We are super excited to see some of our friends again in nature! We know that attending in-person programs again will be a re-adjustment. We have been working hard to ensure programs are fun, educational and safe. Please see the questions below. If your question isn't answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be different, but it will certainly be fun and adventurous! Our focus continues to be connecting with local nature through guided exploration, play and structured learning. Our staff are as enthusiastic as ever to explore High Park with you. There are a number of changes we have made behind the scenes to make things safer, but the main differences you will notice from pre-COVID times are:
For sure! Programs will be 100% outdoors, but sanitized washrooms will be available at each of our locations.
Programs will continue outdoors in the rain. In severely inclement weather such as high winds, lightning or extreme temperatures we will:
We have made adjustments to our programs to make sure that we keep ourselves and our community safe and continue to follow the guidelines of Toronto Public Health. Although we are making efforts to increase health and safety, we cannot guarantee that you or your child will not contract COVID-19 at our programs.
Here are some of the ways we will ensure health and safety:
Because of diligent staff health screening, there is a possibility that some days we may not have staff available to lead the program. In situations where HPNC cancels a program, participants will be eligible for either a make-up visit or a refund for the canceled visit.
Unfortunately, we will not be refunding or able to accomodate make-up visits if you miss visits due to COVID.
To ensure the health and well-being of other participants, you will need to stay home if you or your child have any of the following:
If a participant becomes sick during the program, staff would separate them from the group to a supervised “quiet area”. We would take their temperature and track symptoms. If they are showing any of the symptoms listed above more than normal, a parent or family member will be called and will need to pick up the child as soon as possible (maximum 1 hour). A negative COVID-19 test result and being clear of symptoms for 24 hours are required to rejoin the program.
Participants can return to the program once they have received a negative COVID-19 test or a doctor’s note and are free of symptoms.
When we are outdoors, we will ask participants to wear masks when keeping a social distance of 2 m is challenging. This happens more often with younger campers who find social distancing challenging. We continue to adapt our programs to make social distance a part of games and activities. We would always wear masks when indoors to use the washrooms. When social distancing is easy, masks are optional. You are encouraged to bring your own reusable or non-medical mask or face covering. We will also have some disposable non-medical masks available for participants who forgot theirs.
Normally, our Chipmunks club (ages 4-6) is a drop-off club. Currently, however, we request that each Chipmunk attend the club with a caregiver present. We recognize the challenge with distancing and wearing masks for young children, and feel that at the current time it is in all of our best interests to have a 1:1 supervision ratio to ensure safety. Caregivers will also be able to safely provide any additional assistance as required in the washroom or otherwise.