Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions about us.

 

Are camps held rain or shine?

Yes. Camps are held rain or shine, even snow! If it is raining hard, we make sure to stay in the forest and under cover, making sure we all stay as dry as possible. We have tarps with us as well, in case we need even more shelter. If you are worried about the weather, make sure your child is dressed with lots of layers, good shoes and rain gear.

 

Will a program be cancelled for extreme weather?

If there is a public warning for high winds, we will cancel the program for the day and notify everyone as soon as possible. Please note that on occasions such as these, we are unable to give refunds.

 

What does my child need to bring to camp?

For each day, please pack the following:

  1. a backpack,
  2. a one-litre water-filled bottle,
  3. a snack and a lunch. (Nuts and proteins are great, rather than sugary foods.)

We take our backpacks with us so try to keep it on the light side.

 

What forms do we need to fill out and submit?

For each child, we need the medical and consent form to be filled out through our registration system for each season they do programs with us.

 

Where do you hold the programs?

Vancouver – Pacific Spirit Park
4915 West 16th Avenue is the physical address of our park entrance.

Vancouver – Acadia Beach Park
The picnic tables below the parking lot of Acadia Beach Park, on Northwest Marine Drive.

North Vancouver – Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve
The gazebo at the top of Lillooet Road

Delta – The Delta Watershed
Meet at the Briarwood Cresent entrance. If going east on Kittson Parkway, it will turn into 64th avenue. Take a right at Sunwood Drive, then a right on Pinewood Drive, and a left on Briarwood Crescent

Tri Cities/Coquitlam – Minnekhada Park
Meet at the Parking Lot off Quarry Road. From Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, turn north on Coast Meridian and travel 2.5 km to Victoria Drive. Follow Victoria Drive for 1 km to the crest of the hill and make a deliberate left turn to stay on Victoria. Travel northeast for 3.5 km to the park entrance on Quarry Road.

 

Do you offer other programs (birthday parties, family camp, classroom adventures)?

Yes, we do. We are happy to do a program to meet your needs. Let us know what you are looking for and we are happy to make a program work for you. Please let us know with as much notice as possible as we do book up quickly.

Family Camp information can be found on our Family Programs page.

 

How are staff selected?

Our staff are selected based on experience and qualifications. All of our staff have years of experience teaching both children and adults and have much experience being outside and interacting with the natural world.  Our staff are also all qualified in First Aid, and most have their Advanced Wilderness First Aid, the 90-hour certification.

 

What are your cancellation and refund policies?

If you cancel or are unable to attend a course for any reason:

  1. 15 or more days before the start of the class; you are entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.
  2. Between 8 and 14 days before the start of the course, we can refund %50 of the cost of the class.
  3. Less than 8 days before the start of the class and once the course has begun, there will be no refunds.

Deposit amounts:

  • $50 deposit for programs that are between $100 and $300
  • $100 deposit for programs that are between $300 and $500
  • $250 deposit for programs that are $500 and up

 

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Scholarships are available. We do not turn anyone away for lack of funds. We want to ensure that everyone who wants to come to camp is able to. Please write to us and inquire.

Scholarship Form (PDF)

 

What will my family learn at a Family program?

The family program is a great opportunity to be with your family and be lead by one of our experienced staff members. We will cover things like wildlife tracking, edible and medicinal plants, bird language and bird ID, and survival skills like shelter building and friction fire, plus a whole lot more. We also might do some nature based crafts. What we will teach and what you will learn will be based on the seasons, as well as where the excitement and passion of the group is. Everything that is taught will be accessible and fun to the whole group. We find where your passion is, and use that in out teaching.

What is a typical day like?
Usually we start our days off with a nature based game in the meadow. Or, for quieter mornings, we may have something set out from our nature museum- a plaster cast or some feather or bones as well as some field guides to help further everyone’s curiosities. Once everyone has arrived, one of our staff begins with a story. All of our stories match with the theme of the day and give everyone a chance to listen and learn, as well as eat a snack. The rest of the day is filled with a wander, or a craft or whatever cool thing the forest provides us with. Lunch will happen when we find a great lunch spot. We are back at the meeting spot 15 minutes before the end of the program where we close our day with the families.

 

What will my child learn at a Weekly program?

Our days are filled with adventure! By playing nature based games, looking at nature mysteries, wandering with a group in the forest, and exploring with hands-on activities, students learn about what is around them. We cover edible and medicinal plants, mammals and wildlife tracking, Bird ID, and survival skills such as shelter building and friction fire. Students are also given opportunity to dive into naturalist skills by being exposed to questions from staff, and from field guides about what they are seeing and observing. We teach in a number of ways- through storytelling, games, hands-on doing, adventures, mysteries and the art of questioning. Each day we go over our curriculum and what we are going to teach, but only a part of it is firmly set. Instead, what we find works best and what our approach is, is to see who your child really is- what it is that captures their excitement and curiosity. What makes them open their eyes and mouths in awe? Nature provides endless opportunities for discovery and learning, much more than we could ever hope to show in a year. So we use nature as our guideline, and the excitement and passions of your child to be our guide in our mentoring.

What is a typical day like?
Our days start off with large group nature games for those that have lots of energy in the mornings. For those that want a more quiet and inquisitive morning, we have our nature table set up where students can look at and touch things from the natural world- skulls, plaster casts, feathers, as well as use field guides to make observations. Once everyone has arrived, one of our staff begins with a story. All of our stories match with the theme of the day and give students a chance to listen and learn, as well as eat snack! Lunch happens around noon. The rest of the day is filled with a wander, or a craft or whatever cool thing the forest provides us with. We are back at the pick-up spot 15 minutes before pick-up time where we close our day with the students.

 

What will my child learn at a Weekly Young Sprouts program?

Our days are filled with adventure! By playing nature-based games, looking at nature mysteries, wandering with a group in the forest, and exploring with hands-on activities, students learn about what is around them. We cover edible and medicinal plants, mammals and wildlife tracking, Bird language and bird ID, forest ecology and survival skills. We use our hands and make nature-based crafts, tools and nature journals. We use what is happening in the forest, as well as the passion of the students to lead us in our teaching.

What is a typical day like?
We start each day together in the meadow. For those with energy there is a faster moving activity happening, while those in need of some quieter time can focus in on whatever we have at our nature table. When everyone has arrived we have our movement and song circle. We sing and move our bodies based on what is happening seasonally. After circle we have snack and story. All of our stories match with the theme of the day and give students a chance to listen and learn, as well as eat snack. We then go on our wander (shorter wander with many stops for littler legs). The rest of the day is filled with a wander, or a craft or whatever cool thing the forest provides us with. We have lunch out in the woods somewhere and head back to the meadow for our closing circle and to meet up with parents.

 

What will my child learn at a Monthly program?

Our days are filled with adventure! By playing nature based games, looking at nature mysteries, wandering with a group in the forest, and exploring with hands-on activities, students learn about what is around them. We cover edible and medicinal plants, mammals and wildlife tracking, Bird language and bird ID, forest ecology and survival skills such as shelter building and friction fire. Students are also given the opportunity to practice knife skills and learn how to carve. Older students will carve their own bow drill kits. Our curriculum and lesson planning is based on the seasons and what is going on in the forest. While we have a plan for each day, nothing is set in stone. We use what is happening in the forest, as well as the passion of the students to lead us in our teaching.

What is a typical day like?
Our days start off with large group nature games for those that have lots of energy in the mornings. For those that want a more quiet and inquisitive morning, we have our nature table set up where students can look at and touch things from the natural world- skulls, plaster casts, feathers, as well as use field guides to make observations. Once everyone has arrived, we usually play a big group game. After, one of our staff begins with a story. All of our stories match with the theme of the day and give students a chance to listen and learn, as well as eat snack. We split up into our groups for the day and the rest of the day is filled with a wander, or a craft or whatever cool thing the forest provides us with. We stop for lunch when we find a cool spot to eat. We are back at the pick-up spot about 15 minutes before pick-up time where we close our day with the students.

 

What will my child learn at a Summer camp?

Summer camp days are filled with adventure! By playing nature based games, looking at nature mysteries, wandering with a group in the forest, and exploring with hands-on activities, campers learn about what is around them. Edible and medicinal plants, mammals and wildlife tracking, Bird ID, and survival skills such as shelter building and friction fire. Campers are also given opportunity to dive into naturalist skills by being exposed to questions from staff, and from field guides about what they are seeing and observing. We teach in a number of ways- through storytelling, games, hands-on doing, adventures, mysteries and the art of questioning. Each day we go over our curriculum and what we are going to teach, but only a part of it is firmly set. Instead, what we find works best and what our approach is, is to see who your child really is- what it is that captures their excitement and curiosity. What makes them open their eyes and mouths in awe? Nature provides endless opportunities for discovery and learning, much more than we could ever hope to show in a week. So we use nature as our guideline, and the excitement and passions of your child to be our guide in our mentoring.

What is a typical day of camp like?
Our days start off with camp wide nature games for those that have lots of energy in the mornings. For those that want a more quiet and inquisitive morning, we have our nature table set up where campers can look at and touch things from the natural world- skulls, plaster casts, feathers, as well as use filed guides to make observations. Once everyone has arrived, one of our staff begins with a story. All of our stories match with the theme of the day and give campers a chance to listen and learn, as well as eat snack! Lunch happens around noon. The rest of the day is filled with a wander, or a craft or whatever cool thing the forest provides us with. We are back at the pick-up spot by 2:45 (12:45 for Young Sprouts programs) where we close our day with the campers.