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Happy Camper Fund Bursary Application

Nature is an amazing adventure! Happy Nature Centre participants run, hike, climb, sing, explore, get dirty, make new friends and connect to nature in downtown Toronto’s largest urban park.

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.

Click here for information on how to donate to the Happy Camper Fund.

This program has been made possible thanks to a generous donor (that wishes to remain anonymous).


To apply for the Happy Camper Fund Bursary

For a Nature Club, or Spring Break program:

  1. You can apply in one of two ways:
    1. If registration is not yet open, you can apply to the bursary at least a week before registration opens, or
    2. If registration is open, you may register for the program before applying to the bursary (you will need to pay the full price of the program to do this)
  2. Complete the application below.
  3. We will get back to you within a week to let you know if your bursary is confirmed.
  4. If you have applied to the bursary before registration opens we will send you a coupon code to use when registering. If you have already registered for the program and paid the full price we will refund the amount of your bursary to your credit card.
  5. If you would like to apply to the bursary but are unable to pay the full price of the program, or you do not own a credit card, please contact Mallory Parks, Nature Clubs Supervisor, at mparks@highparknature centre.com.



For a Summer
Camp program:

  1. Register for a Summer Camp program. You will need to pay the $50 deposit to do this.
  2. Complete the application below within two weeks of your registration.
  3. We will get back to you within a week to let you know if your bursary is confirmed.
  4. If you would like to apply but do not own a credit card, please contact Mallory Parks, Nature Clubs Supervisor, at mparks@highparknature centre.com..


For more information on our Happy Camper Bursary, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Can I apply for the bursary before registering for camps or clubs?

For Summer Camp:
No. You will need to secure a camp spot before applying for a bursary.

Summer camp registration day is very competitive, and camp spots fill within minutes. You will be required to pay a $50 deposit to secure the spot.

Click here for some tips for registering on registration day.


For Nature Clubs and Spring Break Camp:
If it is at least a week before registration opens, you can apply to the bursary before registering. If your bursary is confirmed we will send you a coupon code to use when registering.

If it is less than a week before registration opens, we cannot guarantee we will have time to review your application before registration.

If registration is already open, we recommend registering to confirm your spot first and then applying to the bursary. If you apply to the bursary before securing a spot the program may fill before we can confirm your bursary. You will be required to pay the full fee to secure a spot. If you would like to apply to the bursary but are unable to pay the full price of the program, please contact Mallory Parks, Camp Programs Supervisor at mallory@highpark.org.

Can I apply for a bursary for all of my children?

Yes, you can apply for a bursary for all children living in your household.

How many programs can I apply a bursary to?

For Summer Camp:
Children can be enrolled in a maximum of 2 camp sessions in a summer. You can apply for a bursary for one or two weeks of camp for each child.

For Nature Clubs and Spring Break Camp:
You can apply for a bursary for any club sessions each child is enrolled in.

When is the application deadline?

For Summer Camp:
All bursary applications must be received within two weeks of registering.

For Nature Clubs and Spring Break Camp:
You must apply for the bursary at least one week before the camp session.

What can I do if my bursary is lower than I expected?

If we are unable to offer you a bursary, or if the amount we can offer is less than you require in order to afford camp, you can cancel the weeks of camp you can no longer afford with no financial penalty. Please see the cancellation policies below.

When will I hear if my bursary is approved?

We will contact all bursary applicants within a week of your application.

What is the cancellation policy for Summer Camp?

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

If you have applied for a bursary you can cancel your spot within a week of receiving your bursary with no financial penalty. After that date our regular cancellation policy applies:

  • Cancellations of camp sessions received more than 4 weeks (28 days) before the start of the camp session will receive a refund minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations of camp sessions received 4 weeks (28 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.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.
What is the cancellation policy for Nature Clubs and Spring Break Camp?

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

If you have applied for a bursary you can cancel your spot within a week of receiving your bursary with no financial penalty. After that date our regular cancellation policy applies:

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

  • 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 a 50% refund.
  • Requests made less than 7 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.
  • A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.
If I applied to the bursary in the past do I need to apply again?

Yes, you will need to apply for the bursary each new season you would like to receive it.




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