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Nature Clubs for Kids

Registration for Fall 2018 Clubs is now open.  To register, you can click on the “Register Now” button below.  Spots fill up fast so don’t delay!

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. You can register online by clicking the “Register Now” button below. 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. Indoor programs will be run 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 Policy

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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Adult Accompanied Early Years Programs

Nature Baby 

Nature babies learn the wild ways of High Park along with their parents as they listen to birds, touch the natural textures of the woods and enjoy the fresh air . Indoors, experienced leaders gently encourage participants to experience and appreciate nature playfully with songs, rhymes, crafts and sensory stations. Ages 6-8 mo


Waddlers

Toddlers (aka Waddlers) learn the wild ways of High Park along with their parents as they look under logs for bugs, listen for birds, smell flowers, feel dirt and play in the woods. Experienced leaders gently encourage participants to experience and appreciate nature playfully. Ages 18-36 mo


Knee-High Naturalists

“This is so much fun!!” Knee-High Naturalists learn the wild ways of High Park as they look under logs for bugs, listen for birds, smell flowers, feel dirt and play imaginatively in the woods. Ages 3-5


Fox and Kits

Fox and Kits is a new program at the Nature Centre for adults and a wider age range of children in their early years.  Children and caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature. Ages 6mo-5yr


Drop-off After School and Weekend Clubs

Chipmunks / Les petits suisses

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. Ages 4-6


Raccoons

Raccoons is the perfect way to refresh after a long indoor school day, or a long week at school! Kids get outside for a serious dose of wilderness right here in Toronto. In the woodlands, we forget that we are even in the city as we find intricate lichens, invite chickadees to land on our hands, jump in a pile of leaves or feel the mud beneath our feet. Ages 6-9


Coyotes

Saturday mornings are for exploring nature! Get outside for a dose of wilderness right here in Toronto. Kids forget that they are even in the city as they find intricate lichens, invite chickadees to land on their hands, jump in a pile of leaves or feel the mud beneath their feet. Ages 9-12


Weekday Homeschooling Clubs

At Home in High Park

“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.

Chickadees: Ages 6-8

Hawks: ages 8 – 12

Eagles: ages 12 – 16

Chipmunks (Tuesdays)

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.


Volunteer Leadership

High Park Rangers

High Park Rangers is a weekday after school nature club for youth aged 12 – 16. Youth will take care of High Park while becoming environmental leaders in the community. The High Park Rangers will develop important skills and perform meaningful stewardship work. The High Park Rangers will also help lead the drop-in Family Nature Walks for the public and plan their own public walk to teach the community about their stewardship activities. Ages 12-16


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