Back by popular request… Nature Playcare!
a.m. group 3-4 year olds (2 hrs)
p.m. group 4-5 year olds (2 hrs)
Nature Playcare provides young children with an opportunity to immerse themselves in play-based learning in a natural environment. The spring camp features four facilitated 1/2 day experiences in either the morning or afternoon over the course of a week. Nature Playcare promotes respect for our natural environment and a sense of well-being in nature. Parents can expect an age-appropriate nature experience, which is designed to foster the development of each child's resiliency, confidence, creativity, imagination, and independence.
What does Nature Playcare look like? Each session will begin with a short gathering followed by unstructured play and exploration in the beautifully wild Gabriel Dumont Park. This includes children
taking carefully managed and supported risks appropriate for their capabilities and the site (for example, sliding down a hill and climbing or balancing along a log). Wildernook facilitators Jana
Miller and Zoe Arnold will use holistic, child-centred practices to support each child’s development.
Requirements: This is a fully outdoor program that will proceed in all types of weather. To ensure your child has the best possible experience, outdoor clothing that can get dirty including rain pants, jacket,
rubber boots (weather depending) are required. Suggestions for types of clothing and layering will be provided on registration.
Is Nature Playcare the right fit for my/our child? The age groupings for Nature Playcare are 3-4 years old (a.m.) and 4-5 years old (p.m.); we also require that each child is able to communicate a need to go to the bathroom. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about clothing or other requirements.
Parents will receive a detailed information package in advance of the program outlining the following information:
Information on risky play
How we approach weather and illness
Recommended Clothing and Supplies
Emergency Procedures and First Aid
Location: Gabriel Dumont Park
The morning program will be open to three and four year olds and run for two hours (9:30-11:30)
Cost: $100/child - This program is now full.
The afternoon program will be open to four and five year olds and run for two hours (1:00-3:00).
Cost: $100/child - This program is now full
Full registration requires our receipt of payment, health information and completed waiver forms. We are open to having children with additional needs, however, facilitators require advance notice of each participant’s health information in order to prepare for the session. Families who do not disclose pertinent health and learning considerations (e.g illness requiring additional care, life threatening allergies, learning disabilities, etc.) before the program start date will not be permitted to participate and no refund will be provided.
Accessibility Cost: $25.00 Our partner organization, SaskOutdoors will subsidize the cost of two participants who identify as Indigenous, newcomers to Canada, or living in low income families. The goal of these two subsidized spots is to increase the accessibility of the program. Please note, SaskOutdoors would like participants making use of this support to follow up with a letter sharing about their Nature Playcare experience.