Nature Camps at Tommy Thompson Park

CONNECTING WITH URBAN NATURE

Your kids will love exploring the meadows, forests, and wetlands of Tommy Thompson Park! Camps and youth programs at Tommy Thompson Park provide unique opportunities for youth aged 6-14 to discover Toronto’s Urban Wilderness and build relationships with the natural world and each other.

You can find information about Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) camp programs at other outdoor sites HERE.

Questions about camps and youth programs at Tommy Thompson Park? Please contact: ttpcamps@trca.ca.

students use binoculars to look for birds in a wetland area at Tommy Thompson Park

MARCH BREAK CAMP AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK

Join us at Tommy Thompson Park this March Break and explore Toronto’s Urban Wilderness!

Campers will discover the incredible diversity of wildlife that lives at TTP during the winter season – and learn how to spot them!

Camp days will be spent adventuring on guided hikes, playing nature-based games outdoors, creating nature crafts, and developing our connection with the natural world.

March Break campers enjoy outdoor adventures at Tommy Thompson Park
March Break campers enjoy outdoor adventures at Tommy Thompson Park
March Break campers enjoy outdoor adventures at Tommy Thompson Park

CAMP INFORMATION

  • Camp Dates: Monday March 11 to Friday March 15, 2024
  • Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Camp Fees: $300/week
  • Ages: 6 to 12
  • Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

 

MARCH BREAK CAMP BOOKINGS

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TOMMY THOMPSON PARK NATURE CLUB

A nature club in Toronto’s Urban Wilderness – just for kids!

students help plant native shrubs as they enjoy Tommy Thompson Park spring nature club activities

Spring is a great time of year to spot creatures waking up from hibernation, observe bird migration, and discover plants as they regain their foliage. Experienced leaders will guide participants in hands-on exploration of these phenomena and more as we immerse ourselves in the wilderness of TTP.

The Tommy Thompson Park Nature Club is an opportunity for youth ages 6-12 to develop long-lasting relationships with the natural world and each other.

Nature Club participants are divided into two age groups: Minks (ages 6 to 9) and Coyotes (ages 9-12).

We will meet weekly to:

  • Practice and develop our naturalist skills
  • Explore on nature hikes
  • Play games
  • Create nature-based crafts
  • Participate in stewardship activities
  • Have fun!

MINKS (AGES 6-9)

Our Minks club is a community of nature-lovers aged 6-9 who enjoy getting outside and getting curious about the amazing plants and animals that live here in Toronto.

Experienced leaders will guide youth in hands-on learning and play that is centered around building a connection with the land and water of Tommy Thompson Park. Participants will enjoy opportunities to play games, create arts and crafts, explore the park on guided nature hikes, and more!

Minks will meet on Sunday mornings in April and May. We encourage participants to attend all six sessions, if possible. All you need is a love of nature!

Program Details

  • Ages: 6-9
  • Dates: Sundays, April 7 to May 12, 2024 (April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12)
  • Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Fees: $190 for six-week session*
  • Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE

*Please note: Fees are for the entire series, not on a session-by-session basis unless otherwise specified. We will not refund fees for days missed, and any day missed cannot be made up.

COYOTES (AGES 9-12)

Our Coyotes club is a community of youth aged 9-12 who have a love of nature and a curiosity to discover more.

Experienced leaders will guide youth in inquiry-driven learning about the flora and fauna that live at Tommy Thompson Park. Participants will experience opportunities to get involved in stewardship activities, explore on guided nature hikes, share their interests with other like-minded youth, and more!

Coyotes will meet on Sunday afternoons in April and May. We encourage participants to attend all six sessions, if possible. All you need is a love of nature!

Program Details

  • Ages: 9-12
  • Dates: Sundays, April 7 to May 12, 2024 (April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12)
  • Hours: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fees: $190 for six-week session*
  • Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE

*Please note: Fees are for the entire series, not on a session-by-session basis unless otherwise specified. We will not refund fees for days missed, and any day missed cannot be made up.

students explore the trails at Tommy Thompson Park on an autumn day

PA DAY CAMPS AT TOMMY THOMPSON PARK

Come to Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) on your PA Day and explore Toronto’s Urban Wilderness.

TTP is home to birds, mammals, insects, and more! Campers will discover how the diversity of bird species changes throughout the year, keep an eye open for mammal tracks and scat, and explore the seasonal transitions of plants both big and small.

Camp days will be spent adventuring on guided hikes, playing nature-based games outdoors, and developing our connection with the natural world.

PA Day campers explore wetland area at Tommy Thompson Park
PA day camper uses magnifying glass to study insect at Tommy Thompson Park
PA day campers explore wilderness trails at Tommy Thompson Parkj

CAMP INFORMATION

  • Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Camp Fees: $70 per participant per day
  • Ages: 6-12
  • Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE

For questions, please contact us at ttpcamps@trca.ca.

2024 CAMP DATES

Friday June 7, 2024 REGISTER NOW

SUMMER NATURE DAY CAMPS

Tommy Thompson Park’s 2024 summer nature camps are now open for booking.

summer campers explore wetland at Tommy Thompson Park
summer camper enjoys outdoor adventure at Tommy Thompson Park
summer campers enjoy outdoor adventures at Tommy Thompson Park

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Nature Camp at Tommy Thompson Park offers the opportunity to discover our city’s animal and plant life among wetlands and meadows. Your child will love spending their days outside exploring Toronto’s urban wilderness!

We look forward to seeing your nature lover at this summer!

Are you 14+ and looking to gain community service hours and develop your leadership skills? Volunteer at TTP camps this summer! For more information, email ttpcamps@trca.ca.

DOWNLOAD OUR CAMPER GUIDEBOOK

Tommy Thompson Park Camper Guidebook

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:* $315/week
$250/four-day week
August 6-9 Wheels on the Watefront camp: $385/week
Extended Care Fees: $100/week
$80/four-day week
*Conservation Parks Members: Please contact TRCA visitor services to get a 10% membership discount.

2024 CAMP DATES

July 2-5: WILDLIFE ADVENTURES* - Day Camp

Wildlife thrives in Toronto’s Urban Wilderness! During our Wildlife Adventures camps, campers will adventure through forests, wetlands, and meadows to learn about the flora and fauna (plants and animals) of Tommy Thompson Park.

We’ll take a closer look at these residents, learn how to identify them, and have fun gaining a new appreciation for their incredible diversity.

*Four-day week.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 9-12 REGISTER NOW

July 8-12: SCIENCE ON THE SPIT - Day Camp

There’s always more to discover about the natural world! During our Science on The Spit camps, campers will use microscopes, magnifying glasses, and more to take the first steps into scientific discovery.

We’ll take part in science experiments, collect specimens, and discover Tommy Thompson Park from a new perspective – all while getting outside, playing games, and having fun! To attend, all you need is a love of nature.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 SOLD OUT
Book camp for ages 9-12 SOLD OUT

July 15-19: ART IN NATURE - Day Camp

Let’s get creative! During our Art in Nature camps, we will draw inspiration from the natural world of Tommy Thompson Park.

Campers will design their own ephemeral art, practice photography skills, create sustainable art using recycled materials, and more! We’ll hone our artistic skills and learn how to view the natural world from new perspectives.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 9-12 REGISTER NOW

July 22-26: WILDLIFE ADVENTURES - Day Camp

Wildlife thrives in Toronto’s Urban Wilderness! During our Wildlife Adventures camps, campers will adventure through forests, wetlands, and meadows to learn about the flora and fauna (plants and animals) of Tommy Thompson Park.

We’ll take a closer look at these residents, learn how to identify them, and have fun gaining a new appreciation for their incredible diversity.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 SOLD OUT
Book camp for ages 9-12 REGISTER NOW

July 29-August 2: SCIENCE ON THE SPIT - Day Camp

There’s always more to discover about the natural world! During our Science on The Spit camps, campers will use microscopes, magnifying glasses, and more to take the first steps into scientific discovery.

We’ll take part in science experiments, collect specimens, and discover Tommy Thompson Park from a new perspective – all while getting outside, playing games, and having fun! To attend, all you need is a love of nature.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 9-12 REGISTER NOW

August 6-9: WHEELS ON THE WATERFRONT* - Day Camp (Ages 12-14)

Calling all young adventurers! During our Wheels on the Waterfront camp, campers aged 12-14 will embark on daily bike rides along the scenic lakefront trails of Toronto.

Experienced leaders will guide campers on visits to destinations such as the Toronto Islands, Cherry Beach, Woodbine Beach, and of course, Tommy Thompson Park, where campers will begin and end each day.

Join us for a week of pedal-powered exploration, new friendships, and a greater appreciation for the wonders of urban nature.

Campers must have experience cycling and be confident riding a bike. Campers are to provide their own bicycle in working order and a properly fitted helmet.

*Four-day week.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 12-14 REGISTER NOW

August 12-16: BIRDS IN THE CITY - Day Camp

Tommy Thompson Park is a birding hotspot! During our Birds in the City camps, campers will discover the bird species who 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.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 9-12 SOLD OUT

August 19-23: ART IN NATURE - Day Camp

Let’s get creative! During our Art in Nature camps, we will draw inspiration from the natural world of Tommy Thompson Park.

Campers will design their own ephemeral art, practice photography skills, create sustainable art using recycled materials, and more! We’ll hone our artistic skills and learn how to view the natural world from new perspectives.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 9-12 REGISTER NOW

August 26-30: BIRDS IN THE CITY - Day Camp

Tommy Thompson Park is a birding hotspot! During our Birds in the City camps, campers will discover the bird species who 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.

CAMP BOOKINGS

Book camp for ages 6-7 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 7-9 REGISTER NOW
Book camp for ages 9-12 REGISTER NOW

CANCELLATION POLICY

TTP Summer Camps
Cancellation requests received by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) more than 30 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 30 days before the start of the camp program do not qualify for a refund. 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.

PA Day & March Break Camps and Youth Nature Club
Cancellation requests received by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) more than 14 days before the start of the 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 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 program 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 program to operate. In the event TRCA must cancel the program due to low registration or government order, a full refund will be issued.