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Nature School | Learning Outdoors

Nature School is a forest & nature school-inspired outdoor play and learning program for children ages 6-10. 

Children playing

Evergreen is thrilled to announce the return of in-person Children’s Programs at Evergreen Brick Works! Evergreen is now offering a Fall Session of Nature School. See our program details below.

Rooted in a forest & nature school-inspired approach, with a dedication to learning outdoors, Nature School is a seasonal immersive outdoor play-based program designed for children ages 6-10.

This program is deeply rooted in inquiry-based learning. Sessions feature outdoor activities such as exploring the urban wild, shelter building, fire-based programming, tool use and process-driven arts with natural materials; wood, fibers and clay. Storytelling, games, and music round out a learning experience designed to inspire young learners and encourage curiosity, confidence and community.[FA2] We welcome children ages 6-10 to the Brick Works to experience camp activities year-round at Nature School! See our program details below.

Program Details

  • Ages 6–10
  • Nature School will run on Mondays from October to December
  • Programs are full days (8:45am-3:30pm); extended care is available 
  • Participants will be grouped together based on age to create an age-appropriate experience
    • Junior Group: Ages 6-7
    • Senior Group: Ages 8-10
  • Sessions are nine weeks in length
  • Nature School Handbook

Nature School Sessions

Fall Session

Start Date

End Date

Session 1 (9 weeks)

Oct 3, 2022

December 5, 2022

*Please note: Nature School will not run on October 10, 2022.

Fees & Registration

Program Fee

  • Nature School Fall Session: $630 per 9-week session*

*Please note, fees are for the entire session, not on a day-by-day basis unless otherwise specified. We will not refund fees for days missed and any day missed cannot be made up. Please see our refund policy below.

Please note, all applications will be reviewed prior to the start of the program to ensure we can provide sufficient care for your child, which may include follow-up calls. Participation in this program is contingent on a successful application.

Upon your application being successful, full payments will be processed.

Apply here

Please note, we have limited capacity for this program. Thanks for your understanding and please feel free to sign up for our waitlists should your desired program be full.

COVID-19 Safety 

  • All campers are highly recommended to wear non-medical masks in all indoor spaces, including washrooms.
  • Covered outdoor spaces will be prioritized for eating, however, eating may occur indoors due to inclement weather.
  • If a camper falls ill while at camp, they will be placed in an isolated indoor or outdoor area with camp staff. Caregivers will be contacted to pick up their camper immediately. The caregiver will be asked to take the child to a COVID-19 assessment center to be tested. If a negative result is confirmed the child will be allowed to return to camp, once symptoms have resolved for 24 hours.
  • Please reach out to camp@evergreen.ca to notify the camp team should your camper stay home if feeling ill or sick.

Evergreen reserves the right to cancel a registration due to the introduction of an updated vaccine policy informed by recommendations made by Toronto Public Health, the Government of Ontario and/or the Ontario Camps Association. In this circumstance, a refund minus the non-refundable registration deposit will be issued.

Refund Policy

Upon a successful application, you will be charged the full amount of $630/session to secure your spot at Evergreen’s Nature School.

No refunds will be issued if a reservation is cancelled by a participant within 21 days of the session start date. Otherwise, camp fees are refundable, less a $60 administration fee. Please note, registrations are non-transferable.  

Refunds (less the $60 administration fee.) will be issued should Evergreen cancel camp days due to changing public health regulations or COVID-19 related closures. Evergreen retains the right to change our refund policy without notice to adapt to the evolving public health situation.  

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

Financial Assistance

Evergreen offers full and partial bursaries for our Children’s Programs. For more information on eligibility and to apply, contact our camp office at camp@evergreen.ca.

FAQs

What do you do in inclement weather?

We’re outside as much as possible! We love the outdoors at camp and spend as much time outside as we can. That being said, we do have access to indoor space at all times and can spend some time inside in extreme weather. We do have cold weather policies, including the possibility that camp could be cancelled if we know the day is going to be colder than -30C degrees. 

How will nature school be kept COVID-19 safe for participants?

All participants must self-screen using this tool prior to arrival on site. 

All participants are highly recommended to wear non-medical masks in all indoor spaces, including washrooms. 

Participants will be washing their hands routinely throughout the day with soap and warm water and/or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when not close to washrooms. 

Covered outdoor spaces will be prioritized for eating, however, eating may occur indoors due to inclement weather. 

Will children be required to wear masks outdoors?

No, however, all participants are highly recommended to wear non-medical masks in all indoor spaces, including washrooms. Please note that we are a mask-friendly space. 

We ask you to pack extra non-medical masks or face coverings for your child. We also have some disposable masks available. 

Will participants be screened daily?

All participants must self-screen using this tool prior to arrival on site. Please reach out to camp@evergreen.ca to notify the team should your child stay home on account of feeling ill or sick. 

What happens if a participant is sick during the program?

If a participant falls ill while at Nature School, they will be placed in an isolated area with a camp staff. Caregivers will be contacted to pick up their camper immediately. The caregiver will be asked to take the child to a COVID-19 assessment center to be tested. If a negative result is confirmed the child will be allowed to return to camp nature school once symptoms have resolved for 24 hours. 

Please reach out to camp@evergreen.ca to notify the camp team should your camper child be staying home due to feeling ill or sick. 

What if my child cannot attend camp due to COVID-19?

Unfortunately, refunds will not be issued for missed camp days.   

What happens in the event Evergreen cancels camp nature school due to COVID-19?

If Evergreen is forced to cancel nature school due to COVID-19, we will notify you via email. Refunds will be issued, less the non-refundable deposit, should Evergreen cancel nature school days due to changing public health regulations or COVID-19 related closures. Evergreen retains the right to change our refund policy without notice to adapt to the evolving public health situation. 

Where can I park?

Evergreen offers a free parking window with a pass, in all parking lots from 8:30-9:15am and 3:30-5:30 pm every Monday during the Nature School session dates. If parking outside those hours you must pay at the meter. For our shuttle bus timings, please see here

Is there an extended after care program?

Yes, we are pleased to offer an extended after care program from 3:30pm - 5:30pm for an additional fee of $153/session or $17/day. Please contact our camp office for more information. 

More information

For more information, we strongly encourage you to write to us at camp@evergreen.ca. For urgent inquiries, you can reach us at 416-596-1495 x 252.

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.