We are excited to have you join us!


Below is some important info to ensure your child’s comfort and safety during their time with us. Having warm dry clothes and comfortable gear will maximize your child’s positive experience outdoors!!


**If you are a guest at the Wickaninnish Inn, please contact them directly as they may have some gear for your Nature Kid!


What your child needs to bring each week:

(Two bags are only necessary for the school year, not the summer beach days, but please bring all the contents from each bag.)


BAG 1: This is a separate bag to keep at “base camp”


Please label bag and contents with child’s name

Extra Clothes: short sleeve, long sleeve, sweater, pants, shorts, socks, underwear, extra warm hat and mittens (cold months), and closed toed shoes

Lunch:  Simple nourishing lunch in non-breakable containers

Other: medication

Summer: Bathing Suit, towel and wetsuit (optional) *please label wetsuit!

Beach Toys: Shovel and bucket (preferably a metal garden shovel and sturdy bucket for example a restaurant mayonnaise bucket, because they are less likely to break). 

Art Supplies: A small bag with markers or crayons

Life Jacket: If your child plans to swim please pack them a life jacket. They can go up to their knees without one and up to their belly button in one.


BAG 2: Hiking backpack


*It is essential that this pack fit your child comfortably. We are often hiking for more than 1 hour/day. Each child needs their own backpack - it is important for siblings to each have the responsibility of carrying their own supplies. Packs can not have wheels and should be water resistant. MEC has a great range of inexpensive children’s backpacks.


Please label bag and contents with child’s name

Water Bottle: non-breakable labeled with child’s name

Snack: simple nourishing food in non-breakable containers

Whistle: to wear around their neck (on a string long enough to slip over their head-

only necessary for school year at the Botanical Gardens.) 

Mitts and Hat: waterproof mitts, sunhat and/or toque - based on season.


What to keep at home:

• Toys and other special items that may get lost

• Sugary snacks

• Glass containers


What your child needs to wear

(The “Nature Kids uniform”)


*Please have child fully dressed for the weather and ready for adventures when they arrive.  Note that the weather changes frequently in Tofino so it is important that you pack them layers. 


Cold / Wet days (fall, winter and spring):

• Body layer 1: Long underwear, top and bottom *no cotton please!

• Body layer 2: Wool or fleece sweater and pants to wear under rain gear

• Head: Toque

• Hands: Waterproof mittens or gloves

• Neck: Scarf or neck warmer

• Feet: Wool socks

• Full set of waterproof gear; jacket, pants and boots (sturdy, lined, flexible boots with rugged soles for climbing and hiking). If child wears “gum boots” they must wear thick wool socks.


Warm and Dry days (summer):

• Torso: Short sleeve, long sleeve, sweater and jacket

• Legs: Long pants (helps protect from scrapes in the forest)

• Head: Sunhat

• Feet: Closed toed, sturdy shoes

• Sunscreen on 


Clothing to be kept at home (unsafe to wear while hiking through the forest, climbing and running):

• Dresses, skirts, tank tops 

• Open toed sandals and flip flops 

(Can bring to wear on the beach but must have a change of hiking clothes in their bag)


Thank you for your cooperation in having your child prepared for many amazing outdoor adventures with Nature Kids!




                Print a copy of our WHAT TO BRING LIST here



Check out the following suppliers to outfit your Nature Kid!


Simply Merino - 100% New Zealand Merino Wool clothing- made in Canada



Mountain Equipment Co-op - All the essentials for outdoor learning and play!





Tofino children's nature program, West Coast Nature Kids