March Break Nature Retreat

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March Break Nature Retreat (Ages 6 – 12, adults 17+)

For Educators, Families and Nature Lovers

We are excited to be offering our annual March Break Nature Retreat at the edge of Algonquin Park. This retreat is open to everyone who loves the outdoors regardless of their experience level or background. Each year, we welcome families, teachers, outdoor educators, photographers, and general outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Participants rejuvenate in nature’s beauty, deepen their connection with the land, and develop new outdoor and naturalist skills and mentoring techniques.

The week runs at a relaxing pace. Morning and afternoon sessions include separate adult and youth programs. In the evenings the youth and adults are together with programming appropriate for all ages. During your free time (mostly around meals) you can snowshoe to Ragged Falls (a 75ft waterfall), hike in the quiet and pristine surrounding woods, enjoy the comfort of the gas fireplace in the main lodge, or relax in the sauna.

Adult content may include:

  • Snowshoeing in the surrounding wilderness
  • Learning to track wildlife such as wolves, moose, otters and more
  • Connecting with your friends and family in nature
  • Wilderness crafts such as felting and natural basket making
  • Activities and games to help us quiet our minds and enhance our senses
  • Wilderness survival skills such as traditional fire-making and navigation
  • Storytelling in the lodge and around the fire
  • Experiential and Coyote mentoring philosophy

Youth content may include:

  • Playing in the winter wilderness
  • Learning to build traditional igloos
  • Tracking wildlife
  • Felting and crafts
  • Preparing teas from forest resources
  • Forest games and adventures

Logistics:

Adult to Child Ratio & Youth Ages

Each adult may register up to two children to accompany them. This includes infants who are not registered in the program.

The youth program is suitable for children ages 6 to 12.

Please be advised that children between the ages of 0 and 6 are welcome to attend with a parent, although the adult program is adult-focused and activities may not be appropriate for young children (e.g. felting, basket making). Bringing young children may mean missing out on certain activities. If you are considering bringing an additional caregiver, please be advised that they will be considered an adult participant.

Lodging

All participants stay in one of the beautiful heated cabins or in the main lodge. Lodging for Sunday night, Monday night, and Tuesday night is included in the cost of the program.

Lodging is at the Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat. The Lodge is equipped with showers, a sauna, and a full kitchen. Additional nights before or after the program can be arranged privately with the Wolf Den. To learn more about the Wolf Den, visit www.wolfdenbunkhouse.com

Meals

Coffee, tea, a light breakfast and packed lunch are included. Participants are invited to bring/cook their own dinners in a communal kitchen. If you would like to participate, dinners will have a potluck option.

Transportation is not arranged or organized by the program, so individual/family organization of transportation is necessary.

Dates & Times:

March 11 – 14, 2018

Arrival: Sunday March 11th between 4:00pm-5:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm.

Departure: Wednesday March 14th 3:00pm. (Participants need to be packed and have personal items out of room by 10:00am.)

Location:

Located just 9km outside the West Gate of Ontario’s world famous Algonquin Park, the Wolf Den Hostel and Nature Retreat is a beautiful log cabin lodge.

Price:

Adult: $515.00

Child: $435.00

Bursaries:

are available through the Best Day Ever Fund.

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Registration policies.