Join Evergreen facilitators for a unique and immersive virtual nature-based excursion.
Registration for Fall 2021
Registration for Virtually Outdoors Fall 2021 Programs opens on June 14th, 2021.
Please note, Virtual Programs cannot be substituted for in-person programs should restrictions allow for it.
Join Evergreen facilitators for a unique and immersive virtual excursion that will continue the vital work of connecting children and youth to Toronto’s natural environment.
These programs are offered on any digital platform including Google Meet, Zoom and Microsoft Teams and can be adapted to both in-class and virtual school.
If you have questions about the program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-596-1495 x289
Virtually Outdoors is a live virtual program led by Evergreen facilitators. The grade-specific programs below are curriculum-linked and nature-based.
Junior and Senior Kindergarten
Urban Animal Adventures: Join Evergreen Educators for a fun, participatory online adventure where we’ll use inquiry and observation to explore a variety of animals in our neighborhoods and their basic needs! Through imaginative games and storytelling we’ll celebrate the wild side of our cities and ignite your class’ inner sense of wonder, encouraging empathy towards one another and the natural world through sharing and reflection.
Grades One to Three
Nature in the City: From towering oaks housing sleeping creatures, to salmon in our rivers, we are surrounded by living things! With curiosity as our guide, we’ll use math and literacy-based approaches to explore and learn about the habitats at our doorsteps. Students will get in touch with their own animal senses and play nature detectives on a virtual adventure as they seek out evidence of nature in the city and learn to care for the local environment!
Grades Four to Six
Everything is Connected: Everything in the natural world is connected by a myriad of relationships. This digital excursion is all about exploring these connections while fostering a sense of place and belonging. Find out how plants, insects, birds and humans share energy, habitats and are linked by complex and inspiring food webs and life cycles. Through a virtual hike, shared stories, live polls and games, students will explore different perspectives on biodiversity and human impact while learning how they can help nature thrive.
Grades Seven to Eight
Nature Mapping: Join us as we push the boundaries of indoor virtual excursions in pursuit of watershed-based learning. Through a virtual hike we’ll introduce students to Toronto’s watershed, including its origins in ancient glaciers and headwaters in the Oak Ridges Moraine. Utilizing Google Maps, students will find and map critical ecological niches in their school community and combine their data into a snapshot of biotic and abiotic elements like no other!
Grades 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.
The Virtually Outdoors program operates on a scaled model with three streams – actual cost, partially subsidized and fully subsidized.
Evergreen is a non-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 $550. You are absolutely welcome to pair up with another class from your school to split the cost!
Should the full cost program be unavailable to your school, the partially subsidized rate of $200 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.
Detailed rate information
Qualifying for a fully subsidized program
Fully subsidized programs are available to qualifying schools located in the City of Toronto.
Elementary schools that rank in the Top 150 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.
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.
Have questions about the Virtually Outdoors program? Read through the FAQs below or contact us at email@example.com or 416-596-1495 x289.
FAQs about Virtually Outdoors
Can you combine classes?
Yes! As long as the group size is limited to 35 students.
Are program start and end times flexible?
Yes, there is some flexibility with start and end times. Please reach out directly for specific details.
Can you accommodate our recess time?
Yes, please let us know your recess schedule before confirming your program.
Can one class book multiple times?
Yes, however they would be repeating the same program.
Can we customize our virtual program?
Unfortunately, customized virtual programs are not currently available, however if there are small adjustments (ie. key terms, connections to classroom activities) we can provide to help you meet your learning goals, please feel free to indicate these on your application and we will do our best to accommodate.
I’m not with a school, can I still apply for a virtual program?
Yes. We accept all education groups, including learning centres, home school groups and learning pods.
Can I apply for a fully subsidized program if my school is located outside of the City of Toronto?
Unfortunately, no. While we are very happy for schools outside of the City of Toronto to take part in a paid program, our fully subsidized programs are reserved for schools in the City of Toronto. In this way, we honour our commitment to funders to primarily serve our local community.