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…

  • Annual Harvest Festival – October 30th, 2021
  • *New* Home Learners Program (for ages 8-12!)
  • Garden Nature Academy (Pre-kinder program)
  • Garden Friends (Series designed for a child and parent)
  • Kit + Video Workshops
  • Garden Camps (Pro-D Day 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]

Annual Harvest Festival – October 30th, 2021!

Join us at HCP on October 30th for our Annual Harvest Festival! Come plant a fall bulb, make a bird feeder, look for migrating birds in the wetland, and learn what our local bats are doing in the fall season with Habitat Acquisition Trust. Explore and celebrate all the colourful changes with us in The Gardens!

Fall Bird Migration Walk – Honk honk! The geese are flying south! Join HCP’s nature educator, Erica, on a wetland walk to learn about bird migration in the fall. Erica will share which birds are heading south, how they know where to go, and the many obstacles these animals face on their long journey. Binoculars will be available (Max. 12 people)

Batty Talk with HAT – Do you want to learn more about bats? HAT will be hosting a bat chat at the Harvest Festival to answer all your burning bat questions! Check out our display and onsite bat box.

Date: October 30, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Fee: $25/group (fee includes entrance into the gardens)
Register: HERE or Phone (250) 479-6162

 

PUMPKIN PEOPLE WORKSHOP

We have a tradition at HCP to make a display featuring Pumpkin People in our lower field. Families and small groups are encouraged to sign up and add to this display by bringing along old clothing, hats, boots and such. We provide the pumpkins and straw to stuff the clothing and position the creations for the public to enjoy. This is also a wonderful time to celebrate the seasonal changes and harvests from our gardens. All registration fees will be donated to a local charity.  Maximum:  5 groups per time slot

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 1:30, 1:45pm – 2:15pm, 2:30pm – 3pm
Fee: $25/group (up to 5 participants)
Register:  click on the time slot above or phone (250) 479-6162

*NEW* HCP HOME LEARNERS PROGRAM 

Habitat Series

Calling all home learners! HCP is excited to offer a science program just for you! Come explore the different habitats in and around the gardens while connecting to other home learners in your community. Through hands-on activities, games, and crafts, we will discover the many plants and animals that live in neighbouring wetlands, forests, meadows, and of course, a backyard garden! Please note, this is a drop-off program. See you at The Gardens!

Dates: Fridays for 4 Weeks: from November 5 to November 26, 2021
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am
Age: 8 to 12 years old
Fee: $80 for members, $100 for non-members (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

GARDEN NATURE ACADEMY 

Garden Nature Academy – Winter 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 8 Weeks: from January 18th to March 8th, 2022
Time: 9:00am to 11:30am (Morning)
Age: 3 to 4 years old
Fee: $160 (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

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

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: Every Thursday from October 14th to November 4th, 2021
Time: 10:00 to 11:30am
Age: 3 to 6 years old, plus parent/guardian
Fee: HCP Members $55/Non-Members $65 (price is for full series)
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

Fall Garden Workshops (In person)

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Our workshops explore a variety of plant-based topics, from organic crafts to concrete gardening skills. Fall workshop registration is open now!

GARDEN ARTS AND CRAFTS

The gardens are full of opportunities to collect and use natural materials. In this workshop we will learn to use, reuse, and upcycle as we create art for our gardens, gift-giving and homes. Learn to use and press flowers for gift tags, pound botanicals, and more! This is a fun outdoor inspired class that includes foraging and time collecting and learning about our valued plants and what they provide. Maximum:  10

Date:  Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time:  1:30pm – 3:00pm
Age:   6+ years
Fee:    $25/members, $30/non-members
Register: Phone (250) 479-6162

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

TERRARIUM GARDENS

This class is an introduction to tropical gardening in an easy 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 glass container that is being reused or upcycled. This indoor garden will feature a Thanksgiving theme. Once you make one you may have to go home and look for more containers to make into gardens for yourself and others. These make great gifts! Maximum:  10

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Age:  6 + years
Fee:  $25/members, $30/non-members
Register:  Phone (250) 479-6162

 

FAIRY GARDENS

Every fairy garden workshop is a bit different. If you are new to these fun mini gardens, this is a great one to start with! We will be using plants suited to these miniature gardens that will hold up to endless garden adventures. These gardens are meant to be played in! All materials are provided! Maximum: 10

Date:  Saturday, October 23, 2021
Time:  1:30pm – 3:00pm
Age:   4+ (under 6 with an adult participant)
Fee:   $25/members, $30/non-members
Register:  HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

 

3 SEASON PLANTERS

Let’s get creative with our bulbs and perennials and plant up a container garden for interest and edibles during Fall, Winter and Spring! These little gardens will have all they need to provide colour through the cooler seasons on your step or in your garden and provide a “surprise” factor when the bulbs show themselves! Bring along your enthusiasm to plant and we provide the rest!

Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am
Age: 4+ years (under 6 with an adult)
Fee: $25/members, $30/non-members
Register: HERE or phone (250) 479-6162

 

 

WREATH MAKING FOR FAMILIES

This annual workshop is a must for a fun and nature oriented family activity. Our yards can provide a bounty of greens, unique branching, cones, and seed heads that we use to create a long-lived outdoor decor piece for your home or garden. Learn how to use a frame to construct these as a family team. Let us provide all the materials and you bring along your own garden gloves and hand pruners.We recommend one adult for each child/youth participating.

Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021 (morning session)
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021

Time: 10:00 -11:30am (Nov. 27 only), 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Ages:Family Unit (up to 4)
Fee: $30/wreath
Register: Click on the date above or phone (250) 479-6162

 

SUCCULENT GARDENS

These gardens are very popular and it’s easy to see why! Succulents Gardens are easy to care for and offer a selection of exotic looking plants. They are a great way to propagate plants and are well suited for drier growing conditions that we are facing with our changing climate. 

Date: Spring 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Age:   6+ years
Fee:   $25/members, $30/non-members

 

CREATING HABITAT FOR URBAN WILDLIFE

Got slugs? Create natural predation from birds and reptiles by sharing your yard with urban wildlife! In this workshop, we will learn how to provide food and shelter for a variety of animals while improving the ecological balance in your garden. From leaf mulch to rock gardens to bat boxes, we’ll cover many ways you can share your space with your animal neighbours and mutually enjoy the benefits of a biodiverse yard!

Date: Spring 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30am
Age: Family unit (up to 4 people)
Fee: $25 for members / $30 for non-members

INDOOR FAIRY/GNOME GARDENS

Calling all Fairies and Gnomes! It’s getting cold outside and we want a safe place for wee folks to play! Join us for this enchanting journey into tiny gardens that includes basic plant care and creative design all in one session. We will begin with a wander in the gardens for inspiration then create our tiny dream garden to take home and nurture. These gardens are perfect for a child’s room as they learn to care for their garden and change up the feature characteristics to adjust the theme!

Date: Spring 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Age:   6+ years
Fee:    $25/members, $30/non-members

 

BIRD FEEDERS FOR FAMILIES

The changing season is a good time to set up a bird feeding station in your yard. These simple feeders create a great opportunity to invite and support different species of local birds into your yard. Feeders also provide a way to begin identifying birds by their appearance, flight pattern, songs, and food choices.Join us for a nature walk and talk about these amazing creatures and make some feeders to use in your own backyard. Bring along your binoculars if you have some.

Date: Spring 2022
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Age:   Family Unit (up to 4)
Fee:   $35/members, $40/non-members

Child & 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

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:
Sep 27, 2021
Oct 22, 2021
Nov 12, 2021
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
Register: Click on camp date to register or call 250 479 6162

Camps

Dates & Times: 
*Check back soon for winter and spring camp dates*

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!