Parks, gardens and community centres around Toronto offer nature and eco programming for kids of all ages.

Camp Naorca

For over 60 years, Camp Naorca staff have passed down its best-loved traditions to campers who gain a greater awareness of and appreciation for nature and the environment.

Camp Claireville

Campers will spend fun-filled days enjoying camp activities in an amazing natural setting, while also participating in traditional camp activities.

Camp Humriva

Humriva Day Camp is located along the Humber River (Lambton Valley) and it provides a unique outdoor camp experience in a natural setting within the city.

High Park Eco Camp

This is an active fun-filled camp for kids who love being outdoors. From organic gardening to nature exploration and hiking, there is so much that awaits your junior camper.

The City’s outdoor day camps are accredited by the Ontario Camps Association (OCA).

How to Get There

Take the Centre Island ferry from the Jack Layton Terminal at 9 Queens Quay. After disembarking, turn left toward Avenue of the Island, walk along it about 500m until you reach The Mall. Find the garden next to the Toronto Island Nature School.


Activities

An interactive garden in the Toronto Island Park, The Franklin Children’s Garden is divided into seven sections where children can enjoy gardening, storytelling, exploring wildlife and visiting seven child-accessible sculptures from the Franklin the Turtle series.

Programming includes a school visit program, summer afternoon drop-in activities and a summer camp.

Franklin Children’s Garden is designed for self-guided exploration and discovery and is open seven days a week. Listed below are programs, events and daily activities offered throughout the summer.

Drop-in at Little Sprouts Garden

Drop-in at Little Sprouts Garden between 1 – 4 p.m. daily in August for fun kids’ craft projects with creative outdoor themes. Weekend drop-ins run through mid-September.

Earth Rangers Live Animal Show

Live animal shows are presented from May to September at TD Storybook Place. Stay tuned for future programming for the 2018 summer season. Visit the Earth Rangers website for more information.

Franklin’s Jr. Sprouts Camp

Spend a half day as a Parent/Guardian with a child at Franklin Children’s Garden. Activities include storytelling, bug identification, organic gardening, nature studies and crafts. Check out the Toronto FUN Guide to register.

For more information on group tours and activities, please email torontoisland@toronto.ca.

The High Park Nature Centre promotes awareness and respect for nature through year-round, hands-on outdoor nature education and park stewardship. For information on year-round programming, visit the Centre’s website.

  • Children learn about nature through a variety of activities, indoors and out. Explore the City’s Nature-Based Programs.
  • Children learn gardening skills through hands-on instruction in a specific gardening discipline. Explore the City’s Gardening Programs.