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Registration for 2023 summer camps opens Wednesday, February 1, at 12PM. More details coming soon!



Registration Policies

Please ensure you’ve read and understood our registration policies:

Read Our Registration Policies

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: 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.


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.

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 3:45pm and ends at 4:00pm.

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.

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 participants/caregivers/teachers to overcome challenging behaviours. Our staff use behavioural management techniques like setting clear expectations for behaviour, positive reinforcement, empowering language, and friendly reminders of what appropriate behaviour looks, sounds, and feels like. When conflicts arise, we guide participants through conflict resolution discussions so they can change their behaviour and continue taking part in High Park Nature Centre programming. When necessary, staff will discuss with participants/caregivers/teachers strategies for improving behaviour.

A Program Coordinator can make the decision to remove a participant from the program due to inappropriate behaviour and refunds will not be provided. Participants will be asked to leave immediately. If the participant is a minor, caregivers will be called in to pick up their youth/child. Examples of inappropriate behaviour include (but are not limited to): violence to themselves or others, hateful/offensive/abusive language, bullying, damaging property, refusing to follow safety rules, repeatedly running out of sight, or continued disruption of the program.

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

Please review our response to COVID-19. Currently we no longer require staff, volunteers and participants to provide us with their COVID-19 screening before programs, but rather to self-screen before attending programming or the workplace. We also no longer require proof of vaccination, and wearing masks is encouraged but not mandatory for indoor programming.

*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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