Spring Peeper

Spring into School Programs

The snow will melt, the snow will melt, the snow will melt … Spring is officially here and that means it’s time to get ready to garden! It’s also time to book your curriculum-linked Spring School Program! We’re so excited that even that little bit of snow couldn’t get us down while we’re getting ready to plant.

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Peas, greens, brassicas (that family of green veggies we’re all encouraged to eat like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi), peas, radishes and beets all like a cooler growing season and can even take a little frost. Of course the chives and lemon balm have already poked their heads above the soil. As has one of our favourite spring veggies … sorrel. It’s one of those sour greens but with a green apple zing to it so it peps up your salad without leaving a bitter after-taste.

Bring your class our for a morning or afternoon session at the Children’s Garden. Hands on activities can include planting, watering, compost maintenance, worm holding & feeding (aka checking out the vermicomposter), games and more. There’s always so much to do in the garden during spring. Your class will have fun while learning about soil, plants, animals, insects and organic gardening. Half-day and full-day programs are available. Combine 2 half day programs to make a full day in High Park. Click here for more information.

Let's Go For A Hike!

Spring is also a great time to get out and explore nature as everything wakes up from it’s long winter’s nap. Many trees and plants will start to bloom soon, birds start chirping their songs, and bugs and insects start to buzz. The City of Toronto’s Parks and Ravines are a great place to go for a hike and explore nature in an urban setting. To dig deeper into the mysteries of urban nature in Toronto check out the Biodiversity Booklet Series.

Have an energetic class? A hike program is a perfect way to focus that energy while learning about habitats, animals, plants, soil, rocks, weather and more. There are plenty of hands on activities students will enjoy like plant and animal Identification, storytelling, nature-based science experiments, games, orienteering and more. Half-day and full-day programs are available. Combine 2 half day programs to make a full day in High Park. Click here for more information.

Let's Get Cooking!

Now that spring has graced us with it’s presence that means fresh fruits and veggies start growing in our garden. This means we get to incorporate them in our cooking programs. Fresh lettuce and sorrel for salads, kale for kale chips, chives to add flavour to our whole-grain cheddar biscuits and now we’re hungry just thinking about it!

Bring your class out for one of our healthy cooking programs. Not only will they make something tasty to eat, they’ll brush up on their fractions while their at it! Baking is one of the best, hands-on activities to help review fractions with students. There’s even a reward at the end when they get it right. Other hands on activities include harvesting, estimating & measuring the volume of ingredients, food mapping, safe kitchen practices (including knife handling for older grades), vegetable & fruit identification and more. Half-day and full-day programs are available. Combine 2 half day programs to make a full day in High Park. Click here for more information.

Spots fill-up quickly so book now for your chance to enjoy a little spring in High Park with your students!

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Sign-Up Your Class For Our Environmental Education Programs This Spring!

Spaces for our spring, curriculum linked, School Programs are filling up fast! Make sure your class is booked before they’re all gone. New this year are programs in our Children’s Teaching Kitchen. Nutrition and cooking programs with a side order of fractions! Honestly is there any better way to learn your fractions than while baking a tasty (healthy!) treat?!

We run our environmental education programs out of High Park and along a number of the City’s Discovery Walk Trails. You can choose from half-day and full-day programs at the Children’s Garden, hiking along the trails of High Park or cooking up a nutritious dish in the Children’s Teaching Kitchen. For a little variety you can choose half-day programs from the different locations to make a full day of it! Click on the photos below for our complete brochures.

 

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Only a Few Spaces Left for Our Winter Programs!

Cooking, hiking, crafts, leadership and adventure … just a few things happening this winter at the High Park Children’s Garden and Teaching Kitchen. Check out our full line-up of Winter Break Workshops, Children and Youth Cooking with Veggies classes and our Eco Leadership program.

Registration for our March Break Camp starts on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7 am. It’s an action packed week of nature exploration, cooking, crafts and a garden project or two. You can register for all classes online through the City’s FUN Guide or by calling 416-338-4FUN (4386). You can also drop by your local Community or Recreation Centre and sign up.

School Programs Now Available Fall, Winter and Spring!

Have you heard the news? We now offer our great environmental and outdoor education programs throughout the fall, winter and spring. Your class can join us and learn about the amazing natural urban spaces we have here in Toronto. We offer our Garden Programs for a few more weeks and our Hiking Programs throughout the rest of the fall and winter.

All of our programs are linked to the Ontario Curriculum and provide students with hands-on activities to help them learn about and explore our natural environment.

Children’s Garden School Programs Brochure

Exploring Toronto School Programs Brochure

We’re also developing a number of programs related to our new Children’s Teaching Kitchen check back soon for more information!

 

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:

Alana’s Blog

I am a student at Niagara College in Recreation and Leisure Services. I had chosen the Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Program as my end of the year placement.

My experience here was very positive. It was very rewarding and I learned a lot more than I expected to. I was able to participate in the hikes as another leader and take part in the gardening exercises both here and at the Waterfront location. Through all of my gained knowledge I was able to teach it back to the public, even when my family came to walk around the park I gave them a successful tour. During the day when the school groups had come I was able to be on my own andteach them something about the theme of the day. I watched the children enjoy the program as much as I did myself. There was a variety of different activities and games thatwere created by us and then implemented. My favourite was instincts for survival! All of the activities we did for the children had meaning and were based on their curriculum topics. The staff are incredibly friendly and made me feel so comfortable and welcome. I was a part of the team in no time!

I came to this placement with not much experience with gardening or knowledge about High Park and I will leave feeling like an expert. The different ages of school groups that came to the park made my day that muchbetter. I was able to experience leadership in a variety of different ways every day. This placement gave me a chance to come out and be a leader and teach children about different aspects of the park including taking them through the different eco systems (which is incredible!) I stepped out of my comfort zone and gave it my all.

Thank you Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs for giving me a great experience!

Alana