Tomorrow’s Registration Cheat Sheet!

It’s that time already 🙂  Time to register for our fall programs.  We have kids and youth cooking with veggies programs plus our outstanding Eco Leader In Training course.  

Do you have a budding environmental leader in your home?  This leadership program will discuss environmental issues but also give your young leader the opportunity to develop and practice leadership, facilitation and communication skills.

Click Here for the downloadable .pdf of the course barcodes for this fall and winter.

Nobody Panic! We’re Still the Same CG and ET Programs You Know and Love!

It just gets really tiring typing out Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs every single time … In fact this little name change to Children’s Eco Programs could save us enough time throughout the year to water the garden at least two or three extra times!  😉

In fact what’s actually happened is we’ve expanded beyond our original two programs to now include a Children’s Teaching Kitchen (you may have heard of it) and Sustainable Building and Renewable Energy workshops/seminars (we’ll have to work on the title for that one!).

Children’s Eco Programs covers all of our great environmental education endeavours (sorry!) in one simple title.  For the history buffs in the crowd the story behind the extra long title is pretty simple – once upon a time there were two separate programs, one called the Children’s Garden and one called Exploring Toronto.  Alas, as often happens in a setting such as ours, funding for both programs was reduced and joining forces was the best option for saving both programs.  Thus a star was born … with a really long title!

It’s all rather exciting 🙂  Our new program title will now fit on our business cards too.  So here’s to many more years of gardening, hiking, cooking and  fun!

Here’s a quick recap of what’s up in the next few weeks here at the Children’s Garden:

  • Program Registration Starts at 7 am sharp on Saturday, Sept. 8th – We have cooking and leadership programs available this fall
  • High Park Harvest Festival, in partnership with Colborne Lodge Museum and the High Park Nature Centre, Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 4:30 (free harvest lunch while it lasts!)
  • Fall curriculum-linked school programs available both in the Garden and on the Trail … look for new programs in the Kitchen coming soon!

Spring School Programs

With spring upon us and our Children’s Teaching Kitchen in it’s final stages of construction it’s time to start thinking about our Spring School Programmes!  We offer both organic gardening and nature programming that is based on the Ontario Curriculum and provides teachers and students with the amazing opportunity to explore our urban wilderness.

For more information about the programs we offer click the flyers below:

Eco Sprouts and Eco LIT’s!

Thanks to the continued support and love for our programs we are expanding our summer Eco Camps to include a broader age range.  That means we’ve set up a new Eco Sprouts camp for 4 to 6 year olds and a new Environmental Leader In Training Camp for 15-16 year olds.

We’re very excited about our new camps so please spread the word far and wide.  There are still a few spaces left but they’re filling fast!  For more information check out the information and barcodes below.  You can sign-up online at or call 416-338-4FUN (4386).  Click on the information posters for a downloadable version.

Are You Ready South District!? Registration Time Tomorrow.

It’s that time, Toronto/South District you’re next up for registration.  Tomorrow at 7 am get ready to register for the Music Garden Eco Camp!  Check out our table below of important course barcodes and get those dialling and clicking fingers ready.  Click here for Registration tips and tricks.

Click here for the downloadable .pdf

The 2011 Year End Report

2011 … what an amazing year!  The year of big changes and fun discoveries. It was a year without our flagship Children’s Garden in High Park.  It was a year of little feet hiking.  It was a year of fresh new starts.

After 5 years of research and preparation our Children’s Teaching Kitchen got underway.  Our friend … the old Picnic Shelter # 16 was removed to make way for a beautiful new straw bale building.  It was a sad moment and a happy one for us all.  That old shelter saw us through rain, snow, sleet and baking sun but alas it was time for that fresh start!

The story of the construction of the Children’s Teaching Kitchen can be found on the From Start to Finish page.  You can also view the latest instalment the Framing Frontier.

For more information about what happened in our programs during 2011 check out our 2011 Annual Report.