Where kids can learn outside the classroom within the Toronto's urban wild!
Nature School: Learning Outdoors gives kids, aged 6-10, the chance to enjoy outdoor activities such as exploring the urban wild, shelter building, fire-based programming, map making and more. And that’s not all! Storytelling, games, and music round out the Nature School experience to inspire young learners and encourage curiosity, confidence and community.
Unlocking nature’s classroom.
Participants will be grouped together based on age to create an age-appropriate experience for all
|8 week program||Junior Ages 6 -7 Senior Ages 8 - 10||Fridays, Oct 13- Dec 1, 2023||8:45am - 3:30pm||Sessions cost $580 per 8-week session|
To get a full sense of the program download our Day in a Campers Life and our official Handbook.
*Please note that fees are for the entire session, not on a day-by-day basis unless otherwise specified. We will not refund fees for days missed, and any day missed cannot be made up. Please see our full cancellation and refund policy below.
*Please note that we have limited capacity for this program. We appreciate your understanding and kindly ask that you sign up for our waitlists should your desired program be full.
If your child falls ill during Nature School at Evergreen Brick Works, they will be in the care of our Nature School Leadership Team in our Camps & Clubs office which is located in the alleyway by the Children’s Garden! See here for our map.
Caregivers will be contacted to pick up their child immediately. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org if your child stays home for the rest of the day on account of feeling ill or sick. Refunds will not be issued for missed program days and unfortunately, no make-up option is available at this time.
If Evergreen is forced to cancel Nature School, we will notify you via email. Please keep your household information updated on Camp Brain.
As Evergreen is not-for-profit organization, refunds will be issued, however, 10% of program fees will be retained as an administration fees. Evergreen retains the right to change our refund policy without notice to adapt to the evolving public health situation or other unforeseen circumstances.
Please contact us if you’re interested in transferring your account credit towards Nature School.
We have discontinued our account credit system, however, we will honour any remaining past account credits from past programs at Evergreen Brick Works. Please know we are no longer able to issue new account credits moving forward.
Yes, we do! Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to email@example.com.
Upon application, you will not be charged the full amount of $580/per 8-week session to secure your spot at Evergreen’s Nature School: Learning Outdoors.
Once our Camp Leadership Team have reviewed your application and upon a successful application, we will be processing full payment of $580/per 8-week to secure your spot using the credit card you provided at the time of your application. If you have any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Nature School program takes place at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8), Don Valley Brick Works Park and around the lower Don Valley. See here for our visitor map.
Drop off is between 8:45am-9:00am and pick up is at 3:30pm.
Please keep in mind, this is an outdoor program, and we ask for everyone to dress appropriately for the weather. We may not have the perfect fit, however, if your child needs to borrow a rain/winter jacket, a pair of rain boots or extra clothes, we have spares for your child to borrow!
Unfortunately, there will be no after care program offered at this time.
Evergreen offers a free parking window with a Nature School parking pass, in all parking lots from 8:45am-9:15am and 3:15pm-3:45pm for each Nature School day.
You will receive your parking passes in your welcome email approximately one week prior to your program session date. We highly recommend printing your parking passes prior to arriving at the Brick Works.
For our shuttle bus timings, please see here.
We’re outside as much as possible! We love the outdoors at Evergreen and spend as much time outside as we can. That being said, we do have access to covered and/or indoor spaces at all times and can spend some time inside in cases of extreme weather.
From May-September, should hot conditions arise where levels have reached above a humidex of 37°C, our heat contingency plans will be in effect where parents and toddlers will move indoors, take more shade breaks and water breaks. Families will be reminded and notified via email about any heat warnings from Toronto Public Health for everyone to remember to bring their cap/hat, sunscreen and water bottles.
From October-May, temperatures and winter wind conditions (as wind-chill rating) will be tracked, and levels below a wind-chill of -20 degrees Celsius will trigger our extreme cold policy. If the outside temperature/wind-chill are between -20 and -28 degrees Celsius, parents and toddlers can be outside for approximately 15-20 minutes at a time only. During programming, program facilitators and outdoor educators will supplement outdoor activities with indoor ones at Evergreen Brick Works.
Unfortunately, lunch or meal services will not be provided during camp programming. Campers are asked to bring their own nut-free lunch and are encouraged to bring extra nut-free snacks for each day!
Our Camp Office is our lost and found office! The Camp Office is in the alleyway leading up to the Children’s Garden. Please write to email@example.com if your camper has forgotten or lost any item at Evergreen Brick Works. See here for our visitor map.
Please note, we strongly encourage campers to avoid bringing items deemed as valuable to camp. Evergreen is not responsible for lost or stolen items.