Children & Youth Programs at HCP

WELCOME TO THE CHILDREN & YOUTH PROGRAMS AT HCP!

Our aim is to create and provide land-based learning opportunities for children and youth in our community. Through these outdoor educational programs, we believe that we can promote individual, community and environmental health. During all of our programs, we will use the gardens and surrounding forests as our classroom and as an educational tool to cultivate joy, wonder and meaningful connections to plants and the natural world.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are navigating the safe delivery of these educational programs within the guidelines of current Provincial Health Orders. All of our programs are subject to changes mandated by the public health authorities, and in the case that a session is cancelled, a full refund or credit will be provided. As we continue to navigate, in-person sessions may also be then offered online. We look forward to seeing you in our gardens again soon!

AT A GLANCE…

  • Earth Day Event for Schools + Home Learners
  • Garden Nature Academy (Pre-kinder program)
  • Science Friends (Series designed for a child and parent)
  • Find programs for home learners on the “Nature Education Program” page!
  • Kit + Video Workshops
  • Garden Workshops
  • Garden Camps (Pro-D Day, Spring Break, and Summer)
  • Private Workshops for Birthdays
  • and More!

For more information about any of these programs, please contact our program coordinator at [email protected]

Earth Day 2022

This year we are inviting community organizations and schools to participate in our celebration of Mother Earth. If you would like more information about how you, your group, or school can be involved, please contact our coordinator at [email protected]

Date: Friday, April 22, 2022
Time: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Register: Contact [email protected] for more information.

Garden Nature Academy – Spring Session (Registration is NOW OPEN!)

The outdoors offer safe and seasonal opportunities for your preschooler to explore through play, games, songs and activities! These outdoor sessions will include time in our vegetable garden, as well as numerous pathways and native plant forest areas to explore. The small group sizes and our experienced nature educators help to create a nurturing and engaging environment for young children to learn, play and grow!


Dates:
 Tuesday’s for 12 weeks: from April 5th to June 21, 2022
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am
Age: 3 to 5 years
Fee: $275/members, $320/non-members (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Garden Science – A Series for Children and a Parent/Adult

Children love to explore our gardens while observing and experiencing nature. Together, we will engage in a series of nature activities. Each session includes a garden wander, sharing circle and story time. Bring a snack and picnic blanket for story time and dress for the weather.

Dates: Thursdays, April 21, 28, May 12, 19, 2022
Time: 10:00 to 11:30am
Age: 3 to 6 years old, plus parent/guardian
Fee:  Members $75 /Non-Members $85 (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Garden Friends – A Series for Children and a Parent/Adult 

Garden Friends is a half day program for parent and child that runs on Thursday’s for 4 consecutive weeks. Children love to explore our gardens while observing and experiencing nature. Together, we will engage in a series of nature activities. Each session includes a garden wander, sharing circle and story time. Bring a snack and picnic blanket for story time and dress for the weather.

Dates: Thursday’s, June 2, 9, 16 and 23, 2022
Time: 1:00 to 2:30pm
Ages:  3 to 6 years old, plus parent/guardian
Fee: Members $75 /Non-Members $85 (price is for full series)
RegisterHERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Garden Workshops for 2022

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Our workshops explore a variety of plant-based topics, from organic crafts to concrete gardening skills.

Outdoor Fairy Gardens (adult + child)

Inviting all garden enthusiasts!! It might still be a bit early to get out into our gardens this month, but we really want to!! Here is a fun way to get creative, using seasonally appropriate plants that will stand up to the elements and give a head start to doing some early planting! This workshop is geared to an adult and child looking for an outdoor class together. Combine your efforts or each make your own miniature garden to take home. We will begin with a garden tour to inspire us, then collect natural materials to begin our Fairy Garden making together. Please dress for the weather. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Age: 4 – 10 years
Fee: $30/1 garden, $55/2 gardens
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Outdoor Fairy Gardens

Do you know a youth who loves to garden? Have them join us for this early season gardening class to learn about garden design, plant care and to be inspired to add a magic factor to the home garden or balcony. We will begin with an inspirational garden wander to gather ideas and materials. Then we will create our miniature gardens to add to an existing fairy village or begin anew! Please have your child dress for the weather. Class size is limited to 10 participants.

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Age: 7+ years
Fee: $25/members, $30/non-members
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Terrarium Gardens

This class is an introduction to tropical gardening in an way that children can manage and enjoy. We will learn about the individual needs of these interesting plants and create a safe environment for them to grow in while using a gland container that is being reused or upcycled. Once you make one, you may find yourself looking for more containers around your home to make into gardens for yourself and others. These make great gifts!

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Age: 6+ years
Fee: $25/members, $30/non-members
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Child and Youth Nature Workshops

The following workshops are available until December 20th, 2021. After registering, participants will receive an email including an instructional sheet, a link to an instructional video, as well as time and date options to pick-up your take-home workshop kit! Workshops will be available for participants to watch and do at their leisure.

Terrarium Gardens for Kids

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Get creative as you learn about the needs of little plants, and what better place to grow them than in an upcycled glass container? Choose a glass bowl, vase, jar or other container (up to 20cm) to upcycle and see what you can create! You provide the glass container and we provide the rest, including a tropical plant, gravel, soil, and decor..

Age:  6+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25
Register HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Outdoor Fairy Gardens

These outdoor fairy gardens are suited for your deck, balcony or garden. The video will take participants through the steps to use an ornamental flowering plant as the base for this project. Then you will learn how to care for it in a small container. Next we get started designing and decorating the garden with provided natural and created elements as well as additional raw materials to create other fun decor. These miniature gardens provide a fun reason to move your child’s play outdoors this season and makes a great destination to check on during the summer and fall too!

Age:  5+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25
Register:  HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Fairy Furnishings

Making your own fairy garden furnishings can be fun and easy with a little expertise and guidance. In this kit and video package, we will take a walk together to forage natural materials that can be made into fun and functional furnishings for existing and future fairy gardens. We will explore doors, gates, transitions and theme related furnishings. Participants will receive a kit with instructions and supplies to make featured items and will be encouraged to source out their own special materials going forward. Imagination is a wonderful tool as we learn to create items for these playful and whimsical gardens!

Age:  5+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25
Register HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Teacup Fairy Gardens

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Get creative as you learn about the needs of little plants, and what better place to grow them than in an upcycled glass container? Choose a glass bowl, vase, jar or other container (up to 20cm) to upcycle and see what you can create! You provide the glass container and we provide the rest.

Age:  6+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25
Register HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Seed Starting for Kids

A single seed is all it takes to grow a plant. Introduce or support a child/youth to grow their own vegetables and pollinator plants with help from this grow kit featuring all they need to get started. This is a fun way to follow the life cycle of a plant from a seed through to seed production and have fresh produce to use with the family!

Age:  5+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25
Register: HERE or Phone (250) 479-6162

GARDEN CAMPS (FALL, WINTER 2021 AND SPRING 2022)

Join us at the gardens for our JMG (Junior Master Gardener) Pro-D Day  and camps! During these camps, we will busy ourselves with seasonal gardening activities in our very own HCP Kids Garden! There will also be exploration of the many natural systems that keep our gardens growing, garden arts and crafts and more!

Pro D Day Camps

An outdoor garden experience where we take on seasonal gardening tasks and activities in our very own HCP Kids Garden. There are also opportunities to explore the vast wilderness areas to experience the natural systems that keep our gardens growing, get our hands busy with garden arts and crafts and more. Limit: 15

Dates:
Feb 18, 2022
Apr 25, 2022
May 20, 2022

Times: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ages: 5 to 12 years (school age)
Fee: $40/child

Click on camp date to register or call 250 479 6162

Spring Break Camps

Dates:

Mar 21-Mar 25, 2022 (full day, 5 days/week)
Mar 28-Apr 01, 2022 (full day, 5 days/week)

Times: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ages:   5 to 12 years (school age)
Fee:     $180/child, $345/2 children, $495/3 children

Click on camp date to register or call 250 479 6162

Summer Camps

Dates:

Jul 4-8, 2022 (full day, 5 days/week)

Jul 11-15, 2022 (half day, 5 days/week)

Jul 18-22, 2022 (full day, 5 days/week)

Aug 2-5, 2022 (full day, 4 days/week)

Aug 8-12, 2022 (half day, 5 days/week)

Aug 15-19, 2022 (full day, 5 days/week)

Times: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (full days) and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (half days)
Ages: 5 to 12 years (school age)
Fee: 
Five-day Camps: $180/child, $345/2 children, $495/3 children
Four-day Camps: $145/child, $275/2 children, $390/3 children
Half-day Camps: $95/child, $180/2 children, $255/3 children

Click on camp date to register or call 250 479 6162

NOW OFFERING – Private Workshops For Birthdays

HCP offers private workshop bookings to celebrate your child’s birthday in our gardens. These are hosted exclusively outdoors (rain or shine, year round) and feature the popular themes offered each season in our In-Person Workshop listings. See our website for our current offerings or contact our Youth Programs Coordinator for more information [email protected]

Fee: $25/child (up to 10 participants)
Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am or 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm)
Dates: Select Saturday’s

School Virtual Classes, Tours, Programs, and Workshops

If you are looking for a plant-centered learning opportunity for your class or home school network, consider our school programs (Virtual Classroom, School Tours, Programs, and Workshops). Check out our Nature Education page for more information!