The Association of Whistler Area Residents for the Environment (AWARE) is thrilled to announce that 2017 will see the launch of a Nature Camp in Whistler. 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, themselves 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 instil an abiding sense of care and responsibility for the well-being of local natural areas and planet Earth.
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. Camp include such themes as: ‘Plants with Purpose’, ‘Aquatic Adventures’, ‘Creepy Crawlies’, ‘Friendly Forests’ or ‘Things with Wings’. Every week of camp will contain traditional Nature Camp activities, in addition to the theme. This means 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.
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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!
The Nature Camp is based out of Spruce Grove Park. Campers will spend most of the time outside in the fields, forests and natural areas surrounding the park. The camp also has an indoor nature classroom to retreat to during extreme weather and as a bear safe storage area for camper lunches and belongings.
Camps will run from 8:30am – 3:30pm with the option to add after camp programming to go until 5:30pm. Registration opens on June 1st and a day at camp will cost $49 and the camp is eligible for local subsidy programs.
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The Nature Day Camps were created through a collaboration of nature based groups including the Whistler Naturalists, Whistler Museum and Pemberton Stewardship Society, and spearheaded by AWARE.
The camps have 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.