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School-Age Kids' Clubs
School-Age Kids' Clubs

Our online Nature Clubs will explore the natural wonders of nature while learning about the amazing plants and animals that live here in Toronto. Participants learn about the ecology of their neighbourhoods through play, inquiry, direct experience and observation.

Our nature clubs this summer will be online-based due to COVID-19.

Summer 2020 online clubs registration opens on Wednesday, June 24, at 12PM (noon)! Click on the club names below for more details about dates, times, and program fees. At the time registration opens a "Register Now!" button will become active below.

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TESTIMONIALS

Here is what participants in the Spring 2020 online season had to say:

"I thought the online program was excellent. It really exceeded my expectations. My daughter was engaged the entire time and she really looked forward to the sessions. For a course originally designed to be outdoors and active, [the HPNC] team really pulled together a great virtual experience in a short amount of time."
-Chickadees (ages 6-8) caregiver


Raccoons Details

Ages 6 – 9

Our Raccoons clubs are online communities facilitated by Nature Centre staff for kids aged 6-9 years and supported by their caregiver. Experienced leaders encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for nature in their communities. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their child.

We will meet weekly for a virtual campfire (Zoom meeting) during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Reveal the theme of the session
  • Enjoy a game together
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Each visit will involve nature challenges to keep you engaged in the time between virtual sessions. Five learning packages made with care by Nature Centre staff and posted to the platform Teachable will help guide learning between the virtual campfires. Learning packages will include:

  • Facts and information about the weekly theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenges, such as:
    • Nature crafts
    • Recipes
    • Scavenger hunts
    • Experiments
  • Links and resources to explore

Summer 2020 (online)

Name Day Time Price Dates
Raccoons (Thursday)Every Thursday1pm-2pm$100 for 5 meetings

*15% discount for additional siblings in Raccoons
July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30

Spring 2020 (online)

Name Day Time Price Dates
Raccoons (Tuesday, formerly Saturday)Alternating Tuesdays10:30am-11:30am$72.50 for 5 meetings
April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2, June 16

Raccoons
Ages 6-9

Raccoons is the perfect way to get connected to nature and other nature-loving kids! Kids meet online as a group with HPNC leaders, and then are encouraged to open their windows or get outside for a serious dose of wilderness right in their neighbourhood.

Coyotes Details

Ages 9 – 12

Our Coyotes clubs are online communities facilitated by Nature Centre staff for kids aged 9-12 years and supported by their caregiver as needed. Experienced leaders encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them care for nature in their communities. Caregivers will also learn new ways to explore nature with their child.

We will meet weekly for a virtual campfire (Zoom meeting) during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Reveal the theme of the session
  • Enjoy a game together
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

Each visit will involve nature challenges to keep you engaged in the time between virtual sessions. Five learning packages made with care by Nature Centre staff and posted to the platform Teachable will help guide learning between the virtual campfires. Learning packages will include:

  • Facts and information about the weekly theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenges, such as:
    • Nature crafts
    • Recipes
    • Scavenger hunts
    • Experiments
  • Links and resources to explore

Summer 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Coyotes (Tuesday)Every Tuesday1-2pm$100* for 5 meetings

*15% discount for additional siblings in Coyotes
June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28


Spring 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
CoyotesAlternating Fridays10:30-11:30am$72.50 for 5 meetings April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29, June 12

Coyotes
Ages 9-12

Coyotes is the perfect way to get connected to nature and other nature-loving kids! Kids meet online as a group with HPNC leaders, and then are encouraged to open their windows or get outside for a serious dose of wilderness right in their neighbourhood.

Club Policies

Location

This summer early years in-person nature clubs will take place at the "Cottage Location" of High Park Nature Centre at the 440 Parkside Drive.

Age Requirements

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

Siblings

Our Nature Clubs are for registered participants who are within that club’s age range only. For our caregiver-accompanied early years programs, we allow “babes in arms” (babies who will be carried) to be brought to the program with their caregiver. If you need more information on our sibling policy, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-392-1748 or info@highparknaturecentre.com.

Registration

Registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

Programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommended registering as soon as possible after Registration opens to avoid disappointment. If a club is full, you can sign up to be on the club waitlist. In the case that a spot becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist. If you would like advance notice of our Registration Dates, you can sign up for our e-newsletter.

Please contact us at 416-392-1748 or info@highparknaturecentre.com if you have any questions.

Cancellation

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.

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

A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.

Please contact us at 416-392-1748 or info@highparknaturecentre.com if you have any questions.

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 most of the activities. Programs will be run indoors in the case of severe inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour. 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.

Behaviour

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.

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