Nature Camps at Tommy Thompson Park

Nature Camp on the Spit

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

summer campers explore wetland during Nature Camp on the Spit at Tommy Thompson Park

2019 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.

Questions about Nature Camp on the Spit? Check out our FAQs, or email Raja at Raja.Raudsepp@trca.ca.

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

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Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12, 2019

Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, 2019

Tuesday, August 6 to Friday, August 9, 2019

Monday, August 19 to Friday, August 23, 2019

JUST ADDED: Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30, 2019

monarch caterpillar on milkweed leaf

Nature Camp on the Spit: Frequently Asked Questions

We are running four week-long day camps in summer 2019: two in July, and two in August. With bird migration season upon us in August, the latter two camps will have an emphasis on fun birding experiences!

DATES: July 8-12 | July 22-26 | August 6-9 | August 19-23

What should my child bring to camp?
We will spend most of every 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 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.

Campers and counselor ride quadcycle at Nature Camp on the SpitAmong the activities during camp, we will be riding together on quadcycles. These four-wheeled multi-seater cycles enable even those campers who haven’t learned to ride a bike to take part.

Each quadcycle accommodates between three and nine riders, who collectively pedal the cycle. A camp counselor will lead the activity, and will review all relevant safety information. Counselors will be responsible for steering the quadcycles.

Quadcycle Specifications: The quadcycles have a tubular steel frame with an aluminum plate floorboard and stainless steel fenders, bumpers and awning posts. Most of the injection-molded foam seats have corresponding alloy pedals.

At the front of each quadcycle are dual steering wheels; the right wheel is not connected to the steering column and has no steering ability.

The pull brake is easily accessible on the right-hand side of the driver seat, and connects to a dual rear internal drum brake hub. Each quadcycle also has a canvas awning to provide shade and weather protection.

Safety Equipment: Each passenger must wear an approved helmet at all times while riding the quadcycle. For those who do not bring their own, helmets will be provided.

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.

campers and counselor explore Tommy Thompson Park trail during Nature Camp on the Spit