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Nature School

Nature School is a seasonal immersive outdoor play and learning program for children ages 5-12. 

Children exploring the ravine / Joanne Quinn

Nature School is a seasonal immersive outdoor play and learning program designed for children ages 5 to 12. The program runs seasonally (Fall/Winter/Spring), with 2 six week sessions per season. Participants may choose to register for an entire season (total of thirteen weeks) consisting of 2 six-week sessions, plus 1 seasonal Drop in Day.

NEW! Nature School Drop in Days

New seasonal Nature School Drop in Days invite both current and prospective participants to join our trained facilitators for a special Nature School experience. This is a great opportunity for interested participants to experience the program and for families to meet facilitators and ask questions. These days may feature special seasonal activities such as Salmon Watching, Spring Wildflower Walks and Skating!

More Information

Drop in days occur during the breaks between sessions and are a chance for new participants to get a taste of our programming without committing to a full six week session. For active participants who don’t want to take a break between sessions, drop-in days will act as a bridge for a full uninterrupted thirteen weeks of programming.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to join us for closing circle on Drop in Days and to stay following program to ask questions and get to know our Nature School Facilitators.

Program Details

  • Ages 5–12
  • Available Wednesdays from September–June
  • Programs are full days (10am-2:30pm)
  • Curriculum-linked
  • Junior and Senior Groups (group numbers will depend on registration)
  • Six week sessions
  • Nature School is based on eight guiding principles. Read more about our approach.

Dates & Times

Wednesdays from 10am to 2:30pm. See schedule below for dates.

Nature School 6 Week Sessions

Session

Start Date

End Date

Fall A

September 11, 2019

October 16, 2019

Fall B

October 30, 2019

December 4, 2019

Winter A*

December 11, 2019

January 29, 2020

Winter B

February 5, 2020

March 11, 2020

Spring A

March 25, 2020

April 29, 2020

Spring B

May 13, 2020

June 17, 2020

*There will be no Nature School programming on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day

Nature School Drop in Days

Fall

October 16, 2019

Winter

March 18, 2020

Spring

May 6, 2020

Fees & Registration

Registration for Nature School opens on August 12, 2019 at 12pm.

Program Fee

  • $270 per Six Week Session
  • $45 per Drop in Day

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if a reservation is cancelled within 21 days of the session start date. Otherwise, fees are refundable, less a $25 administration fee. Please note, registrations are non-transferable. 

Refunds will not be issued for missed program days, including days missed due to inclement weather, including flooding.

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to camp@evergreen.ca.

Our Approach

Utilizing a forest & nature school-inspired approach, Nature School at Evergreen Brick Works supports children in experiential learning, engaging in healthy risk-taking and letting their curiosity lead their learning as they connect with nature in a hands-on way.

Building on Evergreen's extensive experience in outdoor learning, play and placemaking, this program is perfect for students being schooled at home or for families interested in providing their child with an opportunity to take a day off from school to spend time outside learning in nature, building a strong connection to the local landscape and community, and developing lasting relationships with peers outside of the home or classroom environment.

Nature School is guided by the following core principles: 

Play-based

Through play, children can develop social and cognitive skills, mature emotionally, and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experiences and environments.

Active and mobile

Moving the body to engage the mind.

Inquiry-based

Starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios—rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. The process is often assisted by a facilitator.

Ecological

Providing children with direct contact with nature.

Arts infused

Breathing life into learning through creativity, compelling narratives and arts activities

Experiential/hands-on

Creating a compelling learning setting through multi-sensory, direct experience.

Integrated

Weaving together expectations from across the curriculum through ecological themes and engaging experiences.

Place-based

Building a foundation of knowledge through a focus on local nature, culture and community.

More information

Have a question about Nature School? Read our FAQs here (PDF 182kb)

For more information, please contact us at camp@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 x452.

If you are a school or other group planning on visiting Evergreen Brick Works, please review our Information for Visiting Groups (PDF 58kb) before your visit.


Evergreen is a national not-for-profit dedicated to making cities flourish. Children’s camp revenues help support our children’s programs including the Visiting Schools Program as well as the free community programming on weekends at Evergreen Brick Works. We appreciate your support in continuing to offer these community programs to children in Toronto.

Accredited Member - Ontario Camps AssociationEvergreen is proud to be accredited by the Ontario Camps Association. The OCA works to preserve, promote and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. Evergreen has voluntarily submitted to an independent appraisal completed by camp experts and has met up to 300 health, safety and quality program standards, from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. OCA Accreditation is a parent's best evidence of a camp’s commitment to health and safety.