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Early Years Clubs

In our online early years programs, children and their caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature. Experienced leaders encourage the children to follow their natural curiosity, nurture their sense of wonder and help them care for the nature in their neighbourhoods. Caregivers will also learn a wealth of new ways to explore nature with their young ones.

All nature clubs in spring will be online-based due to COVID-19.

For more information about the online format of our Nature Clubs this spring, please see the Spring 2020 Nature Club FAQ.

Spring 2020 clubs registration is now open! Click on the club names below for more details about dates, times, and program fees. Click on the "Register Now!" button to register!

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Nature Baby Details

Ages 6 months – 18 months

Nature Baby is an online community facilitated by Nature Centre staff for babies (6 months - 18 months) and their caregiver. This spring we will be exploring “Trees and the gifts they give” - each visit we will be focusing on one of those gifts.

We will meet biweekly for a virtual campfire during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Sing nature songs
  • Do action rhymes
  • Enjoy activities (simple nature crafts, read stories)
  • Learn and practice naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Each visit will involve a nature challenge to keep you engaged in the time between virtual sessions. Five learning packages made with care by Nature Centre staff will help guide the learning between the virtual campfires. Learning packages will include:

  • Facts and information about the daily theme
  • Descriptions of the challenge
  • An additional nature craft or activity to try at home
  • The links to the videos of songs we sung at the virtual campfire
  • Some additional links to songs/rhymes
  • Links and resources to explore


“Nature Baby is an amazing program!….It was so neat to see the babies grow! And to talk and walk with the other parents.” – Participant testimonial

“I loved it entirely: the time in the Nature Centre (the atmosphere, the nature items & toys, the animals, the songs) and the hikes & activities in the woods. The pace & friendliness was just right. And I really enjoyed learning tidbits about nature in the park.” – Participant testimonial

Spring 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Nature Baby- TuesdayAlternating Tuesdays1-2:00pm$57.50 for 5 meetings April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16


Winter 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Nature Baby- Thursday Alternating Thursdays 10:30 am – 12pm $115 for 6 meetings January 9, January 23, February 6, February 20, March 5, March 12*
*Session date moved due to March Break


Fall 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Nature Baby- ThursdayAlternating Thursdays10:30 am – 12pm$115 for 6 meetingsSeptember 19, October 3, October 17, October 31, November 14, November 28
Nature Baby- FridayAlternating Fridays10:30 am – 12pm
$115 for 6 meetingsSeptember 27, October 11, October 25, November 8, November 22, December 6

Nature Baby
Ages 6-18 months


Waddlers Details

Caregiver-accompanied club

Ages 18 months – 36 months


Our Early Years programs (Waddlers, Fox & Kits and Knee-High Naturalists) are online communities facilitated by Nature Centre staff for young kids and their caregivers. Children and caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature. Experienced leaders encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for nature in their communities. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. This spring we will be exploring “Trees and the gifts they give” - each visit we will focus on one of those gifts!

We will meet biweekly for a virtual campfire (Zoom meeting) during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Sing nature songs
  • Do action rhymes
  • Enjoy an activity together (simple nature crafts, or read a story)
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Each visit will involve a nature challenge to keep you engaged in the time between virtual sessions. Five learning packages made with care by Nature Centre staff will help guide the learning between the virtual campfires. Learning packages will include:

  • Facts and information about the daily theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenge
  • An additional nature craft or activity to try at home
  • The links to the videos of songs we sung at the virtual campfire
  • Some additional links to songs/rhymes
  • Links and resources to explore

Spring 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Waddlers- WednesdayAlternating Wednesdays 10:30 am $57.50 for 5 meetings April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17


Winter 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Waddlers- SaturdayAlternating Saturdays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetings January 18, February 1, February 15, February 29, March 14, March 28
Waddlers- SundayAlternating Sundays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetings January 19, February 2, February 16, March 1, March 15, March 29
Waddlers- ThursdayAlternating Thursdays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetings January 16, January 30, February 13, February 27, March 12, March 26


Fall 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Waddlers- WednesdayAlternating Wednesdays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetingsSeptember 18, October 2, October 16, October 30, November 13, November 27
Waddlers- ThursdayAlternating Thursdays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetingsSeptember 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5
Waddlers- SaturdayAlternating Saturdays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetingsSeptember 28, October 12*, October 26, November 9, November 23, December 7
*Thanksgiving weekend
Waddlers- SundayAlternating Sundays10am – 11:30 am $115 for 6 meetingsSeptember 29, October 13*, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8
*Thanksgiving weekend


Summer 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Waddlers- Thursday Every Thursday 10am – 11:30 am $110 for 6 meetings July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 15*, August 22
*Session date moved due to scheduling conflicts


Waddlers
Ages 18-36 months


Knee-High Naturalists Details

Caregiver-accompanied club

Ages 3 – 5

Our Early Years programs (Waddlers, Fox & Kits and Knee-High Naturalists) are online communities facilitated by Nature Centre staff for young kids and their caregivers. Children and caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature. Experienced leaders encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for nature in their communities. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. This spring we will be exploring “Trees and the gifts they give” - each visit we will focus on one of those gifts!

We will meet biweekly for a virtual campfire (Zoom meeting) during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Sing nature songs
  • Do action rhymes
  • Enjoy an activity together (simple nature crafts, or read a story)
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Each visit will involve a nature challenge to keep you engaged in the time between virtual sessions. Five learning packages made with care by Nature Centre staff will help guide the learning between the virtual campfires. Learning packages will include:

  • Facts and information about the daily theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenge
  • An additional nature craft or activity to try at home
  • The links to the videos of songs we sung at the virtual campfire
  • Some additional links to songs/rhymes
  • Links and resources to explore


Spring 2020


Name Day Time Price Dates
Knee-High Naturalists- Thursday (formerly Sunday)Alternating Thursdays1 pm - 2 pm$62.50 for 5 meetings April 16, April 30, May 14, May 28, June 11

Winter 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Knee-High Naturalists- Sunday Alternating Sundays 1:30pm – 3pm $125 for 6 meetings January 19, February 2, February 16, March 1, March 15, March 29

Fall 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Knee-High Naturalists- TuesdayAlternating Tuesdays 10am – 11:30am $125 for 6 meetings
September 17, October 1, October 15, October 29, November 12, November 26
Knee-High Naturalists- SundayAlternating Sundays 1:30pm – 3pm $125 for 6 meetingsSeptember 29, October 13*, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8
*Thanksgiving weekend

Knee-High Naturalists
Ages 3-5 years


Fox and Kits Details

Caregiver-accompanied club

Ages 18 months – 5 years

Our Early Years programs (Waddlers, Fox & Kits and Knee-High Naturalists) are online communities facilitated by Nature Centre staff for young kids and their caregivers. Children and caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature. Experienced leaders encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for nature in their communities. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. This spring we will be exploring “Trees and the gifts they give” - each visit we will focus on one of those gifts!

We will meet biweekly for a virtual campfire (Zoom meeting) during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Sing nature songs
  • Do action rhymes
  • Enjoy an activity together (simple nature crafts, or read a story)
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Each visit will involve a nature challenge to keep you engaged in the time between virtual sessions. Five learning packages made with care by Nature Centre staff will help guide the learning between the virtual campfires. Learning packages will include:

  • Facts and information about the daily theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenge
  • An additional nature craft or activity to try at home
  • The links to the videos of songs we sung at the virtual campfire
  • Some additional links to songs/rhymes
  • Links and resources to explore


Spring 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Fox and Kits- Friday Alternating Fridays 10:30 - 11:30 am$72.50 for 5 meetings April 24, May 8, May 22, June 5, June 19


Winter 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Fox and Kits- SundayAlternating Sundays 10am – 11:30am $115* for 6 meetings January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 8, March 22
Fox and Kits- TuesdayAlternating Tuesdays10am – 11:30am $115* for 6 meetings January 14, January 28, February 11, February 25, March 10, March 24

*There is a 15% discount for additional siblings registered in "Fox and Kits".

Fall 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Fox and Kits- FridayAlternating Fridays10am – 11:30am $115* for 6 meetings
September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15, November 29
Fox and Kits- SundayAlternating Sundays10am – 11:30am $115* for 6 meetingsSeptember 22, October 6, October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1
Fox and Kits- TuesdayAlternating Tuesdays10am – 11:30am $115* for 6 meetings
September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 3

*There is a 15% discount for additional siblings registered in "Fox and Kits".

Summer 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Fox and Kits- Tuesday Every Tuesday 10am – 11:30am $110* for 6 meetings July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, August 13*, August 20
*Session date moved due to scheduling conflicts
Fox and Kits- Wednesday Every Wednesday 10am – 11:30am $110* for 6 meetings July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31, August 14*, August 21
*Session date moved due to scheduling conflicts


Fox and Kits
Ages 18 months- 5 years

An early years nature club for a wider age range.

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 info@highparknaturecentre.com.

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 info@highparknaturecentre.com 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 info@highparknaturecentre.com.

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 or info@highparknaturecentre.com 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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