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Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2021

Our summer camps are designed to offer hands-on nature exploration through active play and discovery. We get up close and personal with nature, and aren't afraid to get super dirty!

We are optimistic that summer camp will be in-person this year, but we will follow all Toronto Public Health recommendations.

Activities we do at camp may include:

**We have a 2 week limit per camper** To give more kids a chance to come to camp we limit campers to a maximum of 2 camp sessions. Please note that most camp activities will be the same each week.

Registration will open on Thursday, April 29th at 12:00 noon.

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Tips for Registration Day

Camp spots fill very quickly! Be prepared for registration day by reading the tips below, and by making sure you already have an account.

Click here for tips for registration day.


Financial Support

We want everyone to have an opportunity to explore nature with us! If cost is prohibitive to you, please check out our Happy Camper Fund Bursary.

Covid Policies

Please click here to see our FAQs for more details about in-person camp programs during COVID-19.

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.
Camp Bursaries (Financial Aid)

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. Our Happy Camper Fund Bursary helps give financial aid to those who need it and give everyone the opportunity to come to camp!

Click here to apply to the Happy Camper Fund Bursary.

Click here to donate to the Happy Camper Fund.

Registration Deposits

At the time of registration we require a $50 deposit for each session. The remainder of the fees will be charged to your credit card on June 1, 2021.

Children may be enrolled in a maximum of two camp sessions per summer.

Waitlists

If a program is full, you may choose to be added to the waitlist through our online system. When a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the wait list by email.

Camp Groups and Friend Requests

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 on your registration form. 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.

Timing

Camp runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Camp drop-off starts at 9:00 am; pick-up is from 4:00-4:15 pm.

Age

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

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 all of the activities, apart from using the washroom. In the case of severe inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour we will run programming on our verandahs, or indoors (if possible). 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.


Age Groups

Cicadas

Ages 6-8

Cicadas are active and curious! They play nature games, make nature crafts, go on scavenger hunts, and meet lots of new friends.

Dragonflies

Ages 8-10

Dragonflies are seriously into nature! Campers will have fun learning more about nature while exploring the park.

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.

Ramblers

Ages 12-14

Ramblers develop important skills and perform meaningful stewardship work in the park. They will work with tools, develop ID skills, go on hikes, and bond with youth who share their passion for nature.

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Ages 14-16

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.

2021 Camp Schedule

**We have a 2 week limit per camper** To give more kids a chance to come to camp we limit campers to a maximum of 2 camp sessions. Please note that most camp activities will be the same each week.


Cicadas
Age 6-8
Dragonflies
Age 8-10
Mantids
Age 10-12
Ramblers
Age 12-14
LIT
Age 14-16
Week 1
July 5-9
$410 $410 $410
Week 2
July 12-16
$410 $410 $410 $410
Week 3
July 19-23
$410 $410 $410 $410
Week 4
July 26-30
$410 $410 $410
Week 5
August 3-6*
$328 $328 $328
Week 6
August 9-13
$410 $410 $410 $410
Week 7
August 16-20
$410 $410 $410
Week 8
August 23-27
$410 $410 $410
Week 9
August 30-
September 3
$410 $410 $410

Regular camp drop-off starts at 9:00 am and pick-up ends at 4:15 pm.

*Please note that Week 6 (August 4-7) is a 4-day week due to the Civic Holiday.

If a square is grey then that age group is not offered that week.


At the time of registration we require a $50 deposit for each session. The remainder of the fees will be charged to your credit card on June 1, 2021.



Financial Support

We want everyone to have an opportunity to explore nature with us! If cost is prohibitive to you, please check out our Happy Camper Fund Bursary.

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