Summer Nature Camp

Summer Camps 2017

 

 

Please note we have a new cancellation policy and behaviour policy for Summer Camp. Please see “Refunds” and “Behaviour Policy” in the registration policies below. 


All of our camps are designed to offer hands-on nature exploration through play and discovery.


leafhoppersLeafhoppers
Ages 4-6

Leafhoppers are a creative, active group that love to have fun. Participants learn about the ecology of High Park through play, inquiry, direct experience, stewardship action and observation. Leafhoppers will make crafts, read stories, play games, and explore High Park!


cicadasCicadas
Ages 6-8
Discover the amazing diversity of plants, animals and insects of High Park’s forest, savannah and wetland habitats. Cicadas will play nature games, make nature crafts to take home, swim at the High Park pool, go on scavenger hunts, and meet lots of new friends!


dragonflies

Dragonflies
Ages 8-12

Dragonflies are seriously into nature! Studying a new natural history theme each day, campers will have fun learning how to hone their observation, identification, and environmental stewardship skills, while working together as a team. Dragonflies also go swimming in the High Park pool.


rangersHigh Park Rangers Leaders in Training (LIT)
Ages 12-16
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 or two weeks.

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

For more information about our High Park Rangers program, click here.


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.

 

Summer Camp 2017 Schedule

    • Please note that children may be enrolled in a maximum of 2 camp sessions
Week DATES CAMP AGES PRICE
1 July 3-7 High Park Rangers LIT 12-16 years $300
1 July 3-7 Leafhoppers (week 1) 4-6 years $300
2 July 10-14 Cicadas (week 2) 6-8 years $300
3 July 17-21 Dragonflies (week 3) 8-12 years $300
4 July 24-28 Leafhoppers (week 4) 4-6 years $300
4 July 24-28 Cicadas (week 4) 6-8 years $300
5 July 31-Aug. 4 Cicadas (week 5) 6-8 years $300
5 July 31-Aug. 4 Dragonflies (week 5) 8-12 years $300
6 August 8-11 Leafhoppers (week 6) 4-6 years $240
7 August 14-18 Leafhoppers (week 7) 4-6 years $300
7 August 14-18 Dragonflies (week 7) 8-12 years $300
8 August 21-25 Cicadas (week 8) 6-8 years $300
9 Aug. 28- Sept. 1 Dragonflies (week 9) 8-12 years $300

*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. If you need before care or after care for less than a full week please contact us to see if we have space on the dates requested.


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).

TTC: At High Park subway station, head south on High Park Ave. to Bloor Street West. Head south on Colborne Lodge Drive (about 3 minute walk). The Forest School is located on the left, just after Spring Road.

Walking/Biking: From the entrance of the park from High Park Ave. and Bloor St. West, Head south on Colborne Lodge Drive (about 3 minute walk). The Forest School is located on the left, just after Spring Road.

Driving: From the entrance of the park from High Park Ave. and Bloor St., head south on West Rd. Continue on the loop which will become Colborne Lodge Drive. The Forest School is located on the right, just before Spring Road.

Age

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

Camp Groups

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.

 


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

High Park Nature Centre t-shirts are $20 each (youth sizes). T-shirts are made of organic cotton and come in two colours: Kelly Green and Indigo.

*NEW* Onesies!

Our onesies are $20 each. They are River Blue and come in two sizes: 6-12 months and 12-18 months.

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.