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!

Join Us For Doors Open This Weekend!

We are very excited to say that the High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen will be a part of this years Doors Open Event on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th.

Want to know how a kitchen can be built out of straw? Curious about our solar panels and green roof? Stop by and take a tour. Plus (as always!) we’ll have a few fun activities for the kids during your visit!

Doors Open Toronto

Don’t forget … High Park is definitely the place to be for Doors Open! Along with the Teaching Kitchen you can also check out Colborne Lodge Museum, The High Park Nature Centre’s new home – the Forest School plus as a special treat (one that rarely ever happens) … the High Park Production Greenhouses will be open for tours.

So make a day of it here in High Park and explore your urban wilderness!

Program Banner

A Few Spaces Left in our Spring Programs!

We have a few spaces still available in our Kids Cooking with Veggies Program for 6 to 8 year olds along with spaces available in our Edible Cosmetics Workshops for Youth (9 to 16 years). There’s also some availability for our Spring School Programs:

Cooking With Veggies

Edible Cosmetics

Book Your Curriculum Based School Programs Now

Throughout the fall, winter and spring we offer a variety of curriculum based Environmental Education Programs for students from JK though Secondary School. Our programs offer hands on activities that immerse students in nature through organic gardening, hiking, and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Hiking and cooking programs can be booked throughout the school year but Children’s Garden Programs are only available in May/June and September/October. Check out our program brochures by clicking on a link below.

Children’s Garden Programs – Organic Gardening

Exploring Toronto Programs – Hiking & Nature Education

Children’s Teaching Kitchen Programs – Cooking, Health & Nutrition

 

Cooking Party

Mightier Than a Martial Arts Proficient Turtle

Our heroic tale takes us back to a time when we were innocently hoping for a nice hot summer (amazingly enough our campers did swim at every opportunity throughout the season!). A time when school was slowly winding down and student’s attentions were focused elsewhere.Mama Snapping Turtle

We start our (martial arts and New York sewer system free) story along the edge of a charming little body of water. It’s known to High Park Kingdom locals as The Grenadier Pond. The partially naturalized shoreline of the pond provides excellent habitat for a variety of wetland creatures including our story’s heroine, Mama Snapping Turtle.

There is a reason why this lovely Kingdom is known as High Park. Toronto’s watershed ravines are well know throughout the GTA Realm. High Park Kingdom is home to some of the best of these beautiful green spaces. One of the larger ravines in the Kingdom is where you’ll find Grenadier Pond (and here you thought we only had a Black Oak Savannah to show off!). These ravines and the ancient shoreline create hills the likes of which challenge even the most experienced outdoor enthusiasts and summer Shakespeare aficionados!

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High Park Harvest Festival Oct. 5th, 2014!

Please Join Us Sunday, October 5th
from Noon to 4:30 pm

We’re excited to say that it’s Harvest Festival time once again! So many fun things happening this year including a visit from Professor Pricklethorn, ChocoSol Traders, The West End Flower Fairies, music by Margaret Christl, and Maria’s hosting another tea party.

Of course we’ll also have our free harvest lunch (while it lasts!), fun garden crafts and Teaching Kitchen Tours throughout the afternoon.

We could also use a few helpful volunteers throughout the day (we start around 9 am and go until about 6). Shifts from 2 hours to all day are available. We promise you won’t get stuck doing dishes the whole time (we’ll also make sure you have time to get out and see all the fun stuff happening throughout the site)! Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering (kidsgrow@toronto.ca or 416-338-5055).

The High Park Harvest Festival is hosted by the Children’s Eco Programs, The Colborne Lodge Museum and the High Park Nature Centre. It’s a free event and all activities at the Children’s Garden are free. There is a small charge for a variety of activities at the Lodge and for the horse drawn wagon ride. There are also a few vendors selling interesting (and often tasty) stuff at Colborne Lodge Museum!

Colbourne Lodge Harvest Fest

We hope to see you at the Festival!

Strawberry Popcorn

ONLY 5 MORE SLEEPS UNTIL CAMP STARTS!!!

We’re so excited! Camp starts on Monday (with a day off for everyone on Canada Day don’t forget)! Our Camp Counsellors are getting ready for a summer full of fun, organic gardening, hiking, swimming, cooking and so much more. 

So this is officially the time to remind parents (who have already signed up their campers for Eco Camp) to get your forms in! You can also find copies of our camp forms and the Parent Handbooks on our Eco Camp Page. If you’re one of the lucky folks to get a spot on a waitlist please download the Camper Information Form, Media Release Form and Parent Handbook and send the forms back as soon as possible.

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Happy Camping! 🙂