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Chipmunks
Chipmunks

Drop-off program  

Ages: 4-6 

Get outside! Kids explore the natural wonders of High Park while learning tons about the amazing plants and animals that live here. This is a creative, active group that loves to have fun. Participants learn about the ecology of High Park through play, inquiry, direct experience, stewardship action and observation. Sign up for outdoor fun and learning!

Our activities are guided by the seasons and weather conditions. Some areas of focus will likely include:

“He had an amazing time and loved all of it, from the nature walks to the crafts they made together.” Parent Testimonial



We are now offering a Nature Club in French!  Please note, as this club will be entirely lead in French, it is for children who are fluent in French and speak French predominantly in the home or are enrolled in a French/French immersion school.

Les petits suisses

Programme sans les parents 

Âges: 4-6 

Un programme en français s’adressent aux enfants qui parlent français (français parler à la maison ou inscrit dans une école en français)

Profitez du plein air! Les enfants explorent les merveilles de la nature dans High Park tout en apprenant des tonnes sur les plantes étonnantes et les animaux qui y habitent. Ceci est un club créatif et actif  pour ceux qui aiment s’amuser. Les participants au programme apprennent l’écologie de High Park à travers le jeu, en posant des questions et grâce à une expérience directe. Ils observent et préparent à une bonne gestion écologique. Inscrivez-vous aux joies du plein air tout en apprenant! Nos activités varient selon la saison et le temps. Voici quelques-uns des thèmes écologiques que nous proposons:
 

Fall 2017

Cost $135 for 6 meetings

Chipmunks- Tuesday 
Alternating Tuesdays
1 pm – 3 pm
Sep. 19, Oct. 3, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 14, Nov. 28 

Chipmunks- Saturday
Alternating Saturdays
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Sep. 23, Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 

Chipmunks – Sunday
Alternating Sundays
9 am-11 am
Sep. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 

Les petits suisses- Saturday
Alternating Saturdays
1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Sep. 30, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, Nov. 25, Dec.9  

Winter 2018

Cost $135 for 6 meetings

Chipmunks- Tuesday 
Alternating Tuesdays
1:00-3:00pm
Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, Mar. 6, Mar. 20 

Chipmunks- Saturday
Alternating Saturdays
1:00-3:00 pm
Jan. 20, Feb. 3, Feb. 17, Mar. 3, Mar. 17, Mar. 31

Chipmunks – Sunday
Alternating Sundays
9:00-11:00am
Jan. 14, Jan. 28, Feb. 11, Feb. 25, Mar. 11, Mar. 25

Les petits suisses- Saturday
Alternating Saturdays
1:30-3:30 pm
Jan. 13, Jan. 27, Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24 

Spring 2018

Cost $135 for 6 meetings

Chipmunks- Tuesday 
Alternating Tuesdays
1:00–3:00pm
Apr. 3, Apr. 17, May 1, May 15, May 29, Jun. 12 

Chipmunks- Saturday
Alternating Saturdays
1:00-3:00 pm
Apr. 7, Apr. 21, May 5, May 19, Jun. 2, Jun. 16

Chipmunks – Sunday
Alternating Sundays
9:00-11:00am
Apr. 8, Apr. 22, May 6, May 20, Jun. 3, Jun. 17 

Les petits suisses- Saturday
Alternating Saturdays
1:30-3:30pm
Apr. 14, Apr. 28, May 12, May 26, Jun. 9, Jun. 23

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Club Policies

Location

Programs take place at the High Park Nature Centre at the Forest School located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

Age Requirements

For all programs, children MUST be of the minimum age of the program on or before the start of the program.

Siblings

Our Nature Clubs are for registered participants who are within that club’s age range only.  For our caregiver-accompanied early years programs, we allow “babes in arms” (babies who will be carried) to be brought to the program with their caregiver.  If you need more information on our sibling policy, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-392-1748 or naturecentre@highpark.org.

Registration

Registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

Programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommended registering as soon as possible after Registration opens to avoid disappointment. If a club is full, you can sign up to be on the club waitlist. In the case that a spot becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist. If you would like advance notice of our Registration Dates, you can sign up for our e-newsletter.

Please contact us at 416-392-1748 or naturecentre@highpark.org if you have any questions.

Cancellation

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 a 50% refund.

Requests made less than 7 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org.

A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather. 

Please contact us at 416-392-1748 o rnaturecentre@highpark.org if you have any questions.

Weather

Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please be sure to dress your child appropriately for the weather as we will be outdoors for most of the activities. Programs will be run indoors in the case of severe inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour. We also advise wearing long pants, socks and long sleeved tops to protect against poison ivy. If you have any questions please call our office at 416-392-1748.

Behaviour

At the High Park Nature Centre we strive to create a safe, inclusive environment for everyone. We want to work with children and parents/guardians to overcome challenging behaviours. Our staff use positive reinforcements, empowering language, and friendly reminders of what appropriate behaviour looks like, sounds like, and feels like. When conflicts arise, we guide children through conflict resolution discussions so they can develop empathy and interpersonal skills. When necessary, staff will discuss with parents/guardians strategies for improving behaviour.

However, in some cases a Program Coordinator may need to remove the child from the program. Parents/guardians will be asked to pick up the child immediately. A refund will not be given in this event. Examples of behaviour that will result in removal include (but are not limited to): violence to themselves or others, bullying, damaging property, refusing to follow safety rules, repeatedly running out of sight, or continued disruption of the program.

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