March Break Nature Retreat (Ages 6 – 12, adults 17+)
For Educators, Families and Nature Lovers
We are excited to be offering our seventh annual March Break Nature Retreat at the edge of Algonquin Park. Although originally designed for educators, this retreat is now 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 with morning and afternoon sessions where adult and youth programs are divided, while 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
- Learning ways to connect 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:
- Learning the joys of wilderness in winter
- Learning to build traditional igloos
- Tracking wildlife
- Felting and crafts
- Preparing teas from forest resources
- Forest games and adventures
Adult to Child Ratio & Youth Ages
An adult may not register more than three children to come with 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 to participate in (e.g., felting, basket making). Coming with young children may mean missing out on certain activities. Due to space restrictions we cannot allow caregivers to come without being a paid participant in the adult program.
All participants stay in one of the beautiful heated cabins or in the main log cabin lodge. Lodging for Sunday night, Monday night, and Tuesday night is included in the cost of the program.
Lodging will likely be at the Wolf Den Bunk House, which has showers, a sauna, and a full kitchen with all of your cooking and serving needs. 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.
Coffee and tea will be provided. Participants cook their own meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in a communal kitchen. If you would like to participate, each dinner will have a voluntary potluck option to share our food and cooking talents with each other.
Transportation is not arranged or organized by the program, so individual/family organization of transportation is necessary.
Date & Times:
March 12 – 15, 2017
ARRIVAL: Sunday March 12th between 4:00pm-5:30pm. Program begins at 7:00pm.
DEPARTURE: Wednesday March 15th 3:00pm. (Participants need to be packed and have personal items out of room by 10:00am.)