Into the Wild

The Into the Wild curriculum is driven by your child's interests and to help build new and safe connections to our mountainous backyard.  Special attention in programming is given to the change of seasons and the unique flora and fauna of Banff National Park. Opportunities to discover and grow are plentiful as your child becomes immersed in sensory-based experiences, stories, crafts, songs, tinkering, building and imaginative play. Into the Wild programs are held at the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds. 

Program Options


After School Program
Students from Grades 1 – 5 meet their leader at the Banff Elementary School and walk together to the Banff Recreation Grounds. Activities include outdoor games, guest presenters, snacks, and campfires.

Mondays to Fridays during the school year, 3 – 6 p.m.
Daily: $22 | Monthly: $422
PD ½ Day Fridays, 12 – 6 p.m.
Daily: $44

½ Day Friday Special Guests 
October 21, 2022 - Indigenous Guided Hike
November 25, 2022 - Parks Canada Bear Talk
December 23, 2022 - Christmas Painting 

Kindergarten Into to the Wild: 
Participants will meet their leader at the Rundle Cabin in the Recreation Grounds. At the cabin they will enjoy warming up by a roaring fire and then head out to explore and adventure in the forest around the cabin.

PD Fridays from 9 - 11 a.m.
Daily: $21

Winter, Family & Spring Break day camp
A series of day camps for Grades 1 – 5 using Rundle Cabin as their base.
8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Daily: $64

Into the Woods
Drop off your 4 or 5 year old at Rundle Cabin for a time of exploration and play in the forest, guided by our Forest Play instructor.
Mondays, October 17 – November 21
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Course Cost: $127.50

*Banff Access Program cardholder discounts are available. Into the Wild does not run on statutory holidays.

Meet and Pick up Locations

Afterschool Program: Grades 1-5 participants will meet their leader at the buddy bench on the moose field at Banff Elementary School after school and will walk to the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds.  

Winter, Family & Spring Break day camp: Grades 1-5 participants will meet at the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds.

Into the Woods: participants 4 and 5 years old meet at the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds. Drop-off is between 8:45 – 9 a.m. Pick-up is between 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

Into the Wild

Registration & Contact Information

Please call 403.762.1251 or email community.services@banff.ca to register for Into the Wild.

To reach Into the Wild program staff, please call the on-site program cell phone 403.497.4693.

A program waiver and registration form must be submitted prior to your child’s attendance at the program: Program Waiver (PDF)

Submit waivers to community.services@banff.ca or drop them off at Banff Town Hall, 110 Bear Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or after-hours in the drop box located outside the main entrance.

Prior to your child participating in the program, parents must review the Into the Wild program parent handbook:

Parent Handbook (PDF)

Program Registration Policy (PDF)

Leaders

MabelleMabelle  
Mabelle is an Apprentice Interpretive Guide (IGA) and currently working towards her Forest and Nature School Practitioner certification (CNAC). She brings a varied background of professional theatre performance and teaching children’s drama to her role at Into the Wild. Her favourite activity to do with kids is engaging in imaginative play in the woods; second to, scouting out the best trees for climbing.