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Spring Nature Clubs
March 06, 2019 by Kami Valkova

It is still very much winter, but registration for the spring season is already open! Our nature clubs meet regularly throughout each season to explore the natural wonders of High Park through trail hikes, sensory activities, games, and stewardship opportunities! In the spring we go out rain or shine, and plant native plants in the savannah garden.

A Waddlers participant looking at nature up close with a magnifying lens!

Early Years Clubs

Our Early Years clubs are caregiver-accompanied: a chance to bond with the little ones you care for through nature, and meet other nature-loving families! We start each session with some introductory activities and circle time (singing songs and learning rhymes), and then head out on a hike. Please note that Nature Baby hikes at an adult pace with all babies in carriers, while the other early years clubs are taken at a child-walking pace. We still have space in the following early years clubs this spring:

Nature Baby (Monday, Thursday), 6-18 months
Fox & Kits (Tuesday), 6 months-5 years

After School and Weekend Drop-Off Clubs

The learning doesn’t have to stop after school or on weekends! Our after school and weekend drop-off clubs are accessible to participants who are already of school age. We still have space in the following drop-off clubs this spring:

Raccoons (Wednesday, Saturday), 6-9 years
Coyotes (Saturday), 9-12 years

The rain doesn't stop us from going outside to splash in the puddles and explore!

At Home in High Park (Homeschooling Clubs)

Our “At Home in High Park” homeschooling clubs get participants to explore High Park's wilderness through inquiry and play! Caregivers may choose to drop off club participants, or join us for the program. Participants also receive extended learning packages at the end of the session or via email so the learning can continue at home. We still have space in the following homeschooling clubs:

Kinglets (Tuesday), 4-6 years
Chickadees (Tuesday), 6-8 years

French Club

We even have a French program for your French or bilingual adventurers! Les écureuils (Saturday, 5-8 years), one of our drop-off weekend clubs,is for kids interested in learning about the wonders of nature in High Park, like to have fun, and either speak French at home or are enrolled in a French program at school.

En français:

Nous avons un programme en français pour les enfants qui aiment explorer les merveilles de la nature dans High Park! Les écureuils (samedi cinq à huit ans) est un club créatif et actif pour ceux qui aiment s'amuser. Notre programme en français s'adressent aux enfants qui parlent français (français parler à la maison ou inscrit dans une école en français).

One of our spring stewardship activities is planting native savannah plants in OURSpace (Outdoor Urban Restoration Space), our outdoor classroom!

High Park Rangers (Youth Leadership)

The High Park Rangers (Thursday, 12-16 years), is for young naturalists looking for an opportunity to grow their knowledge and hone their leadership skills! Rangers will also perform meaningful stewardship work and lead a drop-in Family Nature Walk for the public toward the end of the season. Rangers who are in high school may accumulate “community involvement hours” through their involvement with this club.

This club is offered free of charge as it is funded by the High Park Grenadier Fund & Toronto Field Naturalists!

Kami Valkova- Kami started working with the HPNC in May 2017. She is currently the Nature Clubs Coordinator and a Naturalist Teacher for the HPNC. To read more about Kami check out her Staff Spotlight HERE.

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