Whistler Nature Camp – 2017 Kids Day Camp
Nature Camp offers a unique opportunity for kids to connect with Whistler’s natural backyard! Imagine a place where their natural sense of wonder can ignite at the centre of their fun and learning, and helps to inform the direction each day will take. Whether catching bugs, observing wildlife, befriending a tree, playing games or partaking in crafts, kids will have the chance to discover connections with the natural world and each other.
Whistler Nature Camp strives to provide opportunities that will nurture children’s innate curiosity about the natural world, foster their understanding of the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things, and instill in them a sense of care and responsibility for the well-being of their communities and our shared planet.
We are happy to announce that 2017 will see the launch of Nature Camps in Whistler. In it’s first year the camp will focus on ages 6–9 years old, with programs for younger and older kids to come in the following years. As a day camp, the program is offered Monday through Friday through the summer holidays (July & Aug). Sign up can be for a day, a week or the whole summer! Each week we will focus on different themes (see below), and our dedicated, caring leaders will guide campers through activities designed to spark a sense of curiosity and a desire to experience new things.
Every week of camp will also contain traditional Nature Camp activities, in addition to the theme. Our traditions include many educational (yet really fun) nature games, nature crafts, unstructured nature play, exploration and small group activities. The days are an intricate balance of planned activities & child-directed choices. For campers, a typical day at camp will contain multiple activities, conversation & hiking to different spots.
Camp location and times:
The Nature Camp is based out of Spruce Grove Park with the main meeting point in front of the Fieldhouse. Campers will spend most of the time outside in the fields, forests and natural areas surrounding the park regardless of weather (so dress appropriately). We also have an indoor nature classroom to retreat to during extreme weather and as a bear safe storage area for camper lunches and belongings.
8:30 – 9:00am | Camper Drop Off – at Spruce Grove Fieldhouse
3:00 – 3:15pm | Camper Pick Up – at Spruce Grove Fieldhouse
3:00 – 5:30pm | Optional After-Camp Program – During this optional program (registration required), campers may go on a short hike, play games, or enjoy crafts.
Camp is $49 a day with the After-Camp Program costing $14.Click Here For Link To Registration Portal
For the need to know information about the policies and protocols that guide our camp operations and the commitments made by parents or guardians and campers please read the Whistler Nature Camp – Parent / Guardian & Camper – Handbook.
The Whistler Nature Camp were created through a partnership between nature based groups including the Whistler Naturalists, Whistler Museum and Pemberton Stewardship Society, and spearheaded by AWARE. The camp has only been made possible thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Whistler‘s Environmental Legacy Fund and the Resort Municipality of Whistler‘s Community Enrichment Program.