend this option any time of year for any and all ages! Students explore the Yukon Wildlife Preserve on foot, delving into the adaptations, habitats and other features that make Yukon’s wildlife unique. This active option retains some of the unstructured exploration but adds some more structured activities. We may be able to direct this experience to specific class interests. Walking distance can be adjusted for the age and ability of the group from 2.5 km up to 5 km.

½ day (2 1/2 hour program)
9:00am to 11:30am or 12:00pm to 2:30pm

General Tour (bus)

Students explore the Yukon Wildlife Preserve by bus, delving into the adaptations, habitats and other features that make Yukon’s wildlife unique. We may be able to direct this experience to specific class interests. This option has more elements of traditional, passive, information based tour and is only recommended when ‘seeing all the animals’ is the objective and limited time rules out the other options.

1 1/2 hour program,
Timing is flexible.
Not recommend during cold weather.

Program Descriptions

Kindergarten - Animal Explorations

Spring: Up to 48 students
½ Day Program (2.25 hour)
9:15am to 11:30am or 12:00pm to 2:15pm

Students will participate in an exciting investigation of animal adaptations and changes in the spring time.  Through a combination of story-telling, animal observations, and hands-on exploration, students will discover how animals meet their basic needs.

Teachers are responsible for bus transportation as follows:

  • Transportation to and from Wildlife Preserve;
  • Please Note: for Spring season programs, you will need your bus for the entire duration of the program 

Curriculum Connections

  • Plants & animals have observable features
    • basic needs of plants & animals
    • adaptations of local plants & animals
  • Daily & seasonal changes affect all living things
    • weather changes & seasonal changes
    • living things make changes to accommodate daily & seasonal changes
  • Language & story can be a source of creativity & joy
  • Curiosity and wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves and the world around us

How to Book

  • Or contact our Manager of Programming & Education at 456-7400 or email education@yukonwildlife.ca.

We will need the following information to make a booking:

  • Preferred dates:
  • Preferred time (morning or afternoon):
  • Your school:
  • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
  • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca):
  • Grade(s) and class sizes:
    • We can accept two classes (not exceeding 48 students)
  • Anticipated Number of Chaperones (Teachers, EA’s, Parent Volunteers):
  • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc):
  • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you):
Grade 1 - Plants and Animals

Spring: Up to 48 students
½ Day Program (2.25 hour)
9:15am to 11:30am or 12:00pm to 2:15pm

While travelling around the Yukon Wildlife Preserve on foot students will engage in an exciting adventure focused on animal and plant classification.  Students will explore the wild and natural world through guided observation, story-telling, classification games, and hands-on activities.

Teachers are responsible for bus transportation as follows:

  • Transportation to and from Wildlife Preserve;
  • Please Note: for Spring season programs, you will need your bus for the entire duration of the program 

Curriculum Connections: 

  • Living things have features and behaviours that help them survive in their environments
    • classification of living and non-living things
    • names of local plants & animals
  • Language and Story can be a source of creativity and joy
  • Stories and other texts can be shared through pictures and words

 

How to Book

  • Or contact our Manager of Programming & Education at 456-7400 or email education@yukonwildlife.ca.

We will need the following information to make a booking:

  • Preferred dates:
  • Preferred time (morning or afternoon):
  • Your school:
  • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
  • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca):
  • Grade(s) and class sizes:
    • We can accept two classes (not exceeding 48 students)
  • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc):
  • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you
    Grade 2 - Surviving Winter

    Fall/Winter: Up to 26 students (1 class)
    ½ Day Program (2.25 hour)
    9:15am to 11:30am or 12:00pm to 2:15pm

    This half-day program explores life cycle strategies employed by Yukon species to deal with a harsh northern winter. Through guided observation, activities and hands-on props, students will explore challenges and solutions to surviving winter in the Yukon. 

    Teachers are responsible for Bus/transportation:

    • To and from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
    • First 15 minutes after scheduled arrival time;
    • Last 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

    Curriculum Connections: 

    • Science: life cycle strategies of Yukon species in winter (hide, survive, avoid)
    • Science: the water cycle and winter in the Yukon
    • Science: hypothesizing, make/record observations, discuss/compare
    • Social Studies: how Yukoners have adapted to winter in the north.

    How to Book

    School:
    Teacher Name(s):
    Email Address(es):
    Grade(s) & Class Sizes *Maximum 26 students in Fall/Winter:
    Anticipated Number of Chaperones (Teachers, EA’s, Parent Volunteers):
    Mode of Transportation to/from YWP (Yellow Bus, White Bus):
    Top 3 Dates & Times

    Special Accomodations (With advance communication our team can better accommodate and engage students with exceptional needs):

    Grade 3 -Winter Biodiversity

    Fall/Winter: Up to 26 students
    Half Day Program  (2.25 hour)
    9:15am to 11:30am or 12:00pm to 2:15pm

    The ‘dead of winter’ is really full of life if you know where to look. Students explore winter ecology – how living things interact with each other and their environment – and biodiversity. Through experimentation, we discover how the production and transfer of thermal energy is key to survival for living things in a winter landscape.

    Curriculum Competencies:

    • Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world
    • Make predictions based on prior knowledge
    • Collect simple data
    • Experience and interpret the local environment
    • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings
    • Make simple inferences based on results and prior knowledge
    • Identify simple environmental implications of their and others’ actions
    • Express and reflect on experiences of place

    Big Ideas & Elaborations:

    • Living things are diverse, can be grouped, and interact in their ecosystems
      • Local biodiversity & interconnectedness in ecosystems
        • Populations & communities
        • Energy is needed for life (food chains & webs)
      • Knowledge of local First Peoples of ecosystems
    • Thermal energy can be produced and transferred

     

    Teachers are responsible for Bus/transportation:

    • To and from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
    • First 15 minutes after scheduled arrival time;
    • Last 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

    How to Book

    School:
    Teacher Name(s):
    Email Address(es):
    Grade(s) & Class Sizes *Maximum 26 students in Fall/Winter:
    Anticipated Number of Chaperones (Teachers, EA’s, Parent Volunteers):
    Mode of Transportation to/from YWP (Yellow Bus, White Bus):
    Top 3 Dates & Times

    Special Accomodations (With advance communication our team can better accommodate and engage students with exceptional needs):

    Grade 4 - Wild Habitats

    Spring: Up to 48 students
    Full Day Program  (5 hour)
    9:15am to 2:15pm

    Students will participate in a focused investigation of the dynamic relationships that define wildlife in the Yukon. Through story-telling, wildlife observation and experiential games students will discover that they are inseparable from nature.

    Teachers are responsible for Bus/transportation:

    • To and from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
    • First 30 minutes after scheduled arrival time;
    • Last 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

    Curriculum Connections: 

    We’ve updated our programs to reflect the new curriculum!

    • All living things sense & respond to their environment
      • How is sensing and responding related to interdependence in an ecosystem
    • Biomes as large regions with similar environmental features
      • biomes are classified by areas with similar temperatures/precipitation
      • terrestrial & aquatic biomes

    How to Book

    • Or contact our Manager of Programming & Education at 456-7400 or email education@yukonwildlife.ca.

    We will need the following information to make a booking:

    • Preferred dates:
    • Preferred time (morning or afternoon):
    • Your school:
    • Teacher Name(s) (if more than one class is coming, we’ll need contacts for each class);
    • Email addresses (if different from the standard firstname.lastname@yesnet.yk.ca):
    • Grade(s) and class sizes:
      • We can accept two classes (not exceeding 48 students)
    • Anticipated number of Chaperones (Teachers, EA’s, Parent Volunteers):
    • Your mode of transportation to and from the Preserve (yellow bus, white 20-24 passenger bus, personal vehicles, etc):
    • Any special needs – especially mobility related disabilities (the more we know the better experience we can provide you):
      Grade 7 - Caribou in Yukon

      Fall/Winter: Up to 26 Students
      Full Day Program (5 hour)
      9:15am to 2:15pm

      Caribou are phenomenally well adapted to the challenge of living in northern landscapes. This full day program explores how caribou have come to be an iconic Yukon species, but how those very traits put their future at risk. Through guided observation, experiential games, hands-on props and stories, students explore the fragile past and future of Caribou in the Yukon.

      Teachers are responsible for Bus/transportation:

      • To and from the Yukon Wildlife Preserve;
      • First 15 minutes after scheduled arrival time;
      • Last 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

      Curriculum Connections: 

      • Science: Evolution by natural selection provides an explanation for the diversity and survival of living things
      • Science: evidence of climate change over geological time and the recent impacts of humans
      • Social Studies: human responses to particular geographic challenges and opportunities, including climates, landforms, and natural resources

      How to Book

      School:
      Teacher Name(s):
      Email Address(es):
      Grade(s) & Class Sizes *Maximum 26 students in Fall/Winter:
      Anticipated Number of Chaperones (Teachers, EA’s, Parent Volunteers):
      Mode of Transportation to/from YWP (Yellow Bus, White Bus):
      Top 3 Dates & Times

      Special Accomodations (With advance communication our team can better accommodate and engage students with exceptional needs):