Odds & Sods – Youth Camp Spaces and Spring School Programs

Thank you to all of our Eco families once again for signing your campers up for Eco Camp this summer! For those of you that missed out make sure you’re on our waitlists. People’s plans change so there’s always a chance a space may open up.

Where we do have a few spaces is in our 10 to 14 year old camp. Our Youth Camp is truly an adventure that includes gardening and cooking fun! Click here for barcodes and click here to register now.

The other fun thing School Teachers can register for at this time of year is our Spring School Programs (please feel free to make suggestions to your camper’s teachers 😉 ). We offer curriculum focused programs with hands-on activities in organic gardening, nature exploration and healthy cooking. Did you know baking is a great way to learn about fractions? Possibly the tastiest way too! Click here for more information on our School Programs.

We look forward to seeing everyone this spring and summer!

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


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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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Sign Up for Winter Programs!

There’s so much happening this winter here at the Children’s Eco Programs! We’re excited to offer tasty cooking programs, enlightening school programs, badge fulfilling Guide & Scout Programs and super fun Birthday Party Programs. This is the first year we’re able to offer such a range of activities here in High Park. Our Children’s Teaching Kitchen has provided us with a warm and cosy space for learning, lunches and of course cooking veggies!


Registration for March Break Eco Camp is also coming up on Saturday, December 7th at 7 am … yes get that coffee ready the night before and have your speed dial and refresh buttons set to 416-338-4FUN and FUN Guide Online Registration. Spaces fill up fast so check out our March Break Eco Camp information page for the course barcode and general info.

At this time of year we also offer cooking and hiking programs for school groups in High Park. All programs are curriculum linked and give students a chance to learn and explore in an environment that is unique to Toronto. Check out our School Programs Page for more information.

Cherry Blossoms and Spring School Programs!

It’s a gorgeous spring day here in High Park! We really can’t complain about our work location when there are days like today (no matter how many times you get snowed on, hailed on or rained on trying to run across to the washrooms! 😉 ). This weather has also brought on the Cherry Blossoms and folks are excited to experience the spring tradition of Sakura Hanami (Cherry Blossom viewing). 

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At this point the Cherry Blossoms are just starting to open. The Nature Centre thinks that this weekend should be the best time for Sakura Hanami. Check out their great Cherry Blossom Tracking pages here and see what we had to say last year at this time here.

We also have our new and returning Program Instructors and Camp Counsellors joining us for some fun and informative staff training this week. I have to say … Our staff are pretty darn awesome!

On that note – we have a few spaces left in our Spring Garden & Hiking Environmental Education Programs for school groups so book your program soon! Our School Programs are linked to the Ontario Curriculum and include a broad range of interactive activities for students to enjoy.

We love spring here in High Park. It’s such a magical time with something new to see every day! Alas unfortunately I don’t think this poor little fella is going to be met with as much enthusiasm as the Cherry Blossoms …


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!


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!