Elementary School Programs

We are now open for 2016/2017 school bookings!


The Nature Centre has moved! We are now located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.
Click here for Directions

For a full description of all our environmental, hands-on and curriculum-linked programs, click on one of the seasonal links below. For fees and booking instructions, scroll down this page. 


 2016/2017 FEES

Half-day program:
$8 per student
A minimum fee of $120 applies to all groups for half-day programs

Full-day program:
$14 per student
A minimum charge of $210 applies to all groups for full-day programs.

High Park Through the Seasons (Three Part Program):
$21 per student
A minimum charge of $315 (full payment for all seasons) applies for all High Park through the Seasons bookings.
Your class 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 class; 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.
A maximum of 6 adults (including teachers and adult volunteers) participate at no charge.


Morning program: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Afternoon program: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Full Day program: 9:30 – 2:00 pm

Note: For Full Day programs, lunch will be from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM (30 minutes)

Double bookings are now available: on available Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Thursday afternoons. Please inquire about double bookings at the time of booking. Dates not guaranteed. Maximum remains 30 students per program.


The High Park Nature Centre offers high quality curriculum-based outdoor environmental education and stewardship programs that:

  • Engage students in hands-on exploration of the natural world
  • Inspire appreciation and respect for High Park’s wildlife, flora and fauna
  • Facilitate community-based stewardship of nature in Toronto’s largest urban park
  • Develop understanding of ecological principles and human interactions with the natural world

Our programs are designed to meet objectives in the Ontario Curriculum for Grades KG – 12: Science and Technology.  We also have programs which meet objectives in Mathematics, Social Studies, History and Geography, and Health and Physical Education. Please inquire about any specific curriculum goal or focus you would like emphasized. 

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. Programs may need to be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather such as 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 by 8:30 AM 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, however; due to a high volume of bookings, we cannot guarantee an alternative date.

Behavioural Policy

At the High Park Nature Centre we strive to create a safe, inclusive environment for everyone. We want to work with children and teachers/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.
However, in some cases a Program Coordinator may need to remove the child from the program and the child may be asked not to return to the Nature Centre that school year. Arrangements will be made with the child’s teacher/parent/guardian to remove them from the program. 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.