Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM after school
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM full days
Closed on Statutory holidays, two weeks for Christmas and
for one week prior to Labour Day
The Wildwood Outdoor Afterschool Program is a school-age afterschool program that provides quality care, by 2 professionally qualified staff, for 16 children each day after school and on non- instructional days when school is not in session.
During the school year, Wildwood staff pick up children directly from school and drive to the daily location. This may be a forested area, a park, or a community garden (or, weather depending, it may be an indoor facility such as ARQ Mountain Centre or the Western Financial Place). The children are first given an opportunity to use an indoor bathroom facility. After this, the group heads to the outdoor location where healthy snacks are provided and the daily activities begin. A monthly calendar is provided so that families are aware of our location. Wildwood ends each day at 5:00 PM. Parents may pick up their child at an agreed-upon location between 5:00 – 5:30 PM.
Wildwood takes a further step by abandoning permanent indoor structures altogether and encouraging children to engage with their environment in all seasons. The philosophy will remain as children learn through play, this open-ended play environment will provide an opportunity to engage in free and risky play in a natural setting.
Opportunities for programming across the four seasons for Wildwood include:
Hiking, apple picking, gardening, snowshoeing, swimming, shelter building, slacklining, indoor rock-climbing in the winter, pumpkin picking, orienteering, geocaching, and various trips to organizations and groups within the community.