Into the Wild

Strengthening children’s bodies, minds and relationships through immersive nature play led by our qualified forest leaders. 

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 cozy Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds. 

Program Options

School Days

  • Grades 1 – 5: Mondays to Fridays 3 – 5:45 p.m. & PD ½ Day Fridays from 12 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Into the Woods Parent & Tots (Ages 1 – 5): Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Into the Woods Kindergarten: No School Fridays 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Program Dates:

 There are no programs on statutory holidays. 

Program Fees

Grades 1- 5: 
     Daily $21
     Monthly $414
     1/2 Day Fridays  $42

Into the Woods Kindergarten: $21
Into the Woods Parent & Tot:  $15
Spring Break Camp:  Daily $42
*Banff Access Program cardholder discounts are available.

Note: participants will be outdoors for most of the program hours. Please ensure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing for all weather conditions.

Meet and pick up Locations

Grades 1-5: participants will meet their leader at a designated meeting spot at Banff Elementary School after school and will walk to the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds.  

Into the Woods Kindergarten: participants will meet in the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds. Drop-off is between 8:30 – 9 a.m. Pick-up is between 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Into the Woods Parent & Tot: participants will meet in the Rundle Cabin in the Banff Recreation Grounds. 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Into the Wild

Registration & Contact Information

Please call 403.762.1251 or email 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 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)


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.


Ashley is joining us from Kitchener, Ontario. She made her way to Banff after studying Recreation and Leisure in college.  She has a passion for outdoor recreation and loves working with children and youth. What led her to this passion was many years spent outdoors at summer camp and in Girl Guides. She is look forward to her role as the Kindergarten Into the Wild Leader.