Garden Clean-Up Day Sunday Nov. 24th

It’s that time of year folks! The leaves have fallen (mostly) from the trees, the plants have given us their last fruits to harvest and our garlic is (almost) all planted. It’s time to put the Garden to bed. It needs to sleep and rejuvenate for another fruitful season next year.

Please join us from 10 am to 1 pm at the Children’s Garden in High Park on Sunday, November 24th and help us wrap up another successful season at the Children’s Garden. We’ll keep you warm with tea made with plants from the Garden and some mulching of the Garden beds!

How is it already Week 6 of Summer Camp!?

There are still a few more of you that need to get your forms in for the last 2 weeks of camp! Click here for Parent Handbooks and Camper Information Forms 🙂

As usual summer is flying by and our campers are having a fantastic time! The Garden is growing and our campers and Drop-in Program participants are enjoying the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies. A few things are coming in a bit late but there’s always zucchini … and zucchini … and more zucchini (fortunately we have a fantastic recipe for Double Chocolate Zucchini Cake plus a vegan version too!).

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The Summer Squash Soirée – Aug. 19, Noon to 4 pm

A garden party with panache!  A little fancy and a whole lot of fun 🙂  Join us at the High Park Children’s Garden and Children’s Teaching Kitchen for a free Community Event on Sunday, August 19 from noon to 4 pm.  

Squash from the High Park Children’s Garden

The Summer Squash Soirée is an afternoon of Garden Party Delights.  Enjoy a free harvest lunch made with veggies straight from the Children’s Garden, join our special guest Caitlin and help decorate for the Soirée with beautiful garden art creations inspired by food and garden stories, craft a fancy garden party hat, have your face painted for the festivities, partake in our special squash sessions – how to use all that zucchini and how to grow it in the first place … and so much more!

A sunny summer afternoon in High Park is the perfect way to spend a day 🙂 Continue reading “The Summer Squash Soirée – Aug. 19, Noon to 4 pm”

The Very Berry Brouhaha! Sunday from Noon to 4 pm

What is a brouhaha you might ask?  Why it’s a bash, a shindig, possibly even a to-do 🙂  We’re hosting our annual July special event and you are invited to join us!  This Sunday is an extra special occasion because we are hosting an event for the very first time in our beautiful new Children’s Teaching Kitchen.  

This lovely facility is a straw bale building with a gorgeous green roof and environmentally (and kid) friendly features.  Join us at 2 pm for a tour of the Kitchen and learn more about what makes it special.

Other fun activities and presentations will include:

  • Free Harvest Lunch from the Children’s Garden (while it lasts!)
  • 1 pm Presentation by Toronto Environmental Alliance (also check out their table and activities throughout  the afternoon)
  • Make Seedballs for our Teaching Kitchen Landscaping Project
  • Make your own Tea from the herbs in the Children’s Garden
  • Face Painting
  • The Very Berry Scavenger Hunt
  • Participate in our group art project – What does your garden grow – Mural
  • Mini Kitchen tours
  • 3 pm Garden Story Time

So please feel free to spend a lovely summer afternoon with us in the Children’s Garden.  We hope to see you there!

It’s a Party! A Water Work Party! Apr. 21, Noon – 3

Want to do something fun and educational this Earth Week weekend?  This Saturday come out and join us for a little irrigation and recreation!  We are hosting a Volunteer Work Party to help get the garden get ready for spring and to give folks an opportunity to learn more about volunteering for the Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs.

Learn about sub-irrigation systems and how to save water in your own garden.  Find out more about our amazing programs and how you can get involved.  We’ll have crafts for the kids (young and old 🙂 ) and a chance for a sneak peak at our beautiful new Children’s Teaching Kitchen.

When:  Saturday, Apr. 21, 2012 from Noon to 3 pm
Where:  The Children’s Garden in High Park (see map)
Directions:  Click here for walking, biking, TTCing and driving directions

We hope to see you this Saturday!  Happy Earth Week!

Eco Sprouts Day Camp for 4-6 Year Olds

You asked for it and we listened!  More Eco Sprout weeks have been added to our summer day camp line-up this year 🙂  We will now have 8 weeks of Eco Sprouts running throughout the summer.  We have great themes planned and lots of fun activities!

Spots are going quickly so sign up fast!  Here’s a link to our “how to register” post and click on the codes below for a downloadable .pdf file.

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 http://www.toronto.ca/parks/torontofun/to_fun_regmethods.htm or call 416-338-4FUN (4386).  Click on the information posters for a downloadable version.