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Registration Policies

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Our summer camps are designed to offer hands-on nature exploration through active play and discovery. We get up close and personal with nature, and aren't afraid to get super dirty!

Activities we do at camp may include:

NOTE: We have a 2 week registration limit per camper. To give more kids a chance to come to camp we limit campers to a maximum of 2 camp sessions. Please note that most camp activities will be the same each week.

For your best chance at securing a spot at Summer Camp, please read our Tips for Registration Day page for helpful tips and FAQs.


For more information on our registration processes and policies, please visit our Registration Policy page.

We will be following all of Toronto Public Health's recommendations for COVID-19 protocols throughout our Summer Camp programming. Please review our response to COVID-19.

Our current COVID-19 requirements will remain in place, including masking and proof of vaccination requirements, until at least May 1, 2022. We will be re-evaluating our COVID-19 policies from that date onwards and keep you informed of any changes.

Cancellation Policy

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

  • Cancellations of camp sessions received more than 2 weeks (14 days) before the start of the camp session will receive a refund minus a $50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations of camp sessions received 2 weeks (14 days) or less before the start of the camp session will not qualify for a refund.
  • Cancellations of t-shirts 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.

If the camp is cancelled by the High Park Nature Centre while camp is in session:

  • Refunds will be provided (pro-rated for the number of days camp has been in session) minus a $50 administration fee

If the camp is cancelled by the High Park Nature Centre before camp is in session:

  • Full refunds will be provided.

For our COVID-19 related cancellation policies, please read below.

Pricing & Camp Bursaries

Summer Camp sessions are offered for $465.00 per week.

Camp runs Monday-Friday. Drop off is 9:00am and pick starts at 4pm and ends at 4:15pm.

See the section "Overview of Camp Programs and Schedule" below, for a week to week schedule to programs.

After careful consideration, we will increase the costs of our summer camp for 2022. The primary reason for this increase is to better balance the fees of our summer camp programs with the current costs of running them. Additionally, this increase will offset pandemic-related inflation and will support HPNC to continue to improve compensation for our staff in line with other organizations and the cost of living.


Happy Camper Bursary

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.

Given the High Park Nature Centre's desire to ensure that all kids get the chance to experience the joy that nature can bring we've launched a new pilot program called the Happy Camper Fund Bursary. This pilot program has been made possible thanks to a generous donor (that wishes to remain anonymous).

The High Park Nature Centre strives to ensure that all kids get the chance to experience the joy of nature. Thanks to a generous donor, we are able to provide our financial aid program called the Happy Camper Fund Bursary. If you would like to apply, please follow the link below.

Click here to APPLY for the Happy Camper Fund Bursary.

Click here to DONATE to the Happy Camper Fund.

Registration Deposits

At the time of registration we require a $50 deposit for each session. The remainder of the fees will be charged to your credit card on June 1, 2022.

Children may be enrolled in a maximum of two camp sessions per summer.

Waitlists

If a program is full, you may choose to be added to the waitlist through our online system. When a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the wait list by email.

Friend Requests

Campers will be divided into counsellor groups based on age. If you know your child has friends attending the same week of camp who are within one year of your child, please let us know on your registration form. We will do our best to fulfill requests, but unfortunately cannot guarantee more than one request per camper, nor requests for friends who are more than one year apart.

Behaviour Policy

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.
Active Outdoor Play & Weather

The High Park Nature Centre promotes awareness and respect for nature through year-round, hands-on outdoor nature education and park stewardship activities. We strongly believe that an important part of connecting with nature involves responsible, active outdoor play.

At Nature Centre programs, we do engage in activities such as playing in soil and getting dirty, climbing trees and balancing on logs. Our staff prioritizes safety by establishing clear guidelines with all participants. Children are encouraged to decide if/when they are ready to participate in these activities and are supervised throughout.

If you have questions or would like to talk with staff about your child's participation in active outdoor play, please talk with us.

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. Indoor programs will be run in the case of extreme weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour. If you have any questions please email us at info@highparknaturecentre.com.

COVID-19 Program Policies

We have adjusted our programs to keep our staff and community safe.
We will be following all of Toronto Public Health's recommendations for COVID-19 protocols throughout our Summer Camp programming.

Please review our response to COVID-19. Our current COVID-19 requirements will remain in place, including masking and proof of vaccination requirements, until at least May 1, 2022. We will be re-evaluating our COVID-19 policies from that date onwards and keep you informed of any changes and how this will impact summer camp.


Here are some ways we will ensure your health and safety (subject to change over coming months):

  • Staff are screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms and sent home if they are feeling unwell;
  • Staff and participants (ages 3+) will be wearing masks when social distancing is challenging and when indoors;
  • Participants are screened daily by staff;
  • Programs will run mostly outdoors;

Campers and staff will wear masks when social distancing is challenging, such as on a narrow trail, and when indoors. Otherwise, masks are optional. Please note that it is at the discretion of the Nature Centre to implement a mandatory mask policy whereby campers must wear a mask at all times, including outdoors, regardless of ability to maintain physical distancing.

Campers are encouraged to bring their own reusable non-medical masks. The Nature Centre will provide disposable, non-medical masks in the case of a lost or soiled personal mask.

To ensure the health and well-being of staff and campers, your child must stay home if they, or anyone in their household, 1) Is experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19, and 2) Has been told by a doctor/health care provider/border services agent to isolate for the next 5 days.

NOTE:Effective March 12th, 2022, contractors hired by the High Park Nature Centre, unlike our employees and volunteers, will not need to provide proof of vaccination for fully outdoor programming.

Cancellations due to COVID-19

We will continue to diligently follow and align our programming with Toronto Public Health guidelines for day camps. If sudden changes need to be made to the number of participants we can allow to gather outdoors, we will be in touch with as much forewarning as possible.

Unfortunately, due to our limited schedule and resources, we will not be refunding or able to accommodate make-up visits if you cannot attend due to personal reasons related to COVID-19. This includes the need to stay home as a precautionary measure if you or your participants are feeling ill, if you or your participant contracts COVID-19, or if a decision is made on your group’s behalf to not attend due to COVID-19.

In situations where the Nature Centre cancels a program due to staff availability issues, participants will be eligible for either a make-up visit or a refund for the cancelled visit. Please note, refunds do not apply to cancellations related to extreme weather – Please read our general cancellation policy for more information.

Should the Nature Centre need to cancel an in-person program due to government-implemented COVID-19 measures, we may give the option to move sessions online, or to receive a 90% refund (with 10% retained as an administrative fee.)

*Please note that Week 5 (August 2-5) is a 4-day week due to the Civic Holiday.

If a square is grey then that age group is not offered that week.

At the time of registration we require a $50 deposit for each session. The remainder of the fees will be charged to your credit card on June 1, 2022.


Age Groups

For all programs, participants must be of the minimum age for the group you wish to register for on or before the start of camp. We do this to ensure a fair registration process for those within the camp group age bracket. Thank you in advance for understanding!

Exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances. Please contact us at info@highparknaturecentre.com if you have any questions about our age policy or wish to make a special request.

Leafhoppers

Ages 4-6

Leafhoppers are a creative group that love to have fun. Leafhoppers will make crafts, read stories, play games, and explore High Park!

Please note: Leafhoppers will be not be running for the full duration of summer camp.

Cicadas

Ages 6-8

Cicadas are active and curious! They play nature games, make nature crafts, go on scavenger hunts, and meet lots of new friends.

Dragonflies

Ages 8-10

Dragonflies are seriously into nature! Campers will have fun learning more about nature while exploring the park.

Mantids

Ages 10-12

Mantids will have fun learning how to hone their observation, identification, and environmental stewardship skills, while working together as a team.

Ramblers

Ages 12-14

Ramblers develop important skills and perform meaningful stewardship work in the park. They will work with tools, develop ID skills, go on hikes, and bond with youth who share their passion for nature.

Leaders in Training (LIT)

Ages 14-16

LIT's take care of High Park while becoming environmental leaders in the community. In the first week of camp, Rangers will develop important teamwork, leadership, and nature skills. After their week of "training", Rangers will come back to volunteer with summer camp for one week.

*Participation in our LIT program will help youth accumulate community involvement hours required to graduate high school.

For more information about our volunteer High Park Rangers program during the school year, click here.

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