Guiding and Scouting Programs

The High Park Nature Centre offers a wide range of outdoor environmental and stewardship programs to Guides and Scouts. Our programs are designed to help encourage exploration and observation of the natural world and to help participants earn badges in a number of ecologically-focused areas.


2016/2017 PROGRAM FEES

2 Hour Program:
$8 per child
A minimum fee of $120 applies to all groups for 2 hour programs.
Leaders, volunteers and parents participate at no-charge.

High Park Through the Seasons three part program:
$21 per child
A minimum charge of $315 (full payment for all seasons) applies for all High Park through the Seasons bookings.
Your group must attend one program in the fall, one in the winter and one in the spring to qualify for the discounted rate.
Fee must be paid for ALL students in your group; we do not charge on a per student basis for this program regardless of individual absences on the day of the trip.

Maximum 30 students per program.
Group leaders and parent volunteers participate at no charge.


DAYS & TIMES

Program times can be slightly modified to accommodate group meeting schedules. Please inquire about varied times during booking process.

Winter, Spring & Fall

  • Monday to Thursday
  • 6:00-8:00 or 6:30-8:30
    (program times can be shortened to 1.5 or 1 hour if needed) 

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

Wonder Nature Hike   
Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs

Fall, Winter, Spring

Explore the wonders of High Park in any season! Engage your senses while jumping in piles of coloured fall leaves, hand-feeding flocks of winter birds, or exploring the blooming of spring’s beautiful wildflowers.

Spring Planting
Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs
Spring

Experience the richness of a rare natural prairie habitat right in the heart of the city! Participants will gain first-hand experience in protecting habitats by planting native plants in High Park’s rare black oak savannah habitat.

High Park at Night Hike
Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs

Fall, Winter, Spring

High Park is home to many nocturnal creatures. Explore how many urban animals survive in the dark!

Birding Basics
Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts
Fall, Winter, Spring

Learn the basics of bird watching and discover the many species of birds that depend on High Park to survive. Explore High Park as a stopover during migration, as a site for nesting, or as a destination for winter birds.

Orienteering
Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts
Fall, Spring

Learn the basics of map and compass work during this hands-on program. Participants will practice their new skills on an orienteering course in High Park.

Savannah Stewards
Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts

Fall, Spring

Did you know that High Park is home to the black oak savannah, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems? Become stewards of the savannah by planting native wildflowers and grasses or creating and dispersing native seed balls.

Screech and Hoot
Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts

Fall, Winter, Spring

Learn about High Park’s nocturnal owl species, explore their unique adaptations, and find out what they eat for their midnight snack while dissecting owl pellets!

Urban Forestry
Guides, Scouts

Fall, Spring

Explore the diversity of High Park’s urban forest! Learn techniques on how to identify trees and discover how to protect the health of our oak woodlands from many urban threats.

Urban Wildlife: At Home in the City
Guides, Scouts

Fall, Spring

Even in the middle of a big city, wild animals can find everything they need to survive – sometimes they just need to be creative! Discover the incredible diversity of animals that live in Toronto’s largest urban park, High Park.

Moonlight Snowshoe Hike
Sparks, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts

Winter

Discover the ancient art of snowshoeing. Learn basic techniques with modern snowshoes and then go on a snowshoe hike in High Park by moon! (snow conditions permitting) 


TO BOOK A PROGRAM

Call us at 416-392-1748 or email us at naturecentre@highpark.org with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your organization name
  • Your phone number
  • Your preferred date and time
  • Age range of children in your group
  • Approximate number of children expected

CANCELLATION POLICY

14 days notice is required for cancellations and 2 days notice to reschedule. For cancellations that occur less than 14 days before the scheduled program or for any cancellation that occurs due to a late attempt at rescheduling, you will be charged 50% of the original program fee.


INCLEMENT WEATHER NOTICE 

 Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please remind all participants to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outdoors for most of the activities. We also advise wearing long pants, socks, and close-toed shoes to protect against poison ivy in the park. Programs may need to be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms, or high winds over 35 km per hour. If a program is rescheduled by the High Park Nature Centre, we will contact you at least 1 hour prior to your start time on the day of the program. We are able to offer fully indoor programming in the case of severe or dangerous weather. If inclement weather prevents you from attending your program, we will do our best to reschedule your visit.