Whistler Nature Camp – Kids Summer 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.
Whistler Nature Camp focuses 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! You can sign up until 3pm the day prior (space permitting). Our dedicated, caring leaders will guide campers through activities designed to spark a sense of curiosity and a desire to experience new things. Each week we will focus on different themes (see below for what we got up to last summer).
In addition to the theme, every week of camp will also contain traditional Nature Camp activities. Our traditions include many educational (and 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 our main meeting point at 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
3:15 – 3:30pm | Camper Pick Up – at Spruce Grove Fieldhouse
3:30 – 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 optional After-Camp Program costing $14.
Read our 2017 Weekly Camp Diary
Read through some of our fun weekly blog posts to get the insider’s scoop on our 2017 session adventures!Click to Read
Have you heard about AWARE’s FREE Monthly Kid’s Nature Club
Already counting down the days until Whistler Nature Camp returns? In the meantime you can join us at AWARE’s monthly Kid’s Nature Club! Located at the Whistler Public Library from 10-11:30am on the last Sunday of every month.
For monthly Kid’s Nature Club reminders and session themes, or to get the latest on 2018 Whistler Nature Camp sign ups be sure to subscribe to our Kids Nature Club mailing list:Sign me up!
Watch our Whistler Nature Camp Video!
To celebrate the 2017 Nature Camp season, we invite you to check out this short video to see what we got up to at camp this summer.
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.
Whistler Nature Camp was 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.