FOUR MORE SLEEPS!!!

Only 4 more sleeps until Eco Camp Starts!!! Can you tell we’re Excited!?!?! Our Camp Counsellors have so many fun things in store for your campers they’ll be talking about Eco Camp all summer long. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you ready for Camp and to make Tuesday morning drop off go smooth and stress free.

First off there will be a couple more (quick and painless we promise!) forms for you to sign. These are permission forms for swimming, for the Junior & Youth offsite trip on Wednesday and the Sprouts trip to the splash pad on Thursday. If someone else is dropping off your camper we can sort this out over email. Please call Keely at 416-936-4983 if your child is not being dropped off by a parent or guardian or walking in by themselves. See below for more reminders for our Sprouts and Junior & Youth Campers. 

Sprouts (4-5 yrs):

  • Sprouts morning drop off location is right at the Children’s Garden in the South end of the Park. Don’t forget the road between Grenadier Restaurant and the Children’s Garden is a one-way road going south. If you have to drop off older campers at the picnic shelter near the pool plan your route accordingly! Click here for a map of High Park
  • Spouts need a swimsuit on Thursdays for their trip up to High Park’s fancy splash pad and wadding pool
  • Don’t forget sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers, a hat, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, snacks and lunch
  • Click here for our Sprouts Eco Camp Parent Handbook

Junior (6-9 yrs) and Youth (10-14 yrs) Eco Campers:

  • We have swimming on Tuesday morning (also Thursday morning) so please make sure you pack a swimsuit and towel
  • Junior and Youth campers are dropped off towards the north end of the Park at the Picnic Shelter next to the pool and baseball diamonds (on the east side – the one-way northbound Colborne Lodge Drive side. Picnic shelter/area #15 on the map). Click here for a map of the park
  • Our older campers also do a lot of hiking so don’t forget sturdy hiking shoes or sneakers, hat, sunscreen, a refillable water bottle, snacks and lunch
  • Click here for the Junior & Youth Eco Camp Parent Handbook

Have yourselves a great long weekend and see you on Tuesday morning! ONLY FOUR MORE SLEEPS!

March Break Eco Camp Registration

We know it’s tough thinking about March Break when plans for the holiday season are just warming up but it’s that time again! Registration starts tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 7 am. Spaces are limited so please make sure you start early!

For more information and barcodes for March Break Eco Camp 2017 go to our:

March Break Eco Camp Page.

For a reminder on registration procedures check out our:

Registration Preparation.

If you’re looking for fun activities during winter vacation we still have a few spaces in our Winter Break Programs:

Winter Break Programs.

Good luck to all and we hope to see your campers at Eco Camp in March!

Urban Agriculture With the City of Toronto

We’re going to be famous! We recently participated in the latest Exploring Toronto Gardens Video about the City of Toronto’s Urban Agriculture Programs. In the video you can learn more about our Community Gardens, Allotment Gardens and of course the Children’s Garden in High Park. Make sure you check out the whole video series on the City of Toronto’s Website!

High Park Harvest Festival

This is it! The celebration of the year 🙂 Join us on Sunday, October 2 from 12 pm to 4 pm for this year’s High Park Harvest Festival. You can enjoy our free harvest lunch, music, meet Professor Pricklethorn, make seed balls, leaf pounding bookmarks, dream pillows and more!

Harvest Festival 2015

You can also check out the great things happening around the corner at Colborne Lodge Museum! Activities run from 11 am to 5 pm. A special Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Thanksgiving Address on the West Lawn lead by Mohawk Elder William Woodworth Raweno:kwas will open Harvest Fest. They also have vendors, music, artisans and baked potatoes for sale.

So much to do you can spend the day in High Park! We look forward to seeing you at the Garden on Sunday!

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Spring Peeper

Spring into School Programs

The snow will melt, the snow will melt, the snow will melt … Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to get ready to garden! It’s also time to book your curriculum-linked Spring School Program! We’re so excited that even that little bit of snow couldn’t get us down while we’re getting ready to plant.

Lets Get Growing! (1)

Peas, greens, brassicas (that family of green veggies we’re all encouraged to eat like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi), peas, radishes and beets all like a cooler growing season and can even take a little frost. Of course the chives and lemon balm have already poked their heads above the soil. As has one of our favourite spring veggies … sorrel. It’s one of those sour greens but with a green apple zing to it so it peps up your salad without leaving a bitter after-taste.

Bring your class our for a morning or afternoon session at the Children’s Garden. Hands on activities can include planting, watering, compost maintenance, worm holding & feeding (aka checking out the vermicomposter), games and more. There’s always so much to do in the garden during spring. Your class will have fun while learning about soil, plants, animals, insects and organic gardening. Half-day and full-day programs are available. Combine 2 half day programs to make a full day in High Park. Click here for more information.

Let's Go For A Hike!

Spring is also a great time to get out and explore nature as everything wakes up from it’s long winter’s nap. Many trees and plants will start to bloom soon, birds start chirping their songs, and bugs and insects start to buzz. The City of Toronto’s Parks and Ravines are a great place to go for a hike and explore nature in an urban setting. To dig deeper into the mysteries of urban nature in Toronto check out the Biodiversity Booklet Series.

Have an energetic class? A hike program is a perfect way to focus that energy while learning about habitats, animals, plants, soil, rocks, weather and more. There are plenty of hands on activities students will enjoy like plant and animal Identification, storytelling, nature-based science experiments, games, orienteering and more. Half-day and full-day programs are available. Combine 2 half day programs to make a full day in High Park. Click here for more information.

Let's Get Cooking!

Now that spring has graced us with it’s presence that means fresh fruits and veggies start growing in our garden. This means we get to incorporate them in our cooking programs. Fresh lettuce and sorrel for salads, kale for kale chips, chives to add flavour to our whole-grain cheddar biscuits and now we’re hungry just thinking about it!

Bring your class out for one of our healthy cooking programs. Not only will they make something tasty to eat, they’ll brush up on their fractions while their at it! Baking is one of the best, hands-on activities to help review fractions with students. There’s even a reward at the end when they get it right. Other hands on activities include harvesting, estimating & measuring the volume of ingredients, food mapping, safe kitchen practices (including knife handling for older grades), vegetable & fruit identification and more. Half-day and full-day programs are available. Combine 2 half day programs to make a full day in High Park. Click here for more information.

Spots fill-up quickly so book now for your chance to enjoy a little spring in High Park with your students!

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High Park Harvest Festival 2015 – Oct. 4th

We’re still not sure how it’s crept up so quickly on us but it’s almost time for High Park’s Harvest Festival! for those of you who haven’t joined us before Harvest Fest is a free afternoon of fun activities, food and fresh air. This is a joint shindig with all our friends in the park including Colborne Lodge Museum and the High Park Nature Centre.

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The important details:

Date: October 4th, 2015
Time: Noon to 4:30 pm
Location: South End of High Park at both the Children’s Garden and Colborne Lodge Museum
Cost: Free with a few paid activities (many of which are also free) and some great vendors

There are plenty of activities, crafts, vendors, information booths, music and Choco Sol samples! There’s a free harvest lunch served at the Children’s Garden (while it lasts!!) and some tasty treats you can purchase down at Colborne Lodge.

NOTE:  We’re always looking for Volunteers to help out at Harvest Fest … Let us know if you’re interested! 

Other Fun Events We’re Participating in That Weekend Include:

Green Energy Doors Open

Join us for a tour of the Children’s Teaching Kitchen and learn about it’s energy saving features plus it’s sparkly crowning jewel … the photovoltaic (solar) panel array. Click on the link above to see who else in the area is participating in this fun energy filled event!

Date: October 3rd, 2015
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (between 11 and 2 pm you’ll be able to see the Kitchen in action as our Youth Cooking Program prepares the food for Harvest Fest the next day)
Location: The High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen
Cost: Free

Ontario Natural Building Tour

Every year the Ontario Natural Building Coalition organizes a tour of Sustainably built homes and buildings throughout Ontario. This is a chance to see environmentally friendly building techniques up close and ask questions of the owners. Click the link above to find out more information.

Date: October 4th, 2015
Time: 10 to 4:30
Location: The High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen
Cost: Free at the Kitchen but other homes/buildings require that you purchase a tour ticket see above link for more information.

We hope to see you all at Harvest Fest!

High Park Is Closed Again This Friday (Aug. 7)

Once again High Park will be closed this Friday (Aug. 7th and Saturday, Aug. 8th) for the Parapan Am Cycling Road Race Events. We will be moving our camp location on Friday over to Rennie Park Clubhouse/Ice Rink for the day. Below you’ll find directions on how to get there for drop-off and pick-up.

Don’t forget to get out there and cheer on our athletes!

Sign In

How to get there:

TTC

For the subway get off a Runnymede Station and head south on Runnymede (crossing over Bloor) to Morningside Ave. Turn west onto Morningside and just around the corner you’ll see the path across the road into the park. Follow that path to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

For Streetcar/Bus take the 501 Queen Streetcar to Windemere Ave. Get off the streetcar and transfer to the 77 Swansea Bus. Take 77 Swansea North to the Morningside and Runnymede stop. Get off at Morningside and Runnymede and head south into the park to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

Walking/Biking 

The walk/bike from Runnymede Station to Rennie Park is about the same length as the walk from High Park Station to Grenadier Restaurant. Walk south on Runnymede Rd. until you reach Morningside Ave. turn west and just past the corner, across the street you’ll see the path into the park.

Walking/biking from the South end go north on Windemere Ave. to Walter Ave. Walk west on Walter Ave. until you reach Rennie Terrace and walk/bike south into the park from there.

Car

From Bloor turn south on Runnymede Rd., west on Morningside Ave. then south on Rennie Terrace. Take Rennie Terrace south into the park and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From Queensway take Windemere Ave. north to Walter Ave. Go east on Walter then south on Rennie Terrace. The Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From South Kingsway take Morningside Ave. east to Rennie Terrace, south on Rennie Terrace and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

If you get lost feel free to call Keely or Andrew for directions. Good luck!

Eco Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Location Change this Friday!

It’s hard to believe we’re half way through our third week of Eco Camp! Time sure does fly when you’re gardening, hiking, cooking, swimming and generally having a tonne of fun 🙂

This Friday (July 24th) we’re moving our drop-off and pick-up locations to the Rennie Park Clubhouse/Ice Rink due to the closure of High Park for the Pan Am games.

Sign In

How to get there:

TTC

For the subway get off a Runnymede Station and head south on Runnymede (crossing over Bloor) to Morningside Ave. Turn west onto Morningside and just around the corner you’ll see the path across the road into the park. Follow that path to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

For Streetcar/Bus take the 501 Queen Streetcar to Windemere Ave. Get off the streetcar and transfer to the 77 Swansea Bus. Take 77 Swansea North to the Morningside and Runnymede stop. Get off at Morningside and Runnymede and head south into the park to the Clubhouse/Ice Rink.

Walking/Biking 

The walk/bike from Runnymede Station to Rennie Park is about the same length as the walk from High Park Station to Grenadier Restaurant. Walk south on Runnymede Rd. until you reach Morningside Ave. turn west and just past the corner, across the street you’ll see the path into the park.

Walking/biking from the South end go north on Windemere Ave. to Walter Ave. Walk west on Walter Ave. until you reach Rennie Terrace and walk/bike south into the park from there.

Car

From Bloor turn south on Runnymede Rd., west on Morningside Ave. then south on Rennie Terrace. Take Rennie Terrace south into the park and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From Queensway take Windemere Ave. north to Walter Ave. Go east on Walter then south on Rennie Terrace. The Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

From South Kingsway take Morningside Ave. east to Rennie Terrace, south on Rennie Terrace and the Clubhouse is near the parking lot.

If you get lost feel free to call Keely or Andrew for directions. Good luck!