Our summer camps are designed to offer hands-on nature exploration through play and discovery. We get up close and personal with nature, and aren't afraid to get super dirty!
At the High Park Nature Centre, we want all kids to experience the joy that time in nature can bring and grow up with a connection to the natural world.
Given the High Park Nature Centre's desire to ensure that all kids get the chance to experience the joy that nature can bring we've launched a new pilot program called the Happy Camper Fund Bursary. This pilot program has been made possible thanks to a generous donor (that wishes to remain anonymous).
Programs take place at the High Park Nature Centre located at near the High Park Avenue main gates at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (also known as the Forest School).
Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Regular camp drop-off starts at 8:45 a.m. and pick-up ends at 4:15 p.m.
Before care is available from 8:00-8:45 a.m. for $30 a week, and after care from 4:15-5:30 p.m. for $60 per week. We no longer offer single days of before and after care.
For all programs, children MUST be of the minimum age of the program on or before the start of the program.
Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received. Children may be enrolled in a maximum of two camp sessions per summer.
Campers will be divided into counsellor groups based on age. If you know your child has friends attending the same week of camp who are within one year of your child, please let us know by filling out the supplemental form after you register. We will do our best to fulfill requests, but unfortunately cannot guarantee more than one request per camper, nor requests for friends who are more than one year apart.
Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at email@example.com.
If a program is full, you may choose to be added to the wait list through our online system. Before July 2, 2019, when a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the wait list by phone or email. After July 2, 2019, when a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the waitlist only by email.
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.
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.
Campers are welcome to register for a maximum of 2 camp sessions. Campers will receive a High Park Nature Centre bandana on their first week of camp. T-shirts are optional, and are available for $20.
Leafhoppers are a creative group that love to have fun. Leafhoppers will make crafts, read stories, play games, and explore High Park! Leafhoppers go to the splash pad on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ratio of staff to campers is 1:6.
Cicadas are active and curious! They play nature games, make nature crafts, go on scavenger hunts, and meet lots of new friends. Cicadas swim at the High Park pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ratio of staff to campers is 1:8.
Dragonflies are seriously into nature! Campers will have fun learning more about nature while exploring the park. Dragonflies swim at the High Park pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ratio of staff to campers is 1:10.
Mantids will have fun learning how to hone their observation, identification, and environmental stewardship skills, while working together as a team. Mantids swim at the High Park pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ratio of staff to campers is 1:10.
Rangers develop important skills and perform meaningful stewardship work in the park. They will work with tools, develop ID skills, go on hikes, swim at the High Park pool, and bond with youth who share their passion for nature. Ratio of staff to campers is 1:12.
LIT's take care of High Park while becoming environmental leaders in the community. In the first week of camp, Rangers will develop important teamwork, leadership, and nature skills. After their week of "training", Rangers will come back to volunteer with summer camp for one week.
*Participation in our LIT program will help youth accumulate community involvement hours required to graduate high school.
For more information about our volunteer High Park Rangers program during the school year, click here.
Regular camp drop-off starts at 8:45 am and pick-up ends at 4:15 pm. Before care is available from 8:00-8:45 am for $30 a week, and after care from 4:15-5:30 pm for $60 per week. We no longer offer single days of before and after care.
*Please note that Week 1 (July 3-6) and Week 6 (August 7-10) are 4-day weeks due to Canada Day and the Civic Holiday.
If a square is grey then that age group is not offered that week.
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Our youth t-shirts and infant onesies are $20 each. If you are interested in buying a t-shirt or a onesie, please indicate the colour and size on your registration form or contact us at 416-392-1748 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For availability of adult sizes, please contact us.
Camp is a blast! We would like all kids to have the chance to experience nature camp. Click here to learn how you can help send a kid to camp through our Happy Camper Fund.