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.

Harvest Fest 2015

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!

We’re Officially a Case Study!

Very interesting news! The Ontario Association of Architects has chosen the Children’s Teaching Kitchen as a case study on sustainable design. There’s a lovely write-up on their website about the Kitchen and some great photos from throughout the construction, even some we don’t have ourselves. 

Under the tab “Light | Air” you’ll see a lovely shot with almost the full interior visible. We’re wondering where they’ve managed to stash all the stuff! It’s a lovely photo and shows off what a beautiful building it really is, but to be honest … we really do think it looks better like this:

20140516_092838Peas growing in the window, waterproof smocks for the little ones to help with dishes, an awesome dehydrator donated by a co-worker, an all important coffee maker and solar ovens stashed above the cabinets … plus cool stuff like this:

20140516_092133 Make for an amazing  space for our students and campers to learn and grow (by the way the above is part of a wasp’s nest and those are carrots in the background 🙂 ).

Getting Ready For Fall & Winter Programs

We know it’s still summer but alas we must start talking fall and winter programs. As we’ve said before this summer has fled by at the speed of a hummingbird’s wings! So before fall and winter FUN Guide registration creeps up on us we thought it would be prudent to give you a heads up ahead of time 🙂 

Fall & Winter FUN Guide Registration for Etobicoke/York Programs (we’re included in this at High Park) starts at 7 am on Saturday, September 12, 2015

Yes you heard us right … Etobicoke/York is always on a Saturday and Registration always starts at 7 am. If you’re looking to get into one of the 3 Creative Chefs with Caregiver – Veggies! for the 3 to 5 year old crowd … make sure you’re up before 7 am and be ready to hit redial and refresh on your phone/computer respectively 🙂

Click here to find out how to register.

Registraition

For more information about our Fall and Winter Programs check out the links below:

Cooking Programs for 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 year olds

Winter Break Workshops for 3 to 5 and 6 to 9 year olds

March Break Eco Camp for 6 to 10 year olds (sign up for March Break Camps happens December 5th for everyone)

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 🙂

RegistrationInfographic

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