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School Age Nature Clubs in High Park

Naturally curious school-aged children can start developing their naturalist skills in a welcoming community in High Park.

Introducing Springtails Practice Camp in High Park this Summer: A Gentle Start For Your Little One!

Registration for Spring Nature Clubs in High Park is OPEN!

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

Our Nature Clubs will explore nature’s natural wonders 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.

Is your child ready to embark on their first big adventure to camp, school, or daycare? Our Springtails Practice Camp is the perfect way to ease them into this exciting new chapter! Designed for 4-5 year olds, this program offers three half days of engaging and fun activities that help your child feel comfortable and confident in a new environment.

This your little Springtail will:

  • Enjoy a variety of playful and educational activities tailored to their age group
  • Learn to feel secure and happy being apart from you in a nurturing setting
  • Gain valuable social skills and make new friends in a supportive atmosphere
 
Program Details:
  • Price: $125
  • When: August 13-15, 9AM-12PM
  • Ages: 4-5 years


Give your child the best start with our Springtails Practice Camp! It’s the ideal stepping stone for their journey into full-day adventures. Join us and watch your wee one thrive!

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

In our School Age Clubs, our leaders will guide participants in age-appropriate activities that encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and teach them to care for nature in their communities.
We will meet weekly to:

We will be offering eight sessions of Winter Clubs this season.

In our School Age Clubs, our leaders will guide participants in age-appropriate activities that encourage participants to experience nature with all of their senses, ask questions, nurture their sense of wonder, and teach them to care for nature in their communities.
We will meet weekly to:
Spring 2024 School Age Club Schedule in High Park

Click here to download a PDF of the above schedule.

Schedule for winter 2024 drop off nature clubs in High Park.

Click here to download a PDF of the above schedule.

Chipmunks Ages 4-5

Chipmunks experience hands-on nature exploration through play, storytelling, and crafts.

Raccoons Ages 6-8

Raccoons explore High Park through nature games and activities and, build their naturalist skills.

Coyotes Ages 9-11

Coyotes take naturalist skills to the next level! They explore High Park while deepening their knowledge of nature.

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: