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Nature Play in The Children’s Garden

Next date: December 4, 2016
Evergreen Brick Works | Children's Garden
$5 suggested donation


Evergreen at info@evergreen.ca or 416-596-1495 

Nature Play in The Children’s Garden

Next date: December 4, 2016 | 10:00am–3:00pm

Nature Play in The Children’s Garden

Photo: Joanne Quinn

Join us for songs, art and hands on activities as we embrace all things winter related during Hibernation, Ice and Light month in the Children's Garden. Weekends in December we'll be celebrating the season through the eyes of local plants and animals as well as the people who call the Don Valley home. We'll be exploring the incredible world of hibernators and learning about diverse seasonal celebrations, as well as sharing in the wonder of cold days, bright sunshine and starry nights! See below for a list of themes week by week for December.

$5 suggested donation

Hours of Operation

Saturdays: 10:00am-3:00pm

Sundays: 10:00am–3:00pm

Most Holidays:11:00am-3:00pm​


December 3 & 4 | Animals

Hibernators are our focus this weekend as we explore the lives of the incredible creatures that call the Lower Don Watershed home.  have made they winter homes under the snow, in the earth and beneath our waterways. Join us in the CG for an exciting day of animal inspired mask making as well as songs and stories celebrating the amazing animals which embrace winter in magical and innovative ways.

We'll be working as a group this weekend as we learn creatively about EBW's hibernating mammals and cooking up a special treat to warm the wild at heart!

December 10 & 11 | Birds

Chickadee-dee-dee! Those songbirds who haven’t fled the cold are helping us learn what’s going on in the world with their songs. It's the perfect time to start paying close attention to which feathered friends are still keeping us company in the skies and trees. As the cold north wind blows we’ll do our best to show support to these small but mighty creatures by offering them food and shelter.

This weekend we'll be learning from these wintering birds about how they move, what they eat and how they stay warm in the cold! As always don't forget to come prepared to learn new birdsongs and escape the hungry hawks and owls as we play our favourite bird-themed game.

December 17 & 18 | Plants

Come celebrate plants this weekend as we dedicate our making station to the incredible herbs the site produced over the summer months. We'll plant new ones in the Children's Garden greenhouse to add to our stews this winter.

Join us for art and song and a chance to learn about the many uses as local plants as food, medicine and shelter. We will make take homemade tea bags and honour the sleeping plants of the garden with Stewardship activities which ensure they will continue to flourish in our gardens for many years to come.

December 24 & 25 | CLOSED

There will be no activities in the Children's Garden this weekend.

December 31 & January 1 | Trees

This weekend we’ll be learning about trees through the celebration of their wood with a mighty New Year’s fire! Join us as we learn about the ways in which we rely on the wood of trees for warmth, strength and inspiration.

This weekend we'll be learning all about the amazing lives of trees and the ways they survive the winter in their roots beneath the earth. We'll be tasting refreshing tree themed teas and treats, practicing various kinds of tree stewardship and planting tree seeds to help enrich the forested landscape this spring!

This unique program and dynamic space requires parents and guardians to supervise their children while co-creating a magical world of possibilities.

Always evolving, the Children's Garden is designed to activate the imaginations of children, inviting them to engage in open-ended play. Here, children have the freedom to be the architects of their environment, to invent and build using their own creativity and problem-solving skills, all while developing an appreciation for the natural world.

Weekly activities respond to the changing seasons and weather, and are based on the natural materials we have available. Most importantly, our activities are a great way to be active and connect with community, family and the environment that sustains us all.


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