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Guides & Scouts

We've made some changes to our Guides & Scouts program offerings, which now sit under our teambuilding programs. Bookings for 2019/20 teambuilding programs are now open!

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The High Park Nature Centre offers a wide range of outdoor environmental and stewardship programs to Guides and Scouts. Our programs are designed to help encourage teambuilding, exploration and observation of the natural world, and to help participants work towards earning badges in a number of ecologically-focused areas. Each program is led by two knowledgeable nature instructors and includes a hike in High Park.

2019/2020 Program Fees

One-time visit: $220

High Park Through the Seasons (three part program) One program in fall, one in winter, and one in spring: $560 for 3 programs

Maximum 25 students per program. Group leaders and parent volunteers participate at no charge.


Days and Times

Program times can be slightly modified to accommodate group meeting schedules. Please inquire about varied times during booking process. Kindly note that some of our program offerings require a 2-hour time block - please see the programs menu below for more details.

Winter, Spring & Fall

Monday - Thursday

Programs

Fall Programs

Mapping and Orienteering

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Learn the basics of map and compass work during this hands-on program. Younger participants (ages 9 and under) will focus on maps and the four cardinal directions, progressing in teams through an exciting multi-step scavenger hunt. Older participants (ages 10 and over) will practice their new skills on an orienteering course in High Park, learning to navigate with both a map and compass.

Savannah Stewards

Ages 4+ | 1.5 or 2 hours

Did you know that High Park is home to the black oak savannah, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems? Share and grow your naturalist knowledge, and become stewards of the savannah by planting native wildflowers and grasses or creating and dispersing native seed balls.

Birding Basics

Ages 4+ | 1.5 or 2 hours

Discover the basics of bird watching! In the Fall and early Winter, learn all about the owls that make High Park their home. In the late Winter and early Spring, learn the many species of birds that depend on High Park to survive. Explore High Park as a stopover during migration, as a site for nesting, or as a destination for winter birds. An intermediate-level birding course is available upon request.

Fire Skills & Storytelling

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Connect back to the land and learn about High Park ecology through this action packed program which will explore how the roles of storytelling and fire have shaped us as humans. Share and gather new naturalist skills, practice using *ancient fire technologies: flint and steel and tinder bundles, and share warmth and stories around a fire. You'll have the option to roast a tasty snack over the flames to close out the day.

*Youth aged 6-7 will focus on fire building instead of tinder bundles & flint & steel

Winter Programs

Snowshoeing by Moonlight

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Discover the history of snowshoeing. Learn basic techniques with modern snowshoes and then go on a snowshoe hike in High Park, guided by the moon! (snow conditions permitting)

Mapping and Orienteering

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Learn the basics of map and compass work during this hands-on program. Younger participants (ages 9 and under) will focus on maps and the four cardinal directions, progressing in teams through an exciting multi-step scavenger hunt. Older participants (ages 10 and over) will practice their new skills on an orienteering course in High Park, learning to navigate with both a map and compass.

Birding Basics

Ages 4+ | 1.5 or 2 hours

Discover the basics of bird watching! In the Fall and early Winter, learn all about the owls that make High Park their home. In the late Winter and early Spring, learn the many species of birds that depend on High Park to survive. Explore High Park as a stopover during migration, as a site for nesting, or as a destination for winter birds. An intermediate-level birding course is available upon request.

Fire Skills & Storytelling

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Connect back to the land and learn about High Park ecology through this action packed program which will explore how the roles of storytelling and fire have shaped us as humans. Share and gather new naturalist skills, practice using *ancient fire technologies: flint and steel and tinder bundles, and share warmth and stories around a fire. You'll have the option to roast a tasty snack over the flames to close out the day.

*Youth aged 6-7 will focus on fire building instead of tinder bundles & flint & steel

Spring Programs

Spring Planting

Ages 4+ | 1.5 or 2 hours - (Late May to end of June)

Why do flowers bloom? Why are they bright colours, and why do they smell nice? Participants will look for spring flowers, and plant native wildflowers and grasses or create and disperse native seed balls.

Mapping and Orienteering

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Learn the basics of map and compass work during this hands-on program. Younger participants (ages 9 and under) will focus on maps and the four cardinal directions, progressing in teams through an exciting multi-step scavenger hunt. Older participants (ages 10 and over) will practice their new skills on an orienteering course in High Park, learning to navigate with both a map and compass.

Savannah Stewards

Ages 4+ | 1.5 or 2 hours

Did you know that High Park is home to the black oak savannah, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems? Share and grow your naturalist knowledge, and become stewards of the savannah by planting native wildflowers and grasses or creating and dispersing native seed balls.

Birding Basics

Ages 4+ | 1.5 or 2 hours

Discover the basics of bird watching! In the Fall and early Winter, learn all about the owls that make High Park their home. In the late Winter and early Spring, learn the many species of birds that depend on High Park to survive. Explore High Park as a stopover during migration, as a site for nesting, or as a destination for winter birds. An intermediate-level birding course is available upon request.

Fire Skills & Storytelling

Ages 6+ | 2 hours

Connect back to the land and learn about High Park ecology through this action packed program which will explore how the roles of storytelling and fire have shaped us as humans. Share and gather new naturalist skills, practice using *ancient fire technologies: flint and steel and tinder bundles, and share warmth and stories around a fire. You'll have the option to roast a tasty snack over the flames to close out the day.

*Youth aged 6-7 will focus on fire building instead of tinder bundles & flint & steel

Policies

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee). Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund. Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted by email to info@highparknaturecentre.com. In the event of inclement weather (see definition below) we will endeavour to reschedule the session.

Rescheduling a Booking

We will do our best to accommodate requests to reschedule a booking made 7 or more days before the start of the program.

Inclement Weather Policy

Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please remind all participants to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outdoors for most of the activities. We also advise wearing long pants, socks, and close-toed shoes to protect against poison ivy in the park. Programs may need to be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms, or high winds over 35 km per hour. If a program is rescheduled by the High Park Nature Centre, we will contact you at least 1 hour prior to your start time on the day of the program. We are able to offer fully indoor programming in the case of severe or dangerous weather. If inclement weather prevents you from attending your program, we will do our best to reschedule your visit.

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