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High Park Rangers – Youth Volunteer Group

Ages 12 – 16 

Drop-off Program 

High Park Rangers is a weekday after school nature club for youth aged 12 – 16. Youth will take care of High Park while becoming environmental leaders in the community. The High Park Rangers will develop important skills and perform meaningful stewardship work. The High Park Rangers will also help lead the drop-in Family Nature Walks for the public and plan their own public walk to teach the community about their stewardship activities. Participation in High Park Rangers will help youth accumulate “community involvement hours” required to graduate high school.

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High Park Rangers Summer Camp

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 or two weeks. Rangers will be matched up with one of our counsellors for the week and will get hands-on experience teaching their nature skills to younger campers.

*Participation in High Park Rangers Summer Camp will help youth accumulate community involvement hours required to graduate high school. 

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"Now that my son is a teen in the Rangers program, I have seen him grow in so many ways that are so heartening, especially given the environmental crisis that faces our planet. With pride, my son tells me about the camaraderie and team work of the Rangers group on stewardship tasks. His self-esteem and sense of himself has been so positively shaped by this. I am equally impressed by the eloquence and passion he and the other Rangers demonstrated as they led Family Nature Walks, sharing their knowledge in engaging ways. This is the way we build a community of individuals willing to speak up to defend the environment, by first coming to love its many wonders." -Parent Testimonial

Fall 2018

No cost: this is a leader in training program funded by the High Park Grenadier Fund & Toronto Field Naturalists.

Every Thursday starting September 27 and ending November 29. 4 – 6 pm

Winter 2018

No cost: this is a leader in training program funded by the High Park Grenadier Fund & Toronto Field Naturalists.

Every Wednesday  

Every Wednesday starting January 10th and ending March 14th. 4 – 6 pm

The Rangers will also lead a Guided Hike on TBD from 1:30-3pm.

Spring 2018

No cost: this is a leader in training program funded by the High Park Grenadier Fund & Toronto Field Naturalists.

Every Thursday starting April 5th and ending June 7th. 4 – 6 pm 

The Rangers will also lead a Guided Hike on Saturday, TBD from 1:30-3pm.

Club Policies

Location

Programs take place at the High Park Nature Centre at the Forest School located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

Age Requirements

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

Siblings

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 at 416-392-1748 or naturecentre@highpark.org.

Registration

Registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

Programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. We recommended registering as soon as possible after Registration opens to avoid disappointment. If a club is full, you can sign up to be on the club waitlist. In the case that a spot becomes available, we contact the next person on the waitlist. If you would like advance notice of our Registration Dates, you can sign up for our e-newsletter.

Please contact us at 416-392-1748 or naturecentre@highpark.org if you have any questions.

Cancellation

Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).

Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive a 50% refund.

Requests made less than 7 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.

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

A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather. 

Please contact us at 416-392-1748 or naturecentre@highpark.org if you have any questions.

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. Programs will be run indoors 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.

Behaviour

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.

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