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We are offering 100% outdoor birthday party programming this fall. There are limited spots available. We know that attending in-person programs again will be a re-adjustment. We have been working hard to ensure programs are fun, educational, and safe.
Participants will go on an outdoor adventure hike to explore High Park's 3 ecosystems. Our Nature Interpreters will adapt the hike for different ages and accessibility requirements. Through socially distanced activities and games, we'll focus on honing our nature detective skills and tuning into the season. Upon your return from the hike, you'll be greeted with a campfire in our beautiful restoration garden, where you can gather for self-directed time. Further details below.
If you're interested in our small group Staycation program (up to 9 people), scroll down below.
We have made adjustments to our programs to make sure that we keep ourselves and our community safe and continue to follow the guidelines of Toronto Public Health. See our FAQ for full details of changes we've made. Although we are making efforts to increase health and safety, we cannot guarantee that you or your child will not contract COVID-19 at our programs.
We've added 15 minutes onto the beginning of the party so we can complete COVID-19 questionnaires with all participants. Parties include a one hour hike and a one hour campfire for self-directed time.
Fall parties will run every other Saturday beginning September 26th. There will be 2 available timeslots, 9:45am-12:00pm, and 2:15pm-4:30pm
Our birthday parties will be entirely outdoors, and the meet-up spot will be our main building, at 375 Colbourne Lodge Drive. In the event of rain, we have a covered verandah where the second hour or the party can take place (instead of the fire). You will have access to indoor washrooms that are thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis (masks are required).
20 people max, 15 kids max
We can have a maximum of 20 people, with no more than 15 children/youth. Kids 3 and under who are on their feet (not babes in arms) are counted towards the maximum numbers. Children from 0-5 must be accompanied by an adult.
Previously we've had party themes. For Fall 2020 we're going to offer a multi-sensory hike through High Park's 3 ecosystems: black oak savannah, the woodlands, and the wetlands. We'll focus on expanding our nature detective skills! Nature interpreters will connect the experience to animals and plants and other nature happenings of the moment, in the context of the season. The experience will be adapted for different age groups. Activities and games engaged with along the way will adhere to social distancing requirements.
A $150 deposit is required to book. A full refund minus $20 is available if the event is cancelled 3 weeks in advance. A refund minus $150 is available is the event is cancelled less than 3 weeks in advance. If we need to cancel due to inclement weather, we'll do our best to rebook.
High Park is currently closed to motorized vehicles on weekends.
Weekend program participants have several options of getting here:
Taking TTC transit
High Park station is closest to Forest School location (375 Colborne Lodge Dr)
Keele station is closest to Cottage location on Parkside (440 Parkside Dr)
Bicycle, scooter, mobility device, by foot, etc.
Parking outside High Park on side streets and walking in ***parking can be extremely limited on side streets***
We will notify you of any changes to the weekend vehicle access in High Park.
We understand this may present an added challenge to getting here and thank you for your flexibility.
Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee). Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.
In the event of inclement weather (see definition below) we will endeavour to reschedule the session.
Unfortunately, due to the limited schedule and resources this fall, we will not be refunding or able to accommodate make-up visits if you miss visits due to COVID-19.
Because of diligent staff health screening, there is a possibility that some days we may not have staff available to lead the program. In situations where HPNC cancels a program due to staff availability issues or inclement weather, participants will be eligible for either a make-up visit or a refund for the canceled visit.
Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please remind all participants to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outdoors for all of the activities. We also advise wearing long pants, socks, and close-toed shoes to protect against poison ivy in the park.
Programs may need to be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms, or high winds over 35 km per hour. If a program is rescheduled by the High Park Nature Centre, we will contact you at least 1 hour prior to your start time on the day of the program. We are not currently able to offer fully indoor programming in the case of severe or dangerous weather. If inclement weather prevents you from attending your program, we will do our best to reschedule your visit.
High Park Staycation programs are 2 hour outdoor nature experiences for up to 9 people**.
This summer, we're offering small group outdoor adventures as a safe, local, educational, and fun way to gather in a small group.
This experience can be engaged with to celebrate a loved one's special day, or simply to share a walk, learn, and gather safely around a fire in Toronto's largest park.
**For kids who are 0-5 years old, a caregiver is required. In the event participants are siblings only 1 caregiver is required.