Summer Nature Camp

Registration will open on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 am.

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Please note registration policies and other important information below:

Location

Programs take place at the High Park Nature Centre located at near the High Park Avenue main gates at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (also known as the Forest School).

See our contact page for directions.

Age

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

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 by filling out the supplemental form after you register. 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.

Registration

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received. Children may be enrolled in a maximum of two camp sessions per summer.

Refunds

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org.

  • Cancellations of camp sessions received more than 4 weeks (28 days) before the start of the camp session will receive a refund minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations of camp sessions received 4 weeks (28 days) or less before the start of the camp session will not qualify for a refund.
  • Cancellations of t-shirts, before care and after care 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.
  • Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.

Wait Lists

If a program is full, you may choose to be added to the wait list through our online system. Before July 3, 2017, when a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the wait list by phone or email. After July 3, 2017, when a space becomes available in a camp we will contact those on the waitlist only by email.

Weather

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 severe inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour. We also advise wearing long pants, socks and long sleeved tops to protect against poison ivy. If you have any questions please call our office at 416-392-1748.


 

Summer Camps 2018

All of our camps are designed to offer hands-on nature exploration through play and discovery. We get up close and personal with nature, and aren’t afraid to get dirty!

Campers are welcome to register for a maximum of 2 camp sessions. Campers will receive a High Park Nature Centre bandana on their first week of camp. T-shirts are optional, and are available for $20.

Please note that Week 1 (July 3-6) and Week 6 (August 7-10) are 4-day weeks due to Canada Day and the Civic Holiday.


leafhoppersLeafhoppers
Ages 4-6

Leafhoppers make crafts, read stories, go on hikes, play games, sing songs, and get wet at the High Park splash pad!

Leafhoppers Dates

Week Camp Dates Time Price
Week 1 Leafhoppers July 3-6 9 am-4 pm $252
Week 2 Leafhoppers July 9-13 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 3 Leafhoppers July 16-20 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 4 Leafhoppers July 23-27 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 5 Leafhoppers July 30-August 3 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 6 Leafhoppers August 7-10 9 am-4 pm $252 
Week 7 Leafhoppers August 13-17 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 8 Leafhoppers August 20-24 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 9 Leafhoppers August 27-31 9 am-4 pm $315 

*Regular camp drop-off starts at 8:45 am and pick-up ends at 4:15 pm.
Before care is available from 8:00-8:45 am for $30 a week, and after care from 4:15-5:30 pm for $60 per week. We no longer offer single days of before and after care.

cicadas

Cicadas
Ages 6-8
Cicadas will play nature games, make nature crafts to take home, swim at the High Park pool, go on scavenger hunts, hike through different ecosystems, and meet lots of new friends!

Cicadas Dates

Week Camp Dates Time Price
Week 1 Cicadas July 3-6 9 am-4 pm $252 
Week 2 Cicadas July 9-13 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 3 Cicadas July 16-20 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 4 Cicadas July 23-27 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 5 Cicadas July 30-August 3 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 6 Cicadas August 7-10 9 am-4 pm $252 
Week 7 Cicadas August 13-17 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 8 Cicadas August 20-24 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 9 Cicadas August 27-31 9 am-4 pm $315 

*Regular camp drop-off starts at 8:45 am and pick-up ends at 4:15 pm.
Before care is available from 8:00-8:45 am for $30 a week, and after care from 4:15-5:30 pm for $60 per week. We no longer offer single days of before and after care. 

dragonflies

Dragonflies
Ages 8-10
Dragonflies develop new nature skills while having fun exploring the park! Days will be filled with hikes, games, leadership challenges, and plant and animal sightings. Dragonflies swim at the High Park pool.

Dragonflies Dates

Week Camp Dates   Price
Week 1 Dragonflies July 3-6 9 am-4 pm $252 
Week 2 Dragonflies July 9-13 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 3 Dragonflies July 16-20 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 4 Dragonflies July 23-27 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 5 Dragonflies July 30-August 3 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 6 Dragonflies August 7-10 9 am-4 pm $252 
Week 7 Dragonflies August 13-17 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 8 Dragonflies August 20-24 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 9 Dragonflies August 27-31 9 am-4 pm $315 

*Regular camp drop-off starts at 8:45 am and pick-up ends at 4:15 pm.
Before care is available from 8:00-8:45 am for $30 a week, and after care from 4:15-5:30 pm for $60 per week. We no longer offer single days of before and after care. 

Mantids

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. Mantids also go swimming in the High Park pool.

Mantids Dates

Week Camp Dates Time Price
Week 3 Mantids July 16-20 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 7 Mantids August 13-17 9 am-4 pm $315 
Week 9 Mantids August 27-31 9 am-4 pm $315

*Regular camp drop-off starts at 8:45 am and pick-up ends at 4:15 pm.
Before care is available from 8:00-8:45 am for $30 a week, and after care from 4:15-5:30 pm for $60 per week. We no longer offer single days of before and after care. 

rangersRangers
Ages 12-16 
Rangers will develop important skills and perform meaningful stewardship work in the park. They will work with tools, develop ID skills, go on hikes, go swimming at the High Park pool, and bond with youth who share their passion for nature.

Rangers Dates

Week Camp Dates Time Price
Week 4 Rangers July 23-27 9 am-4 pm $315 


LITLeaders in Training (LIT)
Ages 14-16
High Park Rangers 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.

LIT Dates

Week Camp Dates Time Price
Week 2 LIT July 9-13 9 am-4 pm $300 


Looking for parent and child programs?
Based on feedback from parents, we will be offering offering nature clubs for 1-5 year olds and their guardians as weekly clubs this summer.
For more information, see our Nature Clubs for Kids page here.


 

happy camper fund

 

Camp is a blast! We would like all kids to have the chance to experience nature camp. Click here to learn how you can help send a kid to camp through our Happy Camper Fund.


High Park Nature Centre T-Shirts and Onesies

Our youth t-shirts and infant onesies are $20 each. If you are interested in buying a t-shirt or a onesie, please indicate the colour and size on your registration form or contact us at 416-392-1748 or naturecentre@highpark.org. For availability of adult sizes, please contact us.