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 🙂 ).

Summer Camp 2014 Registration Update

Thanks to everyone who registered for our 2014 Eco Camps!

Our Eco Sprouts Camp for 4 and 5 year olds is full with long waitlists as is our Junior Eco Camp for 6 to 9 year olds (you’re still welcome to add your Junior Camper or Sprout to the list … you never know how many families we have to go through to find someone to take a spot) .

There are a few spaces left in our Eco LIT Program (2568624). Is your teen interested in nature, gardening and cooking? This is a great program to help youth gain leadership skills in a fun, outdoor learning environment.

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Children’s Eco Programs at the Live Green Toronto Festival on Saturday!

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Join us for a fun filled day of activities at the Live Green Toronto Festival on Saturday, July 27th from 11 am to 8 pm! The City closes Yonge street to traffic from Queen all the way up to Yonge & Dundas Square. You’ll find us at the Kids’ Zone down around Yonge and Shuter Street.

There’s so much to see and do plus musical guests on the main stage in the Square. For more information check out the Live Green Toronto Website.

2012 Annual Report … It’s Amazing How Much Our Participants Do!

My how time flies when you’re having fun! It’s amazing what our participants, volunteers, staff and partners have been up to this year. If you’re interested in learning more click on our 2012 Annual Report below.

Plus don’t forget … March Break Eco Camp is happening soon. Sign up and tell a friend 🙂

2012 Annual Report

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.

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:

Spring Greens Information and Recipes!

Over the next few months as things start to wake up and grow here in Southern Ontario we’ll see a few very special, local and truly seasonal spring greens popping up.  They’re tasty, extra healthy and make for a great way to celebrate the upcoming garden season … it’s that first taste of fresh, seasonal, local food!

What are the popular early spring greens found here in Southern Ontario?  Well they’re often considered weeds.  Yes we encourage you to eat your weeds!  Others are true delicacies that are native plants to our area.

Collecting these in the city can be a bit difficult and in many parks and conservation areas they are protected.  It is also important that these plants are properly identified before you pick them.  For this reason we always suggest purchasing these greens from your local farmers’ market.  If you would like to learn more, a quick search of the web will find you a number of courses in proper foraging techniques and plant identification.

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