Outdoor Camps

Give your kids an outdoor adventure to remember! Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) camps offer a wide variety of immersive experiences designed to engage young minds and inspire creativity.

TRCA’s 2021 summer camp registration are NOW OPEN!

Conservation Parks Members receive a 10% discount for camp registration. Please see below for fee information, and contact TRCA visitor services to get the discount.

TRCA Summer Day Camps Locations

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map of TRCA summer outdoor camp locations across the Greater Toronto Area

 

Outdoor Camps at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Imaginations come to life in the historic surroundings of Black Creek Pioneer Village, an authentic recreation of a 19th century rural Ontario community.

In groups of 10, campers will enjoy a safe and fun-filled experience in their very own private area of the Village!

Participants receive an information package upon registration to help them prepare for their adventure — including instructions for how to put together their own 1800s outfit, and how to pack lunches and snacks that would have been eaten long ago.

Black Creek Pioneer village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2P3.

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summer campers play 19th century sports and games at Black Creek Pioneer Village
summer camper makes clay art at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village team member introduces summer campers to heritage breed sheep

READ OUR COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drop-off: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Pick-up: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: Register before April 19, 2021: $265/week
Register after April 19, 2021: $285/week
(Four-day camps: $228/week)
Member fee: $257/week
(Four-day camps: $205/week)
Please contact TRCA visitor services to get the membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $75/week
(Four-day camps: $60/week)
Ages: 5-12
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9: TIME TRAVELER’S BOOT CAMP
Do you have what it takes to live in 19th century Ontario? Learn the skills you need to thrive and survive in the past! Discover how to dress, how to act, how to stay healthy, and how to work, and play in the 1800s!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 12-16: PLANTS & ANIMALS
Get up close with all Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens and farm animals. Have fun digging in the soil and keeping our farmyard friends company!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-23: VILLAGE FOLK
Who might you encounter in an 1800s village? What were their lives like? What jobs did they have? Explore village buildings and create a different heritage-inspired craft each day.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 26-30: CRAFTY CAMPERS
Put down the tablet and get ready to use your hands! Practice craft skills popular long ago including tie dying, weaving, and needlework.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 3-6: PLANTS AND ANIMALS*
Get up close with all Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens and farm animals. Have fun digging in the soil and keeping our farmyard friends company!
*Four-day week.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 9-13: TIME TRAVELER’S BOOT CAMP
Do you have what it takes to live in 19th century Ontario? Learn the skills you need to thrive and survive in the past! Discover how to dress, how to act, how to stay healthy, and how to work, and play in the 1800s!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 16-20: PLANTS & ANIMALS
Get up close with all Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens and farm animals. Have fun digging in the soil and keeping our farmyard friends company!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 23-27: VILLAGE FOLK
Who might you encounter in an 1800s village? What were their lives like? What jobs did they have? Explore village buildings and create a different heritage-inspired craft each day.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 30 – September 3: CRAFTY CAMPERS
Put down the tablet and get ready to use your hands! Practice craft skills popular long ago including tie dying, weaving, and needlework.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

 

Nature Camps at Claireville

Claireville Conservation Area is located at 8180 Regional Road 50, Brampton, ON L6T 0A6.

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summer campers study insects at Claireville Conservation Area
summer nature camper climbs a tree at Claireville Conservation Area
camper learns to use binoculars during outdoor summer nature camp at Claireville Conservation Area

READ OUR COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Camp Fees:* $270/week
(Four-day camps: $216/week)
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact TRCA visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.
Ages: 6-11
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9: MUD MADNESS
Let’s get dirty! Join us for a wet and wild week to jump in mud puddles, explore a pond, search the river for natural clay and make a craft with it, visit the mud spa, play water games and more. Campers are encouraged to bring a change of clothes each day, as we plan on getting muddy.
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July 12-16: SURVIVAL CAMP
Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat!) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-23: THINGS THAT CREEP AND CRAWL
Little animals that wiggle, swim and jiggle! Welcome to things that creep and crawl! Learn about different types of insects and other small creatures, their behaviours, senses and adaptations. Crafts and activities will be packed with bugs, salamanders, frogs, toads and more!
GO TO BOOKING PAGE NOW
July 26-30: SPY CAMP
In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills. Join us to learn about owl pellets, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals.
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August 3-6: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP
Explore the creeks in search of aquatic life forms, go on a treasure hunt to discover hidden riches and learn about early Aboriginal life through edible plants, tools and games. Engage your child’s love for adventure through fun, hands-on and exciting activities.
PLEASE NOTE: This is a four-day camp.
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August 9-13: ART IN NATURE
Mask making, painting, music and traditional summer camp activities are all part of this creative week. No experience necessary to participate.
GO TO BOOKING PAGE NOW
August 16-20: SURVIVAL CAMP
Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat!) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game.
GO TO BOOKING PAGE NOW
August 23-27: SPY CAMP
In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills. Join us to learn about owl pellets, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals.
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August 30 – September 3: AMAZING ANIMALS
Learn about the many different types of insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that call Claireville home! In this animal focused program all the activities, crafts and games will be related to learning more about animal behavior, adaptations and senses through fun, hands-on activities.
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Nature Camps at Claremont

Your kids will enjoy an unforgettable outdoor experience at Claremont Nature Centre, located on a beautiful 160-hectare property in Durham Region.

Claremont Nature Centre is located at 4290 Westney Road North, Pickering, ON L0C 1A0.

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summer camper learns to build a campfire at Claremont Nature Centre
summer camper studies butterfly at Claremont Nature Centre
summer camper enjoys outdoor activity at Claremont Nature Centre

READ OUR COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available for select camps from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Camp Fees:* Register before April 19, 2021: $230/week
(Four-day camps: $180/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $250/week
(Four-day camps: $200/week)
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact TRCA visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $50/week
(Four-day camps: $40/week)
Ages: Campers are cohorted by age into the following groups:
• Bumblebees: Ages 4-5
• Fireflies: Ages 5-7
• Cicadas: Ages 7-9
• Arachnids: Ages 9-12
Hot Lunch: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hot lunch will not be available in the summer of 2021.
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9: AMAZING ANIMALS
Campers will learn about the different animal groups through hikes, games and activities. Get your camper ready to embrace their animal instincts as they look for signs of animals and learn about animal adaptations!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 12-16: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
Learn the skills needed to survive the wilderness! Campers will build a shelter from materials found in the forest, learn how to safely make a fire, and enjoy cedar tea!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-23: SPY CAMP
Campers will spend the week learning to supercharge their senses and spy on nature. During the camp they will learn about tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the secret lives of animals!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 26-30: NATURE ART
Art is all around us! Campers will use nature as inspiration as they draw and sketch life in the forest, make earth art, paint natural items, and create clay sculptures from clay dug out of the pristine Duffins creek.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 3-6: FOREST MAGIC
Take a closer look at the magic the forest has to offer! Campers will be sorted into element “houses” making their own wand, creating natural “potions”, and connecting with their roots.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a four-day camp.

AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 9-13: NATURE SUPERHEROES
Calling all Nature Superheros! Campers will learn how nature influences superheroes, discover real life superpowers that different plants and animals have, and ways they can help save the planet!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 16-20: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
Learn the skills needed to survive the wilderness! Campers will build a shelter from materials found in the forest, learn how to safely make a fire, and enjoy cedar tea!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 23-27: CREATIVITY CAMP
Let’s get innovative! Campers will think outside the box as they complete challenges, re-create common items from natural materials, and make their own new creations in this week full of experiments, art, and building!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 30 – September 3: SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP
Campers will set up a “home base”, learn navigation techniques, and roast marshmallows in between finding their own adventures in the woods, streams, and meadows of the Claremont Nature Centre!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

 

Nature Camps at Kortright Centre

Summer nature day camp at Kortright Centre for Conservation is for children 4-14 years of age who like nature and spending time outdoors. Each week of camp has a new theme, so you can come for just a week or stay for the whole summer.

Kortright Centre for Conservation is located at 9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge, ON L4L 1A6.

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summer camper studies insect at Kortright Centre
summer camper enjoys outdoor adventure at Kortright Centre
summer camper with muddy hands at Kortright Centre

READ OUR COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Camp Fees*: Ages 4-5: Register before April 19, 2021: $260/week (Four-day camps: $204/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $280/week (Four-day camps: $224/week)
Ages 6-11:
Register before April 19, 2021: $250/week (Four-day camps: $196/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $270/week (Four-day camps: $216/week)
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact TRCA visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $25/day or $100/week
Ages: Campers are cohorted by age into the following groups:
Kinder: Ages 4-5
Ages 6-11
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9: AMAZING ANIMALS
Learn about the many different types of insects, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians that call Kortright home! In this animal-focused program all the activities, crafts and games will be related to learning more about animal behavior, adaptations and senses through fun, hands-on activities.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

July 12-16: MUD MADNESS
Let’s get dirty! Join us for a wet and wild week to jump in mud puddles, explore a pond, search the river for natural clay and make a craft with it, visit the mud spa, play water games and more. Campers are encouraged to bring a change of clothes each day as we plan on getting muddy.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
July 19-23: SURVIVAL CAMP
Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat!) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 26-30: THINGS THAT CREEP AND CRAWL
Little animals that wiggle, swim and jiggle! Welcome to things that creep and crawl! Learn about different types of insects and other small creatures, their behaviours, senses and adaptations. Crafts and activities will be packed with bugs, salamanders, frogs, toads and more!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 3-6: SPY CAMP
In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills. Join us to learn about owl pellets, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a four-day camp.

AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 9-13: OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP
Time travel to the past and participate in an archaeology dig to find hidden artifacts. Explore the creeks of Kortright in search of aquatic life forms, go on a treasure hunt to discover hidden riches and learn about early Aboriginal life through edible plants, tools and games. Engage your child’s love for adventure through fun, hands-on and exciting activities.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 16-20: ART IN NATURE
Mask making, painting, music and traditional summer camp activities are all part of this creative week. No experience necessary to participate.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 23-27: SURVIVAL CAMP
Learn basic survival skills in this fun filled outdoor focused program. Start a fire, build a shelter, learn what to eat (and what not to eat!) in the wild. Learn about navigation basics and animal adaptations and play the popular “predator-prey” game.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 30 – September 3: SPY CAMP
In this exciting and unique program, campers will supercharge their senses and increase their observation skills. Join us to learn about owl pellets, tracking animals, using binoculars, camouflage, moving silently and spying into the private lives of animals.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 6-11: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

 

Nature Camps at Swan Lake

Make it a summer to remember for your kids at Swan Lake Outdoor Education Centre, located on a picturesque property in the heart of York Region. We offer a wide variety of engaging outdoor experiences designed to appeal to all interests and experience levels.

Swan Lake Outdoor Education Centre is located at 1229 Bethesda Sideroad, Richmond Hill, ON L4E 1A2.

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TRCA summer camper runs through field at Swan Lake Outdoor Education Centre
TRCA summer camper builds shelter at Swan Lake camp
TRCA summer camper at Swan Lake

READ OUR COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Camp Fees*: Register before April 19, 2021: $230/week
(Four-day camps: $180/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $250/week
(Four-day camps: $200/week)
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact TRCA visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $60/week
(Four-day camps: $48/week)
Ages: Campers are cohorted by age into the following groups:
• Ages 4-5
• Ages 5-7
• Ages 7-9
• Ages 9-12
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9: NATURE ENGINEERS
During this week, we will examine some of nature’s most amazing engineers — like the beaver, wasp, and robin. Campers will also build their own structures using natural materials!
AGES 4-5: FULL*  AGES 5-7: FULL* 
AGES 7-9: FULL*  AGES 9-12: FULL* 
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 12-16: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
Master the essentials of wilderness survival! We will build shelters and fires, learn to safely identify and forage for edible plants, interpret maps, make nature potions, tie knots, and learn how Indigenous peoples traditionally thrived on the land.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL* 
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-23: ADVENTURE CAMP
Campers will create a home base, learn navigation and tracking techniques, and roast marshmallows while finding their own adventures in the woods, trails, and meadows.
AGES 4-5: FULL*  AGES 5-7: FULL* 
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 26-30: ART IN NATURE
Create works of art in nature and with nature! Drawing inspiration from the land, we will paint, sculpt, sketch, make music, natural dyes, forest wands and more.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 3-6: OUTDOOR EXPLORERS
Campers will learn and practice their outdoor and navigation skills. Fire building, shelter building, knot tying, and rope work will all be part of this exciting camp.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a four-day camp.

AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 9-13: NATURE ENGINEERS
During this week, we will examine some of nature’s most amazing engineers — like the beaver, wasp, and robin. Campers will also build their own structures using natural materials!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 16-20: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
Master the essentials of wilderness survival! We will build shelters and fires, learn to safely identify and forage for edible plants, interpret maps, make nature potions, tie knots, and learn how Indigenous peoples traditionally thrived on the land.
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 23-27: ART IN NATURE
Create works of art in nature and with nature! Drawing inspiration from the land, we will paint, sculpt, sketch, make music, natural dyes, forest wands and more!
AGES 4-5: FULL* AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* BOOK AGES 9-12
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 30 – September 3: SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP
Campers will create a home base, learn navigation and tracking techniques, and roast marshmallows while finding their own adventures in the woods, trails, and meadows.
BOOK AGES 4-5 AGES 5-7: FULL*
AGES 7-9: FULL* AGES 9-12: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

 

Nature Camps on the Spit
at Tommy Thompson Park

Your child will love exploring the urban wilderness of Tommy Thompson Park this summer! Five days of discovering our city’s animal and plant life among wetlands and meadows.

This summer, we’re excited to introduce themed camp weeks! Campers will investigate insects, become nature experts, get creative with nature art, and discover their inner birder.

Tommy Thompson Park’s summer offerings include Leader-In-Training opportunities for ages 14-17.

Tommy Thompson Park is located at 1 Leslie Street, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2.

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summer camper enjoys an introduction to bird watching at Tommy Thompson Park
summer campers make nature art at Tommy Thompson Park
summer camper uses magnifying glass to study insects at Tommy Thompson Park

READ OUR COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Camp Fees*: Register before April 19, 2021: $250/week
(Four-day camps: $204/week)
Register after April 19, 2021: $270/week
(Four-day camps: $224/week)
Leaders in Training:
Register before April 19, 2021: $460/two-week session
Leaders in Training:
Register after April 19, 2021: $490/two-week session
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact TRCA visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $80/week
(Four-day camps: $70/week)
Ages: 7-11
Leaders in Training: 14-17
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9 | July 12-16: INCREDIBLE INSECTS … AND MORE
Micro wildlife thrives in Toronto’s wilderness spaces! These are the insects, arachnids, and other tiny creatures who are essential for healthy habitats.

During Incredible Insects camps, campers will learn about the insects (and more!) that live among wildflowers, in trees, and even in the water! Using tools like dipnets, magnifying glasses, and microscopes, we’ll take a close look at the Leslie Street Spit’s smaller residents and gain a new appreciation for their incredible diversity.

JULY 5-9: FULL* JULY 12-16: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-23 | July 26-30: BECOME A NATURE EXPERT
There’s always more to discover about the natural world. During our Become a Nature Expert camps, we will focus on learning about Tommy Thompson Park’s flora and fauna (plants and animals).

Campers will refine their identification skills and explore the relationships between organisms in their natural communities. We will also give back to nature by performing acts of stewardship, helping the local wildlife thrive! To attend, all you need is a love of nature.

JULY 19-23: FULL* JULY 26-30: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 3-6 | August 9-13: ART ON THE SPIT
Let’s get creative! During our Art on The Spit camps, campers will draw inspiration from nature found within Tommy Thompson Park to draw and sketch, create their own ephemeral art, practice photography skills, and more! We’ll hone our artistic skills and learn how to view the natural world from new perspectives.

PLEASE NOTE: August 3-6 is a four-day camp.

AUGUST 3-6: FULL* AUGUST 9-13: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 16-20 | August 23-27: BIRDS IN THE CITY
Tommy Thompson Park is a birding hotspot! During our Birds in the City camps, campers will discover the bird species that call The Spit home.

We’ll explore for birds, learn about bird calls, and visit the Bird Research Station to see birds up close before they’re released. Campers will be provided with binoculars and field guides to use during the camp week.

AUGUST 16-20: FULL* AUGUST 23-27: FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-30* | August 3-13* | August 16-27*
LEADERS IN TRAINING PROGRAM
*This program is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
The Leaders in Training Program provides youth ages 14-17 with an opportunity to develop leadership skills in beautiful wilderness day camp setting.

camper takes part in Leaders in Training program at Tommy Thompson Park

In this two-week program, LIT campers will participate in leadership training sessions while also helping with Nature Camp on The Spit activities for younger campers.

The progression through the two weeks will shift from active observation to direct experience leading camp activities.

Spaces are limited, ensuring that participants will have meaningful growth experiences through the program.

When booking, please select the first day of the session you would like to book
(e.g., if you’d like to book for the two-week session of August 16- 27, select August 16.

REGISTRATION FULL*

*This program is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

 

TRCA Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received by TRCA more than 14 days before the start of the camp program will receive a 75% refund of the relevant program fees paid. Cancellation requests received by TRCA less than 14 days before the start of the camp program do not qualify for a refund. Please contact us in cases of sickness prior to the program so we can be in touch about rescheduling or refunding. Rescheduling is subject to availability. There is no refund for camp days missed or children opting not to participate in activities. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email to vservices@trca.ca. Minimum registration numbers required for camp to operate. In the event TRCA must cancel the camp due to low registration or government order, a full refund will be issued.

COVID-19 FAQs FOR PARENTS

VIEW TRCA’s COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR DAY CAMPS

Will social distancing be practiced indoors?
Yes, whenever possible. Most of the day will be spent outside. When program participants move inside, they will follow clearly signed pathways through buildings to ensure they remain 2m from other people in the building. Only the entrance door will be unlocked, to further prevent entry in non-designated entry points. Designated indoor learning and programming areas will remain closed to the public.

Will face coverings be required indoors? Outdoors?
Staff and participants in grade 1 and up will be required to wear face coverings while indoors, and outdoors when social distancing cannot be practiced. Children in grade SK and under will be encouraged to wear masks.

If the group moves indoors, will changes be made to keep staff and participants safe?
The indoor location will only be opened to a few select guided programs led by staff familiar with our COVID-19 protocols during business hours. Increased sanitization schedules that focus on high-touch surfaces and include a weekly deep cleaning are part of our COVID-19 mitigation operational plan.

Most designated learning areas are only accessible to a specific cohort. In some instances, two cohorts may occupy their own designated area within a larger space. Every learning areas is cleaned and sanitized between cohorts. Areas that have tight quarters (stairwells and hallways for example) will have one-directional travel with signage.

How frequently will high-touch surfaces be sanitized?
A minimum of two times daily, with a deep clean occurring once a week.

How frequently will children be made to wash their hands?
There will be an increased emphasis on hand washing. There will be several sanitizing stations located in and around the program areas ready for use when soap and water is unavailable or impractical. Program leaders will ensure all participants are shown the proper hand washing and hand sanitizing procedures.

Will there be any screening protocols in place?
At the beginning of each day, parents/guardians will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire on behalf of their child.

What will the illness policy be?
Program participants must stay home if the participants or any of their family members in the same household have one or more of the following symptoms or situations:

  • Currently experiencing any of these symptoms:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
    • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    • Pink eye
    • Headache
    • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
    • Muscle aches
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Falling down often
  • Live with a person currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.
  • In the last 14 days, you or anyone you live with travelled outside of Canada. If exempt from quarantine requirements (for example, an essential worker who crosses the Canada-U.S. border regularly for work), select “No”.
  • In the last 14 days, you have been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19.
  • A doctor, health care provider, or public health unit has told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home).
  • In the last 14 days, you have received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone. If you already went for a test and got a negative result, select “No”.
  • Have a member in their family who has any of the above symptoms

Any participant experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, even if mild, must stay home. The use of a mask is not an acceptable measure to attend programs for those who are symptomatic.

In cases where a participant develops symptoms of COVID-19 while attending a program, we will contact the participant’s parent or guardian to pick up their child immediately and contact the local public health unit for further direction.

What if a family member that lives with the child has symptoms?
All household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine. Therefore, any program participant or any staff with a member of their household who has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home.

After a period of illness, how long before I can send my child back to the program?
We will follow the most current guidelines of the local public health unit.

If someone else in my household has symptoms, do I need to keep my child home from the program?
Yes. Please refer to above illness policy. This policy is subject to change, and we will follow the most current guidelines of the local public health unit.

In the event of a positive test within the school, camp or program participant population will everyone be required to be tested? Will there be a shutdown period?
We will inform the local public health unit and follow their recommendations.