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Early Years Nature Clubs in High Park

Together, kids and their caregivers can connect to nature in High Park through songs, hikes, and engaging active play.

A blue notice pebble stating that registration for the Spring 2024 season of Nature Clubs in High Park is now open.

Registration for Spring Nature Clubs in High Park is OPEN!

Early Years clubs are caregiver-accompanied. For drop-off clubs for older children, check out our School Age ClubsTo help everyone experience nature we offer financial assistance through the Happy Camper Fund Bursary.

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

We will be offering Early and Late Spring Nature Clubs in High Park this season.

In all of our Early Years programs, children and their caregivers have the chance to explore High Park and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature.

We will meet weekly to:

We will be offering 7-8 sessions of Winter Clubs this season.

In all of our Early Years programs, children and their caregivers have the chance to explore High Park and learn together, as well as meet other families who love and value nature.

We will meet weekly to:
Spring 2024 Early Years Club Schedule in High Park

Download a PDF of the above schedule.

Schedule for winter 2024 early years nature clubs in High Park.

Download a PDF of the above schedule.

Nature Baby 3-18 Months

Full of songs, sensory activities, and nature-loving families, Nature Babies is a fun community of infants and their caregivers. 

Hikes will be paced for adults carrying babies. Please bring a carrier for your child during the hike.

Waddlers 18 - 36 Months

Children and their caregivers explore nature with all their senses and nurture their sense of wonder.  

Hikes will be at a toddler pace.

Knee-High Naturalists 3-5 Years

An engaged and energetic group, Knee-High Naturalists is a fun community of pre-schoolers and their caregivers!

Hikes will be at a child’s pace.

Fox & Kits 18 Months - 5 Years

Fox & Kits are a fun community of a wider range of children in their early years and their caregivers!

Hikes will be at a child’s pace.

Club spots fill very quickly! Be prepared for registration day by reading the tips below and by making sure you already have an account. Learn more by checking out some of our tips for registration day.

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.

The High Park Nature Centre strives to ensure that all kids get the chance to experience the joy of nature. This is why we offer a financial aid program called the Happy Camper Fund. If you are in need of financial aid to attend our programs, please apply here.

Our Happy Camper Fund is made possible thanks to your generosity and support. Consider making a donation today to continue supporting this fund.

Note: You will need to register for a club before we look at your bursary application.

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

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.

Nature Clubs begin at the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

A number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy that might influence your decision to drive to High Park. In case you’re driving we strongly recommend you to park your car at the public parking lot near Grenadier Cafe.

We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your program is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit.

Visit our How To Get Here page to learn more about planning your trips to High Park.

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

  • COVID-19 Policies & FAQ
  • General Cancellation Policy
  • COVID-19 Related Cancellation Policy
  • Extreme Weather-Related Cancellation Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
Nature is an amazing adventure all children should experience. We strive to keep our programs accessible to all families and invite anyone who finds our program fees limiting to apply to our Happy Camper bursary program. Our bursary program is available to individuals and families for our clubs and camps.

Looking for volunteer opportunities with our nature club programs this season? We are accepting applications for Nature Clubs Assistants! Don’t forget to apply and assist our outdoor educators at the High Park Nature Centre!

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