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Nature Play in The Children’s Garden

Image credit Morgan Yew

August

In August we’ll be getting our boots muddy and our hands wet taking care of the garden during Waterways Month. Each weekend in August we'll be exploring lakes and rivers, storms, clouds and rain through the eyes of different plants and animals.

Help us celebrate the waters which unite the landscape and make summer bloom!

September

Join us for songs, art and stewardship during Harvest Month as we celebrate the incredible seasonal bounty all around us – sharing in the joys of cooler days, delicious fruits and greens, and the return of fall colours to our trees.  

Weekends in September we'll be celebrating the height of summer and the first signs of autumn in the Lower Don River Valley through the eyes of different plants and animals that call it home.

See below for a list of themes week by week for August & September.

Schedule

August 5 & 6 | Animals

The creatures of the Lower Don River are our focus this weekend as we explore the relationship between animals and water! Join us in the Children's Garden as we celebrate the creatures which make their livings in the waterways of Evergreen Brick Works.

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making water animal themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

August 11 & 12 | Plants

The incredible relationship between plants and our waterways is our focus this week as we explore the world of cattails, water lilies and more!

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making plant themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on plant based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

August 19 & 20 | Birds

Join us as we explore the birds of Evergreen Brick Works with an all-day Nesting Box workshop and demonstration by donation from 10am-3pm. Suitable for all ages with parental support.

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making water bird themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

August 26 & 27 | Trees

Join us as we learn all about the amazing world of trees and explore how these giant plants keep our waterways clean and cool!

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making tree themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

September 2 & 3 | Animals

Insects are our focus this weekend as we celebrate the amazing world of pollinators and offer our thanks for all their hard work ensuring a good harvest! The most diverse and abundant of all the animal kingdoms, we count on insects to keep our planet green and healthy and our bellies full!

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making insect themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on pollinator based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

September 9 & 10 | Plants

The incredible relationship between plants and our tables is our focus this weekend as we explore the world of fruits and vegetables through a local community food lens.

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making plant themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

September 16 & 17 | Birds

Join us as we celebrate the first autumn migrants to our gardens and share the seasonal bounty with our avian guests. It will be a weekend of celebrating the amazing contributions birds in all their variety make to the landscape.

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making bird themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

Trees 23 & 24 | Trees

Join us as we learn about seasonal change through the patient eyes of our friends, the trees. This weekend we'll be celebrating the amazing transformations taking place in the forests of around us.

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making tree themed shelters rom 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

September 30 & October 1 | Animals

The human animal is our focus this weekend as we celebrate the end of the growing season with a tasty tribute to all the stewards of the Children's Garden who have contributed to this year’s amazing harvest! 

Don’t miss our opening circle at 10:30am. We'll be making seasonally themed shelters from 11am-12pm, engaging in worker bee stewardship from 1-2pm and making hands on landscape based crafts from 2-3pm.

As always visitors will have access to our clay table, sand and water play, Greenhouse and urban agriculture activities or can just enjoy our family friendly Children's Garden quiet zones with a good storybook!

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.

Dates & Times

Next date: July 29, 2017

Open to the public:

  • Saturdays 10am to 4pm (including July 1, Canada Day)
  • Sundays 10am to 4pm
  • Holidays 11am to 3pm

Prices & Fees

$5 suggested donation

Contact

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

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Children's Garden at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.