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Privacy Policies

The High Park Nature Centre is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal information of its employees, members, donors, program participants, volunteers, and other stakeholders. We ensure all our activities and communications – whether conducted face-to-face, online, by telephone or by mail – are governed by ethical and sound privacy practices.

We value the trust of those we deal with, and of the public, and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be transparent and accountable in how we treat the information that you choose to share with us.

Defining personal information

Personal information is any information that can be used to distinguish, identify or contact a specific individual.

High Park Nature Centre may collect personal identification information in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to, when a person visits our site, registers for a program, subscribes to our newsletter, responds to a survey, fills out a form, and in connection with other activities and services we offer. As appropriate, this information may include but is not limited to name, mailing address, email address, and phone number(s).

Exceptions include business contact information and publicly available information, such as names, addresses and telephone numbers as published in telephone directories, are not considered personal information. Where an individual uses his or her home contact information as business contact information as well, we consider that the contact information provided is business contact information, and is not therefore subject to protection as personal information.

The High Park Nature Centre may collect additional information about children enrolled in programs – and their families – to ensure their safety and welfare, and to communicate with the parent/guardian. This information may include but is not limited to:

  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers for necessary contact and communication, for transportation, and in case of emergency
  • Health Information about children enrolled in our programs and including special needs, allergy information and health concerns.
  • Photo Images of those who participate in our programs and have signed a photo release, which may only be used for High Park Nature Centre purposes, e.g. for our printed materials, website, and ads.

How we use collected information

The High Park Nature Centre may collect and use personal information for the following purposes:

To improve services for our users

Information you provide helps us respond to your service requests and support needs more efficiently, but also to ensure the health and safety of those enrolled in our programs.

To communicate with you

We may use an email address or other personal information provided by you to respond to inquiries, communicate with you, and send you membership/donation requests from time to time. If you decide to opt- in to our general email list, you will receive periodic emails that may include news, updates, and related information. The High Park Nature Centre operates in compliance with Canadas’ Anti-Spam Legislation. If at any time you would like to stop receiving future communications, you can send a written request to (Replace the mail address with a web form) – or to unsubscribe to email, follow the unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.

Personal information and privacy practices

Personal information gathered by our organization is kept in confidence. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the information is not disclosed or shared more widely than is necessary. We also take measures to ensure the integrity of this information is maintained and to prevent its being lost or destroyed.

Sharing your personal information

We do not sell, trade, or rent your personal identification information to others. We may share generic aggregated demographic information not linked to any personal identification information regarding visitors and users for the purposes outlined above. We may use third-party service providers to help us administer activities on our behalf, such as sending out newsletters or surveys; we may share your information with these third parties for those limited purposes.

Third party websites

Users may find advertising or other content on our website that link to the sites and services of our partners, suppliers, and other third parties. We do not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Site. These sites and services may have their own privacy policies and customer service policies. Browsing and interaction on such websites is subject to that website’s own terms and policies.


The Nature Centre uses a third-party, CanadaHelps, for its online donations. Their privacy policy can be found here:

The Nature Centre uses CampBrain for online program registration, and their privacy policy can be found here:

The Nature Centre uses Square for online and in-person merchandise sales, and their privacy policy can be found here:

The Nature Centre uses Teachable and Thinkific to host its virtual courses, and their privacy policies can be found here, respectively: 



The Nature Centre uses Quickbooks Online by Intuit to process invoices for group bookings and other events, programs, or services, and their privacy policy can be found here:

How we treat information about our donors and members:

  • Any information from or about members and donors that is obtainedby or on behalf of the Nature Centre is to be handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent allowed by law.
  • Donors have the right to remain anonymous.
  • All fundraising appeals by or on behalf of the Nature Centre are todisclose the Nature Centre’s legal name, its status as a registered charity, and the purpose for which funds are requested.
  • All members of the public, including members and donors, areentitled to the following, on request (available also on our website):1) The Nature Centre’s most recent annual report and/orfinancial statements;2) A list of the names of the members of the Nature Centre’s Board of Directors.
  • Donors are to receive a written or verbal acknowledgment of theirgifts within a reasonable period of time following the donor’s request.
  • All reasonable efforts will be taken to honour any request from amember, donor or prospective member or donor about their preferences for communication and/or use of their personal information.

Non-personal identification information

We may collect non-personal identification information whenever a user interacts with our website. Non-personal identification information may include the browser name, the type of computer, operating system and the Internet service providers utilized and other similar information.

Web browser cookies

Our website may use “cookies” to enhance user experience. You may choose to set your web browser to refuse cookies, or to alert you when cookies are being sent. If you do so, note that some parts of the website may not function properly.

Updating of privacy policy

We review our privacy practices for our various activities, and update our policy online. Please check our website for information on our most up-to- date practices.

Contact Information

Question, concerns or complaints relating to the Centre’s privacy policy on the treatment of personal information should be e-mailed to the High Park Nature Centre: info(at) (Replace the mail address with a web form)

Further information on privacy and your rights in regard to your personal information may be found on the website of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada at