Nature Camps at Tommy Thompson Park

Nature Camps on the Spit

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

PA Day campers explore nature trail at Tommy Thompson Park in autumn

2019 PA Day Nature Camp

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.

Questions about PA Day Nature Camp? Check out our FAQs, or email Raja at Raja.Raudsepp@trca.ca.

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

PA day campers investigate flora and fauna at Tommy Thompson Park

PRICING
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.

UPCOMING DATES

Friday November 15, 2019

Friday December 6, 2019

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. (See FAQs for more information.)

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

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

summer campers enjoy Nature Camp on the Spit at Tommy Thompson Park

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

  • Save $20 per registration if you register with a sibling or friend for the same week before June 24, 2019.

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.

CHECK BACK SOON FOR SUMMER 2020 DATES

American tree sparrow

PA Day Nature Camp: Frequently Asked Questions

We are running three PA day camps in fall 2019: October 11, November 15 and December 6.

These camps can be registered for separately or together.

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.

PA day campers use binoculars to look for birds at Tommy Thompson Park