Program Enrollment

Thank you for your interest in VWP! Enrollment processes vary by program, so please read on:

Ages 4-12

  1. Attend a Visit Day with your child – please sign up on our mailing list to receive an announcement that the Visit Day registration is open. Our visit days are not until March so look for that announcement sometime in February.
  2. Once you have visited, we will shift you over to our Wait List.
  3. After we reenroll currently enrolled families (and their siblings and any transfers from other VWP programs), we will contact families on our wait list as spots become available.
  4. If you are offered a spot, you will have 3-5 days to enroll before we move on to the next family.
  5. Please use the online enrollment link we provide. The enrollment forms contain the Scholarship Request Form, if applicable. See below for more info about our Scholarships Application process.
  6. Please note:
  • Spots are offered to best balance ages and genders, and not necessarily on order of the wait list.
  • We don’t carry names from our wait list forward from one year to the next.


ALL Other Programs

We do not hold Visit Days for any of our other programs. Please complete on-line registration for the program you are interested in:


Earth Walkers  

Young Mentors: Coyote Leadership Training Program


2017-2018 We Are Nature Adult Workshops

Coyote Mentoring: Raising Nature-Smart Kids in a Modern World

Coyote’s Trail: Secrets of the Nature Mentor


ReWilding Families


4-12 year olds


Scholarship Assistance

Since our inception, we have provided financial assistance through our Scholarship Fund. These limited scholarship resources are available to help families who would otherwise not be able to enroll their child(ren). We believe that individual families are capable of evaluating their own need of financial support, and do not require families to prove this need. 

To apply for assistance, complete the Scholarship Request Form included in enrollment forms for each year-round weekly or monthly program.  (We are unable to award scholarships for Summer Camp at this time.) The maximum scholarship considered is 50% of tuition for each enrolling youth. We ask all families to carefully consider their need in light of our limited resources.

Please note:  Submission of a scholarship request form does NOT automatically register you for a program or reserve a space in that program. Please first submit your request along with a completed enrollment packet and your deposit.  You will receive your award by email and have two weeks to call/email to accept or to decline. Should your award be less than you need to enroll, your deposit will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. 

Supporting Scholarships:

A huge thanks to all of our supporters who make these scholarships possible!! Learn more about creating scholarships for our students.

In order to provide scholarships to our students, we rely on the generous support of our donors. We have awarded over $131,000 in scholarships since our inception, and we’ve never turned anyone away due to econimic barriers. Be a part of that legacy and please consider a tax-deductible contribution to support future scholarships.

Tuition Assistance for Homeschoolers!

Your homeschooled child (age 5+) can receive valuable tuition assistance that can be applied toward costs at Vashon Wilderness Program. More details.

Deposits, Refunds, Cancellations, Transfers


All deposits are non-refundable.


For school-year weekly programs:

  • Quarterly payments are due on the 1st of August, October, January and March.  Our payment plan does not mean that enrollment is on a quarter by quarter basis. Enrollment requires a commitment to the entire school year.
  • Mail quarterly payments to VWP, P.O. Box 712, Vashon WA 98070. Hand-delivered tuition payments will not be accepted.  

For monthly programs:  September 1st: full payment due

For monthly teen program: payments due August 1st and October 1st (final payment)

For summer camp programs:  June 1st:  full payment due

Late Payments

We have a five-day grace period, including the due date. After this grace period, there is a $25 charge for late tuition payments.  

Each time a payment is late, the late fee needs to be paid; and each time a payment contract is made and then changed, the late fee applies.

For school-year weekly programs:

  • Should your payment extend past 20 days, we reserve the right to ask that your child not attend any classes until payment is made.
  • Payment must be made, or plan to pay must be worked out, within 30 days of payment due date or VWP will consider the student “de-enrolled.”
  • Current year’s program tuition must be paid in full no later than June 30 in order to be able to re-enroll in the next year’s program.


For school-year weekly programs:

  • In the event that a student withdraws from the program before the end of the year, tuition through the current quarter will be retained.

For monthly, summer camp and other non-year-round programs:  if you cancel, or leave a course for any reason:

  • 15 or more days prior to the course starting date; you are entitled to a full refund, minus the deposit.
  • Between 8 and 14 days prior to the course starting date, VWP will retain 50 percent of the course tuition.
  • Fewer than 8 days prior to the course starting date and once the course has begun, there will be no refunds.
  • If VWP cancels a program before it gets started, VWP will refund the full tuition.


If you transfer from one program to another:

  • 15 or more days prior to the course starting date – no additional charges. Tuition is fully transferable.
  • 14 days or less prior to the course starting date, regular cancellation and refund charges will apply.
  • Scholarship requests are non-transferable and a new request would need to be submitted with the transfer.

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Summer Camp Cancellation Policy 

  • 30 days or more prior to the camp start date: full refund minus a $50 admin fee
  • 16-29 days prior to the camp start date: 50%  refund
  • 15 days or less prior to the camp start date and once the course has begun: no refund