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Homeschool Nature Clubs

Our Homeschool Nature Club series is targeted towards homeschoolers who love nature and are interested in learning more about the plants and animals of Toronto. We learn about the natural world through direct experience, inquiry, observation, and play. Experienced leaders encourage the children to ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder and help them care for the ecology of Toronto.

All nature clubs in spring will be online-based due to COVID-19.

For more information about the online format of our Nature Clubs this spring, please see the Spring 2020 Nature Club FAQ.

Spring 2020 clubs registration is now open! Click on the club names below for more details about dates, times, and program fees. Click on the "Register Now!" button to register!

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Kinglets Details

Kinglets Homeschool

Ages 4-6

Kinglets Homeschool is part of our homeschool-targeted series of clubs. The Kinglets club is an online community facilitated by Nature Centre staff for homeschool kids aged 4 - 6 years and their caregiver. Children and caregivers have the chance to explore and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature.

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. This spring we will be exploring animal babies - each visit we will focus on a different baby animal!

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

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Sing nature songs
  • Enjoy an activity together (simple nature crafts, or read a story)
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

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

  • Facts and information about the daily theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenge
  • An additional nature craft or activity to try at home
  • The links to the videos of songs we sung at the virtual campfire
  • Some additional links to songs
  • Links and resources to explore


Spring 2020

Name Day Time Price Dates
Kinglets Alternating Tuesdays 1pm - 2 pm $75 for 5 meetings April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9

Kinglets Homeschool
Ages 4-6 years

This is a creative, active group that loves to have outdoor fun! Kids get to experience hands on nature exploration through play, storytelling and crafts.

Chickadees Details

Chickadees Homeschool

Ages 6 – 8

Chickadees Homeschool is part of our homeschool-targeted series of clubs. The Chickadees club is an online community facilitated by Nature Centre staff for homeschool 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. This spring we will be exploring food webs and food chains- each visit we will focus on one level in the food chain.

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

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Enjoy a game together
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

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

  • Facts and information about the weekly theme
  • Descriptions of the nature challenge
  • An additional nature craft or activity to try at home
  • Links and resources to explore


Spring 2020


Name Day Time Price Dates
Chickadees Alternating Tuesdays 1 pm - 2 pm $75 for 5 meetingsApril 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9

Chickadees Homeschool

Ages 6 - 8

Our Chickadees club is an online community facilitated by Nature Centre staff for kids aged 6-9 years and supported by their caregiver.

Hawks Details

Hawks Homeschool

Ages 8 - 12

Hawks Homeschool is part of our homeschool-targeted series of clubs. The Hawks club is an online community facilitated by Nature Centre staff for kids aged 8-12 years with some support from their caregiver. Experienced leaders encourage participants to learn about the natural world through direct experience, inquiry, observation, and play. This spring we will be exploring animals - each visit we will focus on a different group of animals that live in High Park.

We will meet for 5 regular virtual campfires (Zoom meeting) during which we will:

  • Have a sharing circle
  • Enjoy a game or activity together
  • Learn and practice our naturalist skills
  • Share nature knowledge

On alternating weeks we will meet for a short check-in campfire.

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

  • Facts and information about the weekly theme
  • A quiz on the theme of the week
  • Descriptions of the nature challenge
  • An additional nature activity or drawing assignment to try at home
  • The links to the videos of songs we sung at the virtual campfire
  • Links and resources to explore

Spring 2020


Name Day Time Price Dates
Hawks HomeschoolEvery Tuesday3pm - 4pm$77.50 for 5 regular sessions and 4 check-insRegular sessions: April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9

Check-in sessions: April 21, May 5, May 19, June 2

Hawks Homeschool

Ages 8 - 12

Our Hawks club is an online community facilitated by Nature Centre staff for kids aged 8-12 years with some support from their caregiver.

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 made 7 days or more before the start of the program will receive a 50% refund.

Requests made fewer than 7 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.

Unfortunately, due to the limited schedule and resources this summer, we will not be refunding or able to accommodate make-up visits if you miss visits due to COVID-19. 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 due to staff availability issues or inclement weather, participants will be eligible for either a make-up visit or a refund for the canceled visit.

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

Please contact us at 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 email us at info@highparknaturecentre.com.

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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