Nature Camps at Tommy Thompson Park

The Tommy Thompson Park NATURE CENTRE and PARKING LOT are CLOSED. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has closed this facility to protect visitors, staff and all other attendants, from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19. Trails remain open for social distanced passive use and can be accessed from the entrance located off Outer Harbour Marina Rd. Be aware all maintenance operations have been suspended, and visitors use the trails at their own risk.

Nature Camps on the Spit

Your kids will love exploring the urban wilderness of Tommy Thompson Park!

Nature on The Spit campers exploring for invertebrates (insects, and more!)

New this summer: LIT Camp for ages 14-17!

2020 Summer Day Camps

Nature Camp on the Spit offers the opportunity to discover our city’s animal and plant life among wetlands and meadows.

Our mornings of exploring the natural world will include such activities as wetland dip netting, observing bird activity, and planting native meadow and wildflower species to help enhance habitats.

After our very active mornings, our afternoons will involve calmer activities in the shade such as arts, crafts, games and shorter exploring adventures.

Among other activities, campers will ride our new multi-seater quadcycles.

Nature Camp on the Spit is for ages 7 to 11.

We look forward to seeing your nature-lover at camp next summer!

Nature Campers about to explore the wetlands

PRICING
Camp cost for the week is $270 (no HST)

HOURS
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Drop off is between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. at the Tommy Thompson Park entrance, 1 Leslie Street.
  • Before and after care is offered at $20/child per day, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.
  • A weekly before and after care option is available for $80.

QUESTIONS? DIFFICULTY REGISTERING?
Contact Raja Raudsepp at Raja.Raudsepp@trca.ca.

SUMMER 2020 DATES

June 29 to July 3*
*Camp closed on July 1
July 6 to 10
July 20 to 24
July 27 to 31
August 10 to 14
August 17 to 21

New!  Nature Camp on The Spit – Leaders in Training Program

For ages 14-17.

The Nature Camp on The Spit – Leaders in Training (LIT) Program provides youth with an opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills in a beautiful wilderness day camp setting.

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 very limited at three LIT campers per two-week session ensuring that participants will have meaningful growth experiences through the program.

PRICING
Camp cost for the two weeks is $490 + HST

HOURS
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Drop off is between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. at Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street.

QUESTIONS? DIFFICULTY REGISTERING?
Contact Raja Raudsepp at Raja.Raudsepp@trca.ca.

SUMMER 2020 DATES

July 20 to 31*
*Excluding weekends
August 10 to 21*
*Excluding weekends

LIT campers at Tommy Thompson Park

PA Day Nature Camps

PA Day Nature Camp offers a chance to spend PA days outdoors exploring the natural world of Tommy Thompson Park.

The park is home to birds, mammals, insects and more! In cooler-weather seasons, we’ll see how the bird species change, keep our eyes out for tracks and scat of mammals, and look for evidence of insects having entered into winter mode.

We will be outside for the majority of the day, so dressing for the weather is important. Our time will be spent going on nature walks, playing nature-based games, and generally taking part in exploration activities.

This is a great opportunity to get a taste of what our week-long summer day camps are like too!

PA Day Nature Camp is for ages 8 to 12.

Check out our FAQs to learn more.

We look forward to seeing your nature-lover at camp!

Nature Camper documenting sightings by a wetland

PRICING
PA Day Camp cost for a single session/day is $60 (no HST)

  • Save $8 per registration if you register with a sibling for the same session.

HOURS
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Drop off is between 8:50 and 9:00 a.m. at the Tommy Thompson Park entrance, 1 Leslie Street.
  • Before and after care is offered at $20/child per day, starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m.

QUESTIONS? DIFFICULTY REGISTERING?
Contact Raja Raudsepp at Raja.Raudsepp@trca.ca.

2020 DATES
June 5, 2020

REGISTRATION COMING SOON.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child bring to camp?
We will spend most of the day outdoors. Clothing must be practical and comfortable. For more details, please view our list of what to bring.

What happens on days with inclement weather?
In cases of extreme heat, counselors will ask campers to apply sunscreen every few hours, and we will endeavour to spend as much time in the shade as possible. As there is no running water at Tommy Thompson Park, we ask that campers bring a full water bottle. We will provide water refills throughout the day — cold water whenever possible. Counselors will make sure that campers take water breaks regularly throughout the day.

In cases of extreme cold, counselors will conduct activities in or close to the Nature Centre, where campers can warm up before heading outside again. Please note that we ask for all campers to be very well dressed when the weather is cold, as our goal is to be outdoors as long as it is safe to do so. Please see the Tips for Dressing for the Cold section in the list of what to bring.

In the case of thunderstorms, camp activities will take place in a sheltered space: either at the Nature Centre or in the Environmental Shelter.

All of our camp counselors have been trained to respond to ticks. Please see our Tick Response Protocol to learn more.

It is fun! Unfortunately, we can’t permit parents to attend during camp hours. We encourage you to visit Tommy Thompson Park on weekends and evenings, when it is open to the public, and let your child share their new experiences with you.

Tommy Thompson Park is on a unique landform known as the Leslie Street Spit, or just “The Spit”. A spit is normally formed by a natural process, as sediment is deposited through water current action. The Leslie Street Spit, however, is a manufactured landscape composed initially of construction waste. You can learn more about the park’s history here.

Happy Nature Campers