Outdoor Camps

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

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protocols for day camps

TRCA Outdoor Camp Locations

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

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PA DAY CAMPS

 

PA Day Camps at Claireville

Come to Claireville Conservation Area on your PA Day and explore the world of The Nature School.

Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun, and unhurried.

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

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young student takes part in The Nature School PA Day outdoor camp at Claireville Conservation Area
young student takes part in The Nature School PA Day camp at Claireville Conservation Area

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Friday November 12
· Friday November 19
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: $60.00 per day
Ages: 4 to 10
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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PA Day Camps at Claremont

Join us for a PA day full of fun and adventure as we explore the woods, streams and meadows of the Claremont Nature Centre!

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

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elementary school student enjoys PA day outdoor camp experience at Claremont Nature Centre
elementary school student enjoys PA day outdoor camp experience at Claremont Nature Centre

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Tuesday September 7
· Wednesday September 8
· Friday November 12
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: $50.00 per day
Ages: Campers are grouped by age:
· Fireflies: Ages 5-7
· Cicadas: Ages 7-9
· Arachnids: Ages 9-12
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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PA Day Camps at Kortright

Come to Kortright Centre for Conservation on your PA Day and explore the world of The Nature School.

Students will enjoy the benefits of a day spent outdoors where nature becomes the classroom. This child-led approach to learning is exploratory, inquiry based, fun and unhurried.

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

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students explore forest during PA day camp at Kortright Centre for Conservation
students explore trail during PA day camp at Kortright Centre for Conservation

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Friday November 19, 2021
· Friday January 14, 2022
· Friday February 4, 2022
· Thursday June 2, 2022
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: $60.00 per day
Ages: 4 to 10
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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RIVERSONG PROGRAM FOR GIRLS

Riversong at Claremont: Weekends

Riversong is a program for girls who love running in the woods, connecting with nature, and forging new relationships. The program runs over the course of five Saturdays in the forest surrounding Claremont Nature Centre.

Come get a little muddy, hike a little farther, and sing a little louder with Riversong!

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

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girls take part in River Song program at Claremont Nature Centre
River Song program participants walk under umbrella through a forest in the rain at Claremont Nature Centre
girls take part in River Song program at Claremont Nature Centre

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Saturday October 16, 2021
· Saturday October 23, 2021
· Saturday November 13, 2021
· Saturday, November 20, 2021
· Saturday, December 4, 2021
Camp Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: $225.00 for five sessions
Ages: 7 to 14
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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NEW! Riversong After Dark

Riversong After Dark is for girls between ages 12 and 15 years old who dare to explore the Claremont Nature Centre forests after hours, while working on ways to ground themselves in a wild world.

This is a chance for our older girls to connect with nature, themselves, and each other while being given opportunities to share, learn, and grow.

Riversong After Dark challenges girls to work together to build confidence and leadership skills, continue their naturalist skills, and have some good old-fashioned fun!

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

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Girl participates in Riversong After Dark program
forest at Claremont Nature Center after dark
Girl participates in Riversong After Dark program

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Thursday October 21, 2021
· Thursday October 28, 2021
· Thursday November 4, 2021
· Thursday November 11, 2021
· Thursday November 18, 2021
Camp Hours: 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: $100.00 for five sessions
Ages: 12 to 15
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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FOREST EXPLORERS PROGRAM

Forest Explorers at Claremont: Weekends

Get in touch with your wild side!

Participants in this co-ed program will play games in a pine plantation, build shelters, learn about survival skills, and use natural items to bring their imagination to life — all while exploring the forest at Claremont Nature Centre!

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

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students enjoy Forest Explorers program at Claremont Nature Centre
student enjoys Forest Explorers program at Claremont Nature Centre
students explore trail during Forest Explorers program at Claremont Nature Centre

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Saturday October 16, 2021
· Saturday October 23, 2021
· Saturday November 13, 2021
· Saturday, November 20, 2021
· Saturday, December 4, 2021
Camp Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: $225.00 for five sessions
Ages: 7 to 12
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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WINTER CAMPS

Winter Mini Camp at Claremont

Play, explore, and get outside this winter break!

Our fun filled days will include outdoor games, challenges, and crafts as we explore the Claremont forest and make winter memories!

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

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Students enjoy winter mini camp at Claremont Nature Centre
student explores forest trail during winter mini camp at Claremont Nature Centre
student walks on outdoor balance beam during winter mini camp at Claremont Nature Centre

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Dates: · Monday December 27
· Tuesday December 28
· Wednesday December 29
· Thursday December 30
· Friday December 31
Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: · $50.00 per day
· $250.00 for the full week
Ages: Campers are grouped by age:
· Fireflies: Ages 5-7
· Cicadas: Ages 7-9
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

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BOOK AGES 5-7

BOOK AGES 7-9

 

SUMMER CAMPS

TRCA’s 2021 summer camps have now concluded. We hope everyone had a great time! See you again next summer.

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

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.