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Summer Camp

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 dirty!


Summer Camp registration will open on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 am.

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Location

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).

Timing

Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. 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.

Age

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

Registration

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.

Refunds

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org.

  • Cancellations of camp sessions received more than 4 weeks (28 days) before the start of the camp session will receive a refund minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations of camp sessions received 4 weeks (28 days) or less before the start of the camp session will not qualify for a refund.
  • Cancellations of t-shirts, before care and after care are accepted at any time, but are subject to a 10% administration fee.
  • Cancellations due to medical reasons require a doctor’s note, and are subject to a $50 administration fee. Doctor’s notes must be received within one week after the end of the camp session.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.
Wait Lists

If a program is full, you may choose to be added to the wait list through our online system. Before July 3, 2018, when a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the wait list by phone or email. After July 3, 2018, when a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the waitlist only by email.

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.

Camp Groups

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.

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.


Summer Camps 2018

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

Ages 4-6

Leafhoppers are a creative, active group that love to have fun. Participants learn about the ecology of High Park through play and inquiry. Leafhoppers will make crafts, read stories, play games, and explore High Park!

Cicadas

Ages 6-8

Discover the amazing diversity of plants, animals and insects of High Park’s habitats. Cicadas will play nature games, make nature crafts, swim at the High Park pool, go on scavenger hunts, and meet lots of new friends!

Dragonflies

Ages 8-10

Dragonflies are seriously into nature! Campers will have fun learning how to hone their observation, identification, and environmental stewardship skills, while working together as a team. Dragonflies also go swimming in the High Park pool.

Mantids

Ages 10-12

Mantids will have fun learning how to hone their observation, identification, and environmental stewardship skills, while working together as a team. Mantids also go swimming in the High Park pool.

Rangers

Ages 12-16

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.

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Ages 14-16

High Park Rangers 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

2018 Camp Schedule for 4-12 Year Olds

Week
Leafhoppers
ages 4-6
Cicadas
ages 6-8
Dragonflies
ages 8-10
Mantids
ages 10-12
DatesPrice
Week 1July 3-6$252
Week 2
July 9-13$315
Week 3
July 16-20$315
Week 4
July 23-27$315
Week 5
July 30-Aug. 3$315
Week 6
Aug. 7-10$252
Week 7
Aug.13-17$315
Week 8
Aug. 20-24$315
Week 9
Aug. 27-31$315

*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.


2018 Camp Schedule for 12-16 Year Olds

WeekRangers
ages 12-16
Leaders In Training (LIT)
ages 14-16
DatesPrice
Week 2July 9-13$300
Week 4July 23-27$315



Looking for parent and child programs?

We will be offering offering nature clubs for 1-5 year olds and their guardians as weekly clubs this summer. For more information, see our Early Years Nature Clubs page here.

High Park Nature Centre T-Shirts and Onesies


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 naturecentre@highpark.org. For availability of adult sizes, please contact us.

 


 Help Send a Kid to Camp with the Happy Camper Fund!

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.

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