5th Annual Vancouver Island Nature Education Campference…FOR KIDS!

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, Parksville, BC

Friday, June 12th – Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Hand-In-Hand Nature Education Inc. (HIH) is excited to host the 5th Annual Vancouver Island Nature Education Campference…FOR KIDS! This 3-day nature-inspired event is for children 3-17 years old. The KIDS Campference is a volunteer event, put together by the collective efforts of Vancouver Island and Vancouver nature (based) preschools, (early learning) nature education and recreational programs and public, private and home schools, as a way of giving back to the many Vancouver Island and Vancouver families who believe in and support nature education programs for children of all ages!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT! Registration is by donation only (the only finances that families are responsible for is travelling to and from the location, camping fees and personal meals). 100% of the proceeds support HIH’s In-House Subsidy Fund, which provides financial assistance to low income families who are interested in registering their children in our nature education program (please click here for more information).

The 5th Annual Vancouver Island Nature Education Campference…FOR KIDS is a fun and playful experience to bring the many Vancouver Island and Vancouver families and educators together in one forest, on one beach and in support of what we all love and do best…play, learn and connect in nature with children! We’re all looking forward to another inspiring weekend filled with nature fun, playful and skillful adventure! Please sign up early so that your child(ren) and/or you do not miss out on the many inspiring, creative, fun and playful PLAYSHOPS! We all look forward to seeing you there!

Registration Form


1) If you are interested in registering for any of the Playshops, please complete and submit an online Registration Form by clicking here.

2) Please send your donation via e-transfer to jarrett@hand-in-handeducation.com (optional)

Campsite Reservations

Campsites at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park can be reserved four (4) months in advance of your arrival date. Individual families can make up to three (3) reservations per transaction. In order to do our best in making sure that every registered family/participant has secured a campsite, please make your reservations with BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service starting February 12, 2020, by phone (1-800-689-9025) or online (discovercamping.ca/bccweb/). Discover Canada begins accepting reservations by 7 am. If you plan to reserve a campsite online and do not already have an account, please register now for a new account by clicking here. If for whatever reason the KIDS Camperence is cancelled, we are not responsible for refunding your campsite fee.

  • Please note that if you would like to register for the KIDS Campference but do not have a campsite at Rathtrevor or are not set up for camping, you are still more than welcome to register for the playshops and attend.

A special thank you to Kirstie Hudson, Producer of CBC Radio Victoria – All Points West and Rae-Anne LaPlante, Video Journalist, Programming from Shaw TV Nanaimo for reporting on previous year’s KIDS Campferences. To get an idea of the 1st and 2nd Annual KIDS Campferences, please click the links below to watch a news story from Shaw TV Nanaimo.

Registration Form

Please Note: If your form has been successfully completed you will be redirected to another page to confirm your entry.  If you remain on this page after clicking 'next' or 'submit' please review your information on the page.

Support the Forest

The Cumberland Forest is part of an interconnected system of forests, salmon-bearing creeks, wetlands and riparian areas adjacent to the Village of Cumberland on Vancouver Island in the traditional territory of the K’omoks Nation.