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School Visits

“In the words of our kids: ‘Best trip ever!’ ‘Can we come back?’ ‘When?’”—Teacher, Regent Park/Duke of York Public School

kids carrying log

Registration for in-person Visiting School Program for 2021-22 is open!

Based in the heart of Toronto’s ravine system at Evergreen Brick Works, our Visiting School Program uses natural, ecological, and physical architecture to connect children to nature, get them active, and cultivate their ecological literacy.

Join us for an exciting nature and play-based experience with your students.

If you have questions about the program, please contact us at or 416-596-1495 x289.

Download our School Visit Brochure (PDF, 370 KB)

Program Details

  • Grades K–12
  • Available October–June, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Full days
  • Curriculum-linked
Kids exploring nature in the winter. Photo: Mike DerblichI think the realization for the kids and myself that the city has a gem hidden, just walking distance from the subway, is simply incredible.
Teacher, Lord Dufferin School


The School Visits to Evergreen Brick Works program operates on a scaled model with three streams – actual cost, partially subsidized and fully subsidized.

Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization and as such, the financial implications of COVID-19 have been significant. If your school is able, we kindly ask that you pay the full cost of $30/student. 

Should the full cost program be unavailable to your school, the partially subsidized rate of $15/student can be requested.  

Eligible schools can receive a fully subsidized program. If you wish to be considered for a fully subsidized program, please read the “Qualifying for a fully subsidized program” section below and complete the eligibility criteria section of the application form.  

Please note that we have a limited number of fully and partially subsidized programs and therefore they are subject to availability.

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Program Type 

Price Per Student 

Minimum Cost 

Non-Subsidized Stream 
Actual Cost (open to any institution interested in paying true cost)  $30 $300

Subsidized Stream 

Full Subsidy 



Partial Subsidy 



High School Partial Subsidy 



Skate School (incl. Skate Rental) 



Indigenous Land Connections 



Qualifying for a fully subsidized program

Fully subsidized programs are available to qualifying schools located in the City of Toronto.   

TDSB schools:   

Elementary schools that rank in the Top 300 of the TDSB Learning Opportunities Index (TDSB LOI), or model schools, qualify for a fully subsidized program. High schools that rank within the top 30 schools on the TDSB LOI may also qualify.   

TCDSB schools:   

Your school’s eligibility will be assessed based on the TDSB LOI ranking of the nearest TDSB school. We recognize that the socio-economics (median-income, level of education, etc.) of a neighbourhood can vary greatly across space. Therefore, we will also ask you to provide any supporting information during your application that demonstrates your school’s need.    

Please indicate on your application if you would like to be considered for a fully subsidized program, and provide the appropriate information. 

Refund & cancellation policy


Full program payment is due no later than 7 days prior to your program date. Payments made less than 7 days prior to the program date are subject to a $50 late fee. 

Schools will be invoiced based on the number of students indicated on your booking form. Refunds will not be issued if fewer students attend than indicated on your booking form.


Cancellations must be submitted in writing to

Any cancellations made within 14 days of the program are subject to a $50 administrative fee, with the exception of bursary programs which will be charged $25. Cancellations within 24 hours of program start time or no shows will be charged in full. 

Administrative fees will still be charged for cancellations made by clients or Evergreen due to inclement weather including flooding, changing public health regulations or COVID-19 related closures. Programs rebooked for a later date will have administrative fees waived.


Programs cancelled within 14 days will receive a full refund of any payments minus the applicable administrative fee. 

Programs cancelled within 24 hours will not be issued a refund. 
Up to 14 days before your program date, any paid in-person program may be exchanged for a paid virtual program if payment has not yet been received.

Program Offerings

See our program offerings for:

Seasonal & Specialty

*NEW* Fire & Ice (Formerly “Skate School”, Grades 2 and up): Join us for an unforgettable winter experience that will engage even the most reluctant Winter participants. We’ll start the day skating on our sustainably cooled ice rink with basic lessons and alternative activities provided for any non-skaters. In the afternoon, we’ll engage in educational fire-making and shelter building activities and cozy up to a bonfire accompanied by storytelling and apple roasting. All skating equipment provided and extra warm clothing available. Heated floors and indoor spaces are available for warming breaks. 

Nature Play (Grades 1-8): Join us to experience a day of outdoor nature-themed fun the Evergreen way! Students will engage in active, place-based games and get a chance to explore the wild side of the Evergreen Brick Works campus using all their senses. A natural palette of loose parts will inspire child-led play while our storytellers connect and ground students to the land beneath their feet in our award-winning Children’s Garden. 

Winter Nature Play (Grades 1-8): Embrace the magic of wintertime with memorable activities that celebrate the snow and ice alongside warming fires and active seasonal games. We'll track animal footprints, dive into winter-based nature play, construct weatherproof shelters and more! Extra warm clothing and indoor warm-up spaces available throughout the program day. 

The Fire Challenge (Grades 4-12): Learn the basics of safe fire building in preparation for an exciting teambuilding-based challenge. Groups will race to see who can be the first to light a fire which burns strong enough to ignite a suspended rope in this classic twist on a camp favourite! Participants will also play active fire-themed games and get a chance to roast a seasonal treat over an open flame. 


Urban Animal Adventures: Children are naturally curious about the animals that inhabit the world around them. Through songs, guided exploration and crafts, students will learn about the different animals that fly, hop, burrow, and swim at Evergreen Brick Works. Students will make connections to what they see at Evergreen Brick Works with what they find in their communities.

Grade One

The Living City: The local community is presented in the context of the natural community, and the idea that all living things need food, water, shelter, and space. We will show how the interaction of elements in a strong human community represents a healthy ecosystem. The Living City introduces students to Toronto’s surprising abundance of living things—fox, deer, coyote, rabbit, and a host of birds, insects and plants—and how close these live to our communities of homes, streets, grocery stores and schools. Curriculum connections: S&T; SS

Grade Two

Water, Water Everywhere: Students will follow the local ravine landscape and discover Mud Creek, which meanders through the heart of the city. Students will explore the dynamics of moving water by creating mini rivers, dams, beaver lodges and more. Water is a feature central to communities around the world and Toronto’s relationship with water is a case in point. Curriculum connections: S&T

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Students will explore the landscape through the eyes of the local animals. By engaging all of their senses, students will track the animals and learn about their interesting characteristics and behaviours. Through games, stories and habitat-building, students will learn about the importance of protecting the land for generations to come. Curriculum connections: S&T

Grade Three

Earth Shelters: Children are builders by nature. In this program they use natural materials to create shelters that mimic the architecture of plants and animals. Working in groups, students will explore hands-on how different building techniques can affect the strength and stability of various structures. Curriculum connections: S&T

Grade Four

Our Home and Habitat: This is a wide-ranging exploration of the hills and dales of Toronto’s unique ravine landscape. The ravines of Toronto play host to an amazing diversity of wildlife, and students will learn where and how these creatures live together in the same space with enough food, water, air and shelter. In a sustainable city, physical and human geography are in harmony, and the connection between people and place is strong and vibrant. Curriculum connections: S&T

Geology Rocks: Evergreen Brick Works sits on the floodplain of an ancient river, where there was once an industrial quarry the size of the Rogers Centre. The quarry excavated clay and shale to make the bricks that built this city; but the process of digging exposed half a billion years of geological time and an epic tale of nature’s history. Students will explore how the landscape evolved naturally and through human interventions. Curriculum connections: S&T

Grade Five

Stealing Fire: Energy begins with the fire of the sun. The fire flows through the green leaves and needles of the plant kingdom into the metabolism of animals, including human beings. But unlike other animals, human beings learned to ignite and exploit fire. Students will explore how energy is transferred and transformed within food webs and other systems. Curriculum connections: S&T

Grade Six

The Web of Life: This program is an exploration of the astonishing diversity of life in Toronto’s ravine ecosystem. The wetland habitat in the Don Valley Brick Works Park plays host to more species than any other space in the city. The surrounding ravines provide homeland for fox, coyote, beaver, turtle, hawk and salmon. Curriculum connections: S&T; SS

Grade Seven

Wild in the City: With its rivers, forests and dramatic geography, Toronto’s ravine system defines the City's landscape. Making up 17 percent of Toronto’s total area, ravines wind through residential, commercial and industrial neighbourhoods. Students will get a close up look at the ravine system that cuts through the Brick Works and learn about the history of these water ways and how humans have impacted the rivers and streams. Students will get to experience the challenges of designing a city around a ravine system and the negative and positive effects of moving water through a city.

Grade Eight

Exploring our Watershed: Evergreen Brick Works is located in the heart of the Don Valley watershed. Students will have the opportunity to explore the site and adjacent park for signs of watershed management and discover strategies used to mitigate pollution and human impact. Students will get hands on and experiment with different ways to protect our watershed.

Grade Nine to Twelve

Indigenous Land Connections: Join Brother Nature on an exploration of Indigenous land connections with a focus on urban agriculture. We’ll explore traditional techniques to gardening, learn about common native plants grown throughout the landscape, and dive into discussions on how plants can heal and nourish the mind and body. Using common household items, we’ll explore indoor gardening techniques, so you can plant, harvest and share in all seasons. Explore how knowledge of Indigenous gardening and cooking can be a powerful act of reconciliation. 

If you have questions about the program, please contact us at or 416-596-1495 x289.