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Summer Camp

This summer we are offering both in-person and online summer camps.

In-Person Summer Camps


This summer our in-person camps are for kids age 8-12. Please note that camp activities will be the same for all weeks.

More info about camp this summer:

Location High Park Nature Centre
375 Colborne Lodge Drive
Weeks August 4-7*
August 10-14
August 17-21
August 24-28
Aug. 31-Sept. 4
September 8-11*
Timing 9:30 am-3:30 pm
drop-off starts at 9:15, pick-up ends at 3:45
Campers per group 8, with two counsellors
please note siblings will need to be in the same group
Ages 8-12
Fee $385 per camper
*August 4-7 and September 8-11 are 4-day weeks and will be $308

Our Happy Camper Fund Bursary will be open for those who require financial assistance.

Register for In-person Camps
Covid Policies

Please click here for our new Covid-19 policies. Please contact us if you have any questions about these policies.

Included in the polcies is the "Participant Agreement" that all campers will need to agree to at the beginning of the week. Please go over these with your child so they know the expectations before camp starts.

Cancellation Policy

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

  • Cancellations of camp sessions received more than 2 weeks (14 days) before the start of the camp session will receive a refund minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations of camp sessions received 2 weeks (14 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.

If the camp is cancelled by the High Park Nature Centre while camp is in session:

  • Refunds will be provided (pro-rated for the number of days camp has been in session) minus a $50 administration fee

If the camp is cancelled by the High Park Nature Centre before camp is in session:

  • Full refunds will be provided.
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.

Active Outdoor Play

The High Park Nature Centre promotes awareness and respect for nature through year-round, hands-on outdoor nature education and park stewardship activities. We strongly believe that an important part of connecting with nature involves responsible, active outdoor play.

At Nature Centre programs, we do engage in activities such as playing in soil and getting dirty, climbing trees and balancing on logs. Our staff prioritizes safety by establishing clear guidelines with all participants. Children are encouraged to decide if/when they are ready to participate in these activities and are supervised throughout.

If you have questions or would like to talk with staff about your child's participation in active outdoor play, please talk with us.

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.


Online Summer Camps


Our online camps are designed for kids age 6-12. You can sign up for any number of camps you like.

DIY Online Summer Camps

The DIY version of our Online Summer Camps includes extended learning options to do from home, like crafts, recipes, games, and scavenger hunts

Fee: $29

Themes available:

  • Nature Detectives (Forensics in the Forest)
  • City Slickers (Critters in Your Neighbourhood)
  • Animal Pilots (Nature's Frequent Fliers)
  • Weird and Creepy Things
  • Bright and Beautiful Things
FULL Version of Online Summer Camps

The FULL version of our Online Summer Camp includes daily Zoom calls Monday to Friday from 10:00 am -12:00 noon, as well as extended learning options to do from home, like crafts, recipes, games, and scavenger hunts.

Fees: $150 for one child; $275 for two siblings; $400 for 3 siblings

Themes for August:

  • August 4-7: Over the River and Through the Woods
    • Explore different habitats, and the plants and animals that live there!
  • August 24-28: Survival Tips from Creative Creatures
    • Could you survive in the forest? This week we will learn some survival tips from our animal friends- how do they find food, water, and shelter in the forest, and how can humans add to that with the use of fire!

For more info please check out the Online Summer Camp Information Package.

Register for DIY Camps
Register for FULL Online Camps


Financial Support

Our Happy Camper Fund Bursary is also open for those who need financial support. There are also sibling discounts for siblings enrolled in the same camp.

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