Nature School | Learning Outdoors
Nature School is a forest & nature school-inspired outdoor play and learning program for children ages 6-10. Winter Registration is open now!
Evergreen is now offering a Winter 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.
- Ages 6–10
- Nature School will run on Fridays from January to March (2023)
- Programs are full days (8:45am-3:30pm)
- 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 eight weeks in length
- You can download our Nature School Handbook
Jan 20, 2023
March 10, 2023
*Please note: Fall session ends on Dec 5, 2022
- Nature School Winter Session: $560 per 8-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.
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.
- All participants 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 participant falls ill during the program, they will be placed in an isolated indoor or outdoor area with an Evergreen 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(ren) will be allowed to return to in-person programming, once symptoms have resolved for 24 hours.
- Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for notifying the Evergreen team should your child(ren) 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.
Upon a successful application, you will be charged the full amount of $560/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, program 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 programming 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 email@example.com.
Evergreen offers full and partial bursaries for our Children’s Programs. For more information on eligibility and to apply, contact our camp office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do you do in inclement weather?
We love the outdoors at the Brick Works and love spending as much time outside as we can in each season. That being said, we do have access to indoor spaces at all times and we can spend some time inside during 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 as well as warming stations set out in the Children’s Garden where programming takes place. Participants will be notified via email in case of cancellations due to extreme cold.
How will nature school be kept COVID-19 safe for participants?
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 participants 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?
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 an Evergreen staff. Caregivers will be contacted to pick up their child(ren) immediately. The caregiver will be asked to take the child(ren) to a COVID-19 assessment center to be tested. If a negative result is confirmed the child(ren) will be allowed to return to Nature School once symptoms have resolved for 24 hours.
Please reach out to email@example.com to notify our staff should your child(ren) 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 programming days.
What happens in the event Evergreen cancels 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?
For more information, we strongly encourage you to write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 program 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.
Evergreen 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.