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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE

July 29, 2020

The High Park Nature Centre is excited to be offering in-person outdoor education programs again!

Here are some of the changes we have made to our programming in order to meet the current Toronto Public Health guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Physical Distancing: Physical distancing of participants and individual program groups

Health Checks: We are doing health checks for all staff and participants before programs

Hand Washing: We are introducing new hand washing stations and enhanced hand washing protocols

Increased Cleaning: Frequent sanitization of the facility, all surfaces, and program materials

Contactless Sign-in: We are introducing new contactless sign-in procedures

Bring Your Own…: Participants may be asked to bring their own program materials from home

Reduced Group Sizes: Group sizes will be reduced to follow evolving COVID-19 directives in Toronto

Equipment Changes: Adjustments to our program materials to limit cross-contact

Use of Masks: Participants and staff will wear masks in our facility and when physical distancing is challenging

Please email any questions to info@highparknaturecentre.com

July 2, 2020

The High Park Nature Centre is currently planning our in-person programs for this summer. Please stay tuned for the details of this revamped offering of summer programming which will meet the current Toronto Public Health guidelines to continue to limit the spread COVID-19.

Here are some of our first in-person program offerings:

In-person Early Years Clubs

Yoga in the Park


April 21, 2020

Due to COVID-19 the High Park Nature Centre has been closed since March 13th and unfortunately we have made the difficult but necessary decision to remain closed to in person programs until at least June 30th. We are hopeful that this closure will continue to help aid in the effort to “plank the curve”. Please do your part to support this initiative as well and follow the directions of Toronto Public Health or your local public health agency as best as you can.

Please email any questions to info@highparknaturecentre.com

We look forward to seeing you again soon, maybe even virtually and we truly appreciate your continued support and patience.

All the best,

High Park Nature Centre Staff




April 9, 2020

Due to COVID-19 the High Park Nature Centre has been closed since March 13th and unfortunately we have made the difficult but necessary decision to remain closed to in person programs until at least May 4. We are hopeful that this closure will continue to help aid in the effort to “plank the curve”. Please do your part to support this initiative as well and follow the directions of Toronto Public Health or your local public health agency as best as you can.

Please email any questions to info@highparknaturecentre.com

We look forward to seeing you again soon, maybe even virtually and we truly appreciate your continued support and patience.

All the best,

High Park Nature Centre Staff




March 26, 2020

We would like to update you on what the Nature Centre has been doing in response to this time of uncertainty.

We are keeping up to date with all the municipal, provincial and federal public health agencies, keeping in touch with our partners and organizations across the city and we have made some changes that we feel support the actions across the country.

We will follow the recommendations of Toronto Public Health for the indication that it is safe to resume in-person programs of any kind. We have offered refunds to participants for programs running during this time of temporary closure and will continue to offer refunds for any additional periods of closure that may occur.

We have been able to support our staff in working remotely, and a small number of staff go into the Nature Centre each day in order to check on our educational ambassadors Snappy the snake and Houdini the turtle to ensure that they have care. We are still checking the phone messages – but will not be answering the phone live. You can still reach our staff by email.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate the impact of physical distancing on our program offerings. Now more than ever, staying connected to nature (in a safe way) is crucial to our mental wellbeing. The Nature Centre staff are working hard to innovate ways to connect with nature that still support the national efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and “plank the curve”.

We look forward to seeing you again soon - perhaps even virtually.

Keep Calm and Nature On, Sara Street Executive Director

Kara Lysne-Paris Chair & President, Board of Directors




March 13th, 2020

The High Park Nature Centre (HPNC) is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our program participants, staff, volunteers and our community in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As you will have learned, the Government of Ontario has ordered all publicly funded schools in the province to be closed from March 14th to April 5th, as a precautionary measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HPNC has been closely monitoring the public health situation. While this is a time of significant uncertainty, two things are clear: We cannot take risks with the health of our participants, volunteers and staff, nor can we do anything that risks undermining substantial measures authorities have enacted to protect public health.

We are writing to share the unfortunate news that all HPNC programs are suspended as of today, Friday, March 13. This policy will remain in effect until at least April 6, depending on the evolving COVID-19 directives in Toronto.

We will be offering full refunds for any programs that are cancelled during this time period. We will apply this refund to your account. T-shirt purchases will be refunded as well but donations will not because tax receipts have already been issued. Please allow 5 business days for refunds to be processed.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Nature Centre once our programs resume, and hope that our participants stay well.

Please email any questions to info@highparknaturecentre.com

Sincerely,

High Park Nature Centre Staff and Board of Directors

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