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

Still Time To Register for Winter Cooking Programs!

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this winter? How about learning to cook? We’re talking about real cooking with fresh veggies and whole foods! The Children’s Teaching Kitchen is a cozy and inspiring place to learn. The Kitchen is located next to the High Park Children’s Garden and is fully equipped with the tools and ingredients your child will need to create yummy, healthy recipes.

We have spaces still available for the winter Kids Cooking With Veggies Program. Sign Up with through the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide online, by phone or by heading over to your local Rec Centre.

Kids Veggie Cooking
Date: Saturday afternoons starting January 10th (2675990)
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Duration:  9 weeks (No Class Saturday, January 17h)
Ages:  8-12
Cost: $128.00

2015 March Break Eco Camp Registration

First of all I can’t believe I just had to type 2015! But at least it’s for a super fun reason 🙂 That’s right! The countdown to March Break Eco Camp Registration is now on. This Saturday at 7 am you can sign-up your camper for our 2015 March Break Eco Camp Program.

No matter the weather our March Break Eco Campers get out and enjoy exploring nature and hiking throughout High Park. Fun indoor activities include nature arts, cooking with fruits and veggies plus games and zoo tours. For more information on our March Break Eco Camp click here.

Program Barcode:  2676000
Location: High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen
Age: 6 to 10
Date: March 16-20, 2014
Time:  9 am to 4 pm (extended care available, registration required – Before 8-9 am (2675998- $14/week) and After 4-5 pm (2675999- $14/week))
Registration: Call 416-338-4FUN (4386), click here for online registration or head to your nearest Recreation Centre to sign up.
Cost: $179.00 per camper

We also have spaces left in a few of our other winter programs. Available winter workshops for 6 to 10 year olds include Nature Arts (Dec. 22 – 2675986), Baking Adventures (Dec. 23 – 2678354) and/or Winter Eco Adventures (they saw Eagles last year! Jan. 2 – 2675987).

There is also one available Winter Cooking Class for 8 to 12 year olds Saturdays (1 to 3 pm) starting Jan. 10 Barcode: 2675990.

You can check these all out online at the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide Registration Page.

Inspiration for Holiday Treats

Our Youth Cooking Class finished up their program a week or two ago and had a blast making a Chocolate Mayonnaise Layer Cake and Blueberry Tarts. After 8 weeks of cooking with veggies the participants planned out their final class and a chocolate layer cake was on their wish list! 

This was no ordinary cake mind you! There was still fruit involved and the icing was not your usual refined icing sugar, sugar crash inducing, artificial die added paste. And most importantly they loved it!

Ready To Decorate

After a number of skill testing activities each participant was allowed to plan different parts of the final meal. Raspberries were chosen as the topper for the cake and strawberries as the centre layer (something tells me there might be a bit of maple syrup in the mix there as well).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPutting the cake together was a fun challenge, not only with the assembly but also with the – not snacking on the berries or icing 😉

Assembly of CakeThe chocolate icing is made from dates, cocoa powder, brown rice syrup and water. It comes out sweet and very chocolaty. You can find the recipe for it here.

Icing the CakeThe fanciest part of the cake decorations was the crushed rose petals sprinkled on top!

Rose Petal DecorationsNext the addition of the raspberries …

Raspberries on CakeThe final shot … Yes we all find the filter effects on our program’s camera too fun to ignore 😉

Final CakeThe Blueberry Tarts were also a big hit with the participants. They got to decorate their own. There were also fruit smoothies and savoury snacks made to order by these amazing youth cooks!

Blueberry Tarts

Some other great holiday treat inspiration:

Vegan Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Here’s a confession … I’m actually writing this post because my next post needs to link to this … plus it’s Vegan Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake! It’s practically our duty to make sure the world knows of this wondrous treat 😉 Sarah, our amazing Cooking Program Instructor, came up with this variation on our traditional recipe. So without further ado …

VDCZC

Note that this recipe has been thoroughly tested by our camp groups and comes out pretty great every time. Even when the Sprouts are making it! Click here for a printable .pdf version.

Continue reading “Vegan Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe”