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Wilderness Awareness School and COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Wilderness Awareness School has suspended all in-person programs, gatherings, and events for the safety of our students and staff through the month of May. We are monitoring the situation closely and following national and local agency guidelines. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will update this announcement as we have further information.


The Summer Guarantee

This summer, nature connection at our summer camps will be more important than ever, and at this time we’re still looking forward to connecting with you and your families in the brighter months ahead. Our low student-to-staff ratios and small camp sizes will strike a perfect balance between reconnecting with peers after months of isolation, while still limiting exposure to large groups. Our Summer Guarantee states that students and/or families are eligible for a full refund of all summer programs if Wilderness Awareness School cancels summer programs due to COVID-19, or if COVID-19 adversely impacts a student and/or family (i.e. job loss, illness, or caring for a sick family member).

For more information about our Summer Guarantee, click here to view it in our Registration Policy.


The School Year Guarantee

We are still planning to start our youth school year programs on schedule in September 2020. However, with ever-changing circumstances, we've rolled out a School Year Guarantee. 

This states that if school year programs are canceled by WAS before the start date, or if a student has been adversely impacted by COVID-19, full refunds will be offered and deposits refunded. After the program start date, if we cancel any in-person classes due to COVID-19, we will offer a 50% prorated refund per day missed. We will also offer online learning opportunities during any cancelation period. Additionally, we're rolling out a $15,000 Relief Fund to assist families who experience hardship during the year due to COVID-19. 

For more information about our School Year Guarantee, click here to view it in our Registration Policy. 


Anake 2020/2021

We very much look forward to Anake Outdoor School beginning on schedule in September 2020. At this time, we do not anticipate that any closures would inhibit this program from starting on time.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are your Summer Day Camps running this year?
Yes, all summer day camps are set to run as scheduled. 

What precautions are you taking this year to mitigate the risks of COVID-19?
This summer is going to look different than in previous years. We are closely following federal, state, and local guidelines. With guidelines being updated regularly, we are doing our best to implement changes in real-time. Please reference the following document for more details: WA DOH Child Care and Summer Camp Guidelines.  

Will staff be required to wear face masks?
In following the WA DOH Child Care and Summer Camp Guidelines, staff and volunteers ARE required to wear face coverings.  

Will my child need to wear a mask?
Campers are encouraged to wear a mask and current WA State Summer Camp Regulations do NOT require children to wear a mask. 

Will we have hand washing stations available?
Hand washing stations will be available at all of our camp locations, and staff, volunteers, and campers must wash their hands at given points throughout the day.

Are your group sizes smaller this year?
Yes. Our camp groups this year, including staff and volunteers, will not exceed 12 people.

Can my child request to be grouped with his/her/their friends?    
Yes. At the time of registration, you can request your child be grouped with a friend, provided they are enrolling in the same camp session. However, while we will do our best to accommodate these requests, we can not guarantee that this will occur. This year, campers will be in distinct groups of no more than 12 people (including staff, students, and volunteers) and will be in these groups for the entirety of camp. Note: campers are divided into age groups, so only friends of very similar ages are likely to be grouped together.