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Nature Play in The Children’s Garden

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Join us for songs, art and hands on activities as we embrace all things winter related during Fire month in the Children's Garden. Weekends in February we'll be exploring the season through the use and celebration of fire!

We'll be learning about its significance to our local plants and animals as well as the people who call the Don Valley home. Keep the fires burning this month as we share the wonder of cold days, bright sunshine and starry nights!

It will be a month of incredible survival strategies and fireside crafting as we learn about our place in the energy cycle and the magic of the campfire!  See below for a list of themes week by week for February.


February 4 & 5 | Animals

The fire within is our focus this weekend as we explore the lives of the incredible hibernating creatures that call the Lower Don Watershed home. Join us in the Children’s Garden for an exciting day of animal inspired art, as well as songs and stories celebrating the amazing animals that embrace winter in unbelievable ways.

We'll be working as a group this weekend as we learn creatively about Evergreen Brick Works' hibernating mammals and cook up a special treat to warm the wild at heart!

February 11 & 12 | Plants

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

Join us for art and song and a chance to learn about the many uses of local plants as food, medicine and shelter. We will make take-home tea bags, boil hot teas over the fire to honour EBW's sleeping plants and explore the garden through Stewardship activities, which ensure the space continues to thrive for many years to come.

February 18 & 19 | 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 and what they know about life in the cold. As the north wind blows we’ll do our best to show our thanks to these small but mighty creatures for their heartwarming presences by offering them food and shelter in Chimney Court.

This weekend we'll also 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.

February 25 & 26 | Trees

The fire in the sky is the fire in the tree is the fire that we light today... this weekend we’ll be learning about trees with fireside song and crafting! 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 with their roots beneath the earth. We'll be tasting refreshing tree-themed teas and treats, practicing various kinds of tree stewardship and making tree art to celebrate the beauty of the forested landscape!

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: February 25, 2017

Every Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm.

Prices & Fees

$5 suggested donation


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


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

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.