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At Home in High Park
Weekday Homeschooling Clubs

“At Home in High Park” is for homeschoolers who love nature and are interested in learning more about the plants and animals of High Park. We learn about the natural world through direct experience, inquiry, observation, play and stewardship action.  Experienced leaders encourage the children to ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder and help them care for the ecology of High Park. 

Caregivers are welcome to attend all of our "At Home in High Park" programs or you can also drop your child off.  There is a 15% discount for additional siblings registered in "At Home in High Park."  

Winter 2019 registration is now open! Click the button below to get started.

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Kinglets Details

Drop-off or Caregiver-Accompanied

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:

  • Making nature crafts
  • Playing lots of nature games
  • Singing nature songs
  • Hiking to some of High Park’s places of natural wonder
  • Wildlife tracking & bird watching
  • Animal and plant identification
  • Planting native plants (spring and fall)

Fall 2018

Name Day Time Price Dates
Kinglets Alternating Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $140 for 6 meetings*Sep. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27

Winter 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Kinglets Alternating Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $140 for 6 meetings*Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 5, Mar. 19

Spring 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
Kinglets Alternating Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $140 for 6 meetings*Dates TBA

*A 15% discount applies for additional siblings registered in an At Home in High Park Club (Kinglets, Chickadees, or Hawks)


Kinglets (formerly Chipmunks)
Ages 4-6 years

This is a creative, active group that loves to have outdoor fun!  Kids get to experience hands on nature exploration through play, storytelling and crafts.

Chickadees Details

Drop-off or Caregiver-accompanied

Ages 6 – 8

“At Home in High Park” is for homeschoolers who love nature and are interested in learning more about the plants and animals of High Park. We learn about the natural world through direct experience, inquiry, observation, play and stewardship action.  Experienced leaders encourage the children to ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder and help them care for the ecology of High Park. Caregivers are welcome to stay and learn with their child!

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

  • Hiking to some of the wonderful natural spaces of High Park
  • Asking questions about the natural world
  • Playing nature games
  • Learning about the many living things in the park
  • Planting native plants (spring and fall)
  • Removing invasive species in partnership with Toronto Urban Forestry (spring and fall)
  • Nature photography
  • Using maps and compasses for orienteering
  • Making projects for the Bowling Field such as brush piles or solitary bee nesting tubes
  • Snowshoeing (winter)

For each session, parents receive extended learning guides that may include:

  • An overview of the weekly theme
  • Pre-visit or post-visit activities to extend learning at home
  • Suggested resources (books, websites, video links, etc)
  • New vocabulary

“I love that it’s a program offered within the city, where it’s easily accessible. Also, a program that is structured in a way that gets children out and involved, creating more awareness and appreciation for nature.” – Parent testimonial

“The mixture of outdoor / hands-on time with learning nature facts is great. I especially like the high percentage of time spent outdoors for each class.” – Parent testimonial

Fall 2018

Name Day Time Price Dates
ChickadeesAlternating Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $140 for 6 meetings*Sep. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27

Winter 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
ChickadeesAlternating Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $140 for 6 meetings*Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 5, Mar. 19

Spring 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
ChickadeesAlternating Tuesdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $140 for 6 meetings*Dates TBA

*A 15% discount applies for additional siblings registered in an At Home in High Park Club (Kinglets, Chickadees, or Hawks)


Chickadees
Ages 6-8 years

Children learn about the natural world through direct experience, inquiry, observation, play and stewardship action.  

Hawks Details

Drop-off or Caregiver-accompanied

Ages 8 – 12

“At Home in High Park” is for homeschoolers who love nature and are interested in learning more about the plants and animals of High Park. We learn about the natural world  through direct experience, inquiry, observation, play, and stewardship action. Experienced leaders encourage the children to ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for the ecology of High Park. Caregivers are welcome to stay and learn with their child!

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

  • Hiking to some of the wonderful natural spaces of High Park
  • Asking questions about the natural world
  • Playing nature games
  • Learning about the many living things in the park
  • Planting native plants (spring and fall)
  • Removing invasive species in partnership with Toronto Urban Forestry (spring and fall)
  • Nature photography
  • Using maps and compasses for orienteering
  • Making projects for the Bowling Field such as brush piles or solitary bee nesting tubes
  • Snowshoeing (winter)

For each session, parents receive extended learning guides that may include:

  • An overview of the weekly theme
  • Pre-visit or post-visit activities to extend learning at home
  • New vocabulary

Fall 2018

Name Day Time Price Dates
HawksAlternating Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm $155 for 6 meetings*Sep. 18, Oct. 2, Oct. 16, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Nov. 27

Winter 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
HawksAlternating Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm $155 for 6 meetings*Jan. 8, Jan. 22, Feb. 5, Feb. 19, Mar. 5, Mar. 19

Spring 2019

Name Day Time Price Dates
HawksAlternating Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm $155 for 6 meetings*Dates TBA

*A 15% discount applies for additional siblings registered in an At Home in High Park Club (Kinglets, Chickadees, or Hawks)


Hawks
Ages 8-12 years

Older children learn about nature through inquiry-based activities, observation and stewardship, following a custom-made academic curriculum tailored to High Park.

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 or naturecentre@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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