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!

Are Your Forms In Yet!? – New Fax #

NEW Fax Number – 416-392-0044
Please note that our regular fax number is out of order. Please use the fax number above.

It’s hard to believe it’s already week 4 of Eco Camp!! Where does the time fly? That said there are still camper information forms out there that we need for your camper!  If you’ve just signed up don’t worry … we understand and below you’ll find all the links to all the forms and the Parent Handbooks. If you signed up back in March … our baby Capybara is going to stair you down until you send them in! 😉

Baby Capybara

And if that doesn’t work? We’re sending Mommy Capybara …

Mommy Capybara

In all seriousness it’s very important for us to get those forms in. It helps our counsellors to know about any needs your camper may have and to prepare them for the week.

Here are the links to all the important forms you may need.

Two forms that must be filled out:

Camper Information Form
Media Release Form

Print the forms, fill them out and fax to 416-392-0044 or scan and email to apuchal@toronto.ca

Forms if your camper has an epi-pen or requires medication while at camp:

For Epi-Pen Carriers

Emergency Allergy Alert Form with Photo ID – .pdf file you can print and fill out
Emergency Allergy Alert Form with Photo ID – word file you can fill out and print then sign

Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – .pdf file you can print and fill out
Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – word file you can fill out and print then sign

For those taking medication during the hours of camp:

Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – .pdf file you can print and fill out
Administration of Medication Form & Waiver – word file you can fill out and print then sign

Eco Camp Parent Handbooks:

Eco Camp Junior & Youth Parent Handbook (ages 6-9 and 10-14) 
Eco Sprout Parent Handbook (ages 4-5)

If worst comes to worst we may even send in our (not so) stealth squad to pick them up for us 😉

Stealth Squad

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!

Eco Camp Registration Starts This Saturday at 7 am!

You heard right! Registration for Eco Camp, our Cooking With Veggies programs and our Edible Cosmetics Workshops starts at 7 am this Saturday (Mar. 7th). We suggest you start right away to book a space at Eco Camp. Below you’ll see a quick primer on How To Register for a City Rec Program. You can also check out our longer version Registration Preparation. Good luck everyone! We really appreciate how much you and your campers enjoy our programs … it’s not work when we have this much fun 🙂

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Registration Starts Sat., March 7th at 7 am for Eco Camp and Spring Programs!

For us here at the Children’s Eco Programs the first sign of spring isn’t the longer days or the warmer weather … it’s the opening day for Eco Camp Registrations! 😀 Get those fingers ready to hit the redial/refresh buttons and register your campers for Eco Camp! You will also find our Caregiver and tot (4 to 5 years) and child (6 to 9 years) Cooking With Veggies Programs plus our Edible Cosmetics Workshops for 9-16 year olds open for registration on March 7th. 

For our returning Eco Camp Families (especially those that have successfully concord the registration process before!) here are the barcodes and program information for this years Camp and Cooking Programs:

Click Here for Caregiver & Tot and Child Cooking with Veggies Program Information

Click Here or on the Picture Below for Eco Camp Program Information

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For those of you wondering how the City of Toronto’s Recreation Program Registration process actually works here’s a little run-down:

  • Each district has it’s own registration start date. For Etobicoke/York it’s Saturday, March 7th starting at 7 am (for other district dates click here). Anyone from across the city can register for a program in that district on the start date.
  • You have six options for registering for Rec/FUN Guide Programs. Click here for a description and instructions on how to register for City of Toronto Recreation Programs. For our programs we suggest using the phone (416-338-4FUN (4386) or touch-tone 416-338-0000) or going online in order to have the greatest chance at registering your camper.
  • Our available programming space (especially indoor space) is fairly small so our program size is quite limited. We would love to have hundreds of kids join us for Eco Camp each week but there’s only so much Garden. Also note many other Community and Recreation Centres have issues with space and are unable to hold as many programs as they (and the community) would like.
  • If you do miss out on our Eco Camp we offer a free Thursday morning drop-in program throughout July & Aug from 10 am to Noon. So please stop by and experience a bit of what our programs are all about!
  • A note about online registration. It can seem impossible to get onto the online registration site on the first day of registration. There is a reason for that … The City of Toronto wants to ensure fair access to programming for all individuals. So there are only a certain number of people allowed to register online at any given time on the first day of registration in each district. This allows people without access to computers (or high speed internet) an equal opportunity to register through the phone. The City of Toronto (including us!) is committed to ensuring accessibility to our programs for all the residents of Toronto.

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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.