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…

  • Garden Nature Academy (Pre-kinder program)
  • Garden Friends (Series designed for a child and parent)
  • Kit + Video Workshops (In-person workshops on hold)
  • Garden Camps (Pro-D Day, Spring Break and Summer)
  • Garden Workshops
  • Birthday parties (Currently on hold)
  • and More!

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

GARDEN NATURE ACADEMY – Fall Sessions! *New age group added*

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! Limit: 8 children.

 

Dates: 8 Weeks: from September 7th to October 26th, 2021

Time: 9:00am to 11:30am (Morning)

Age: 3 to 4 years old

Fee: $160 (price is for full series)

Register: *Registration opens June 7th*

 

Dates: 8 Weeks: from September 7th to October 26th, 2021

Time: 12:30pm to 3pm (Afternoon)

Age: 5 years old (and almost 5 year olds)

Fee: $160 (price is for full series)

Register: *Registration opens June 7th*

GARDEN FRIENDS (a series designed for a child and parent) Fall Session

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. Limit: 8 children.

Dates: Thursday’s in September (September 9th to September 30th)
Time: 10:00am to 11:30 am
Age: 3 to 6 years
Fee: $55/4 sessions for members or $65/4 sessions for non-members
Registration Opening in June

Summer Garden Workshops

Join us at the gardens for our summer children & youth workshops! Our workshops explore a variety of plant-based topics, from organic crafts to concrete gardening skills. Summer workshop registration opens in June! Check back soon for more information.

 

Child & Youth Nature Workshops 

IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS ON HOLD – All workshops will be available ONLINE starting February 20th and can be accessed until June 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. *Now featuring summer themed kits*

 

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. Bring along a glass bowl, vase, jar or other container and see what you can create! (containers up to 20 cm in size). Children under 7 years must be accompanied by an adult. You provide the glass container and we provide the rest. 

Age:  6+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25

Register HERE or call 250 479 6162

 

OUTDOOR FAIRY GARDENS

Using a selection of winter hardy miniatures, we will create an outdoor fairy garden for your deck, your balcony or garden. These will provide a fun reason to move your child’s play out of doors this season and makes a great destination to check on during winter and spring! Parents are welcome to attend.

Age:  5+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25

Register HERE or call 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 call 250 479 6162

SEED STARTING FOR KIDS

Growing vegetables from seed is a fun way for children to become self reliant and aware of their own food security. This class includes the introduction to growing 6 different cool weather crops from seed, their maintenance and replanting information. Participants will learn about the best soils to use for starting seeds, how to water, when to harden off and how to plan for successive crops. Participants will take home a tray with their planted seeds and the potential to fill a small garden or several containers with seasonal vegetables.

Age:  6+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25

Register HERE or call 250 479 6162

TEACUP FAIRY GARDENS

The mystique of having fairies in our gardens has us all intrigued! Learn how to incorporate tiny plants and elements of design into these little gardens for indoor use. We will explore the needs of plants and how to care for them in a miniature setting, while providing a magical place for wee garden visitors! Warning: These can be addictive and so fun to make!

Age:  6+ years, recommended
Fee:  $25

Register HERE or call 250 479 6162

Garden Camps (Pro-D, Spring & Summer 2021)

Join us at the gardens for our JMG (Junior Master Gardener) Pro-D Day  and Summer 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:
Friday, May 14 2021 (SD62) –  Click HERE
Friday, May 21 2021 (SD61 & SD63) – Click HERE
Times: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Ages: 5 to 12 years (school age)
Fee: $40/child
Register Online or call 250 479 6162

Summer Camps

Dates & Times: 
July 5 to 9;  9:00am to 4:00pm
July 12 – 16; 9:00am – 12:00pm
July 19 to 23; 9:00am to 4:00pm (Full, taking waitlist)
August 3 to 6; 9:00am to 4:00pm (Full, taking waitlist)
August 9 – 13; 9:00am – 4:00pm
August 16 to 20; 9:00am to 12:00pm (Full, taking waitlist)

Ages:  5 to 12 years (school age)

Fee: 
Five-day Camps (9-4): $180/child, $315/2 children, $450/3 children
Four-day Camps (9-4): $145/child, $250/2 children, $355/3 children
Half-day Camps (9-12): $95/child, $170/2 children, $245/3 children

Click on camp date to register or call 250 479 6162

Birthdays in The Garden

BIRTHDAY PARTIES ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

 

School Virtual classes, Tours, Programs and Workshops

If you are looking for a plant-centred 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 HERE for more information!