Whistler Nature Camp | Summer
Kids Summer Day Camp for ages 6-10
Part of AWARE’s Whistler Nature Camp series
The Whistler Nature Camp series 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 6–10 years old, with programs for older kids to come in the following years. As a day camp, the program is offered when school is closed following the School District No. 48 (Sea to Sky) calendar and is available through the summer holidays, spring break and teacher professional development days. Sign up can be for one day or an entire break period.
What to expect at Summer Camp
Whistler Nature Camp’s summer session offers a unique opportunity for kids age 6-10 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.
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. In addition to the theme, every week of camp will also contain traditional Nature Camp activities. Our traditions include educational 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 games, hiking, conversation & crafts.
Exciting Ecosystems // July 2 – 5
Every living thing needs a place to call home – and nature is no different! This week we will learn all about animals and their habitats, discover which natural elements species count on to survive, and ways different animals adapt to their surroundings.
Fancy Flora // July 8 – 12
Plants provide us with the air we breathe and the food we eat – without plants, life as we know it would not exist! With magnifying glasses in hand, this week we will learn about Whistler’s edible plants, pollination, how plants defend themselves, and the many other uses for fancy flora.
Creative Critters // July 15 – 19
Did you know that bugs make up 90% of all living creature on earth? This week at nature camp our junior scientists will learn about bugs without spines, creatures with skeletons on the outside and how to safely collect these creepy crawlies for identification!
Wilderness Survival // July 22 – 26
With four seasons and climate change impacting annual temperatures, Whistler’s native animals are constantly adapting and adjusting to their outdoor environment. As explorers, it is important that we learn how survive in the wild as well. Join us as we I.D edible plants, build shelters, navigate maps and more!
Predator & Prey // July 29 – August 2
Animals can be hunters or hiders and we need both to keep nature in balance. We will learn how both predators and prey adapt, camouflage, and move around silently. Games and activities this week will see campers enhancing all of their senses as we learn what it takes to survive in the wild!
Wild Wetlands // August 6 – 9
In our second aquatic themed week, we will be out with fishing nets in hand to see what we can catch, all while learning about wetland food webs. Campers will learn about Whistler’s Western Toads and how every year tens of thousands of tiny toadlets migrate from Lost Lake to the surrounding forests each year.
Winged Things // August 12 – 16
From pole to pole, birds keep ecosystems in balance and their amazing migrations remind us what an interconnected web we live in. Campers will examine bird skulls and beaks while learning about Whistler’s high flyers, including flying mammals, and the bats that rule the night.
Trees Please // August 19 – 23
We depend on forests for our survival, from the air we breathe to the wood we use to make our homes. This week we will learn how trees around Whistler can survive for over 1000 years, how to identify different trees by their cones and needles, and why forests need fungi to survive!
Read through some of our fun weekly blog posts to get the insider’s scoop on our session adventures!Camp Diaries
The Whistler Nature Camp Summer Session 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 please 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.Spruce Grove Fieldhouse
- For need-to-know information, read the Whistler Nature Camp Parent/Guardian & Camper Handbook.
- We plan to spend the majority of our day outdoors, so please ensure your child arrives dressed for the weather conditions on that day.
- Closed-toed shoes or boots are mandatory.
- There will be a break for lunch, as well as a morning and afternoon snack. Lunch is not provided so please send your children with enough food for the day.
DATES & TIMES
Camp is available Monday to Friday, July 2 to August 23, 2019
- 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | CAMPER DROP-OFF – at Spruce Grove Fieldhouse
- 3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | CAMPER PICK-UP – at Spruce Grove Fieldhouse
- 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. | OPTIONAL AFTER-CAMP – During this optional program (registration required), campers may go on a short hike, play games, or enjoy crafts.
Whistler Nature Camp is $49 a day and Optional After-Care Program is $14. Space is limited! Secure a spot today. Please note that AWARE reserves the right to change and/or cancel session dates based on funding, location availability and/or session capacity.Register for Summer Camp
We hope the Parent/Guardian & Camper Handbook and registration portal will provide all the information you need. If you have any additional questions about Whistler Nature Camp, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program Partners & Sponsors
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.