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Nature Clubs Early Years
Early Years Clubs

In all of our 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.



Winter Clubs

We will be offering in-person clubs this winter. Clubs will meet once a week for 8 or 9 weeks from January to March.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements:

To see a chart showing our vaccination policy for each program, click here.

Registration for winter clubs opens Thursday, December 9 at 12:00 noon.

Register here!



Winter Clubs Schedule

To see a PDF version of our Winter schedule, click here.

To learn more about our school-aged clubs (Raccoons, Coyotes) click here.

For the schedule of our late-fall clubs already in progress, click here.



Tips for Registration Day

Camp spots fill very quickly! Be prepared for registration day by reading the tips below, and by making sure you already have an account.

Click here for tips for registration day.


Financial Aid

We want everyone to have an opportunity to explore nature with us! If cost is prohibitive to you, please check out our Happy Camper Fund Bursary.


Parking

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your program is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit (we are just south of High Park subway).


Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our FAQs for more details about in-person kids' programs during COVID-19.

*Please note that if Toronto is in the grey lockdown framework, we will not be able to accommodate babes-in-arms during our programs as babies would put us over the limit of 10 people who can gather outdoors.


Nature Baby Details

Ages 6 months – 18 months

Nature Baby is a fun community of infants and their caregivers! Our club is sure to be full of songs, sensory activities, and connecting nature-loving families together! Children and caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. Hikes will be at an adults-carrying-babies pace - please bring a carrier for your child during the hike.

We will meet weekly to:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Sing nature songs
  • Do action rhymes
  • Learn and practice naturalist skills (for adults)
  • Share nature knowledge (for adults)


Nature Baby
Ages 6-18 months

Nature Baby is a fun community of infants and their caregivers!

Waddlers Details

Caregiver-accompanied club

Ages 18 months – 36 months

Waddlers is a fun community of toddlers and their caregivers! Our club is sure to be full of songs, sensory play, and connecting nature-loving families together! 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 High Park. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. Hikes will be at a toddler pace.

We will meet weekly/every other week to:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Explore nature through all of our senses
  • Sing fun nature song and do silly action rhymes
  • Explore the plants and animals
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Waddlers
Ages 18-36 months

Waddlers is a fun community of toddlers and their caregivers!

Knee-High Naturalists Details

Caregiver-accompanied club

Ages 3 – 5

Knee-High Naturalists is a fun community of pre-schoolers and their caregivers! Our club is sure to be full of songs, sensory play, and connecting nature-loving families together! 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 High Park. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. Hikes will be at a child pace.

We will meet weekly/every other week to:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Explore nature through all of our senses
  • Sing fun nature song and do silly action rhymes
  • Explore the plants and animals
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Knee-High Naturalists
Ages 3-5 years

Knee-High Naturalists is a fun community of pre-schoolers and their caregivers!

Fox and Kits Details

Caregiver-accompanied club

Ages 18 months – 5 years

Fox & Kits is a fun community of mixed-age children in their early years and their caregivers! Our club is sure to be full of songs, sensory play, and connecting nature-loving families together! 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 High Park. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their young ones. Hikes will be at a child pace.

We will meet weekly to:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Explore nature through all of our senses
  • Sing fun nature song and do silly action rhymes
  • Explore the plants and animals
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Fox and Kits
Ages 18 months- 5 years

Fox & Kits is a fun community of a wider range of children in their early years and their caregivers!

Club Policies

Location & Parking

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

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your program is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit (we are just south of High Park subway).


Financial Aid

Our Happy Camper Fund Bursary has been extended to include Nature Clubs! If you are in need of financial aid to attend our programs, please apply here.

Please note you will need to register for a club first before we look at your bursary application.

Age Requirements and Siblings

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

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.

*Please note that if Toronto is in the grey lockdown framework, we will not be able to accommodate babes-in-arms during our programs as babies would put us over the limit of 10 people who can gather outdoors.

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

The following outlines our cancellation policy for clubs:

  • Requests made more than 14 days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund.
  • Requests made between 7 and 14 days before the start of the program will receive a 50% refund.
  • Requests made fewer than 7 days before the start of the program will receive no refund. We will not be refunding or be able to accommodate make-up visits if you miss visits due to COVID-19.
  • In situations where HPNC cancels an in-person program due to inclement weather, participants will be eligible for either a make-up visit or a refund for the canceled visit.
  • If a club starts the season in-person, but a stay-at-home-order is enacted, we will move sessions online. If you would like to cancel at that point we will offer prorated refund minus a 10% administration fee.

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at info@highparknaturecentre.com.

Please contact us at info@highparknaturecentre.com if you have any questions.

Weather & Vaccination Policy

In-person 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. On extreme weather days we may need to come inside. We also advise wearing long pants, socks and long sleeved tops to protect against poison ivy.

COVID-19 Vaccination requirements:

  • All participants age 12 and up must be fully vaccinated and present proof of vaccination.
  • All participants age 3 and up must wear a mask indoors, and outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible.

To see a chart showing our vaccination policy for each program, click here.

If you have any questions please email us at info@highparknaturecentre.com.

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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