Welcome to children and youth programs at HCP! Our aim is to create and provide community-based nature and gardening experiences and education 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 COVID, we are navigating the safe delivery of these educational programs with the guidelines in the current PHO. 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. We look forward to seeing you in our gardens again soon!


AT A GLANCE…

Below, you’ll find all our current child and youth programs we are offering.

  • Birthday parties (currently virtual offerings)
  • Garden Nature Academy (pre-kinder program)
  • Garden Friends (a series designed for a child and parent)
  • Workshops (in-person currently on hold until March; offering virtual and take-home kits)
    • Terrarium Gardens
    • Teacup Fairy Gardens
    • Seed Starting for Kids
  • Pro-D Day Camps
  • Spring Break Camps
  • Summer Camps
  • & More!

 

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

Birthdays in The Garden

COMING SOON! VIRTUAL OFFERINGS STARTING THIS SPRING
IN-PERSON PARTIES ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

GARDEN NATURE ACADEMY – Spring Session

The outdoors offers 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

Date:  Tuesday’s from April 6 – May 25, 2021
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Age:  3 – 4 years
Fee:   $160/session
Register: Online below or call 250 479 6162

Register Online

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

Children love to explore our gardens while observing and experiencing nature. Together, we will engage in a series of NATURE ACTIVITIES.  Each session will include a garden wander, a sharing circle and story-time (plan to bring along your snack and picnic blanket for story time and dress for the weather?) Limit: 8 children.

Dates: Thursday’s, April 8 (Garden Creatures), April 15 (Curious About Plants), April 22 (The Earth), April 29 (Garden Helpers)
Time: 10:00am – 11:30 am
Age: 3 – 6 years
Fee: $55/4 sessions for members or $65/4 sessions for non-members
Register: Below or call 250 479 6162

Register Online

EDUCATIONAL Youth Program Workshops 

AVAILABLE ONLINE FROM FEBRUARY 20TH  UNTIL APRIL 20TH

All workshops will be available ONLINE starting February 20th and can be accessed until April 20th. After registration participants will receive an email including an instructional sheet, a link to an instructional video, as well as time and date options for you to pick up your take-home workshop kit! Workshops will be available for participants to watch at their convenience.

 

TERRARIUM GARDEN FOR KIDS (ONLINE)

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:  $20/child members, $25/non-members

Register online or call 250 479 6162.

Register Online

 

 

OUTDOOR FAIRY GARDENS (ONLINE)

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:  $20/child members, $25/child non-members

Register online or call 250 479 6162.

Register Online

 

 

TEA CUP FAIRY GARDENS (ONLINE)

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 create. Parents are welcome to attend.

Age:  5+ years, recommended
Fee:  $20/child members, $25/non-members

Register online or call 250 479 6162.

Register Online

 

 

 

 

SEED STARTING for KIDS (ONLINE)

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:  $20/child members, $25/non-members

Register online or call 250 479 6162.

Register Online

 

 

 

 

OUTDOOR Junior Master Gardener (JMG) CAMPS (Winter, Spring & Summer 2021)

Join us for an outdoor garden experience where we will busy ourselves with seasonal gardening activities in our very own Junior Master Gardener plot! There will also be exploration of the many natural systems that keep our gardens growing, garden arts and crafts and more! Limited to 15 participants.

Pro D Day Camps

Join us for an outdoor garden experience where we take on seasonal gardening tasks and activities in our very own JMG Garden. There are also opportunities to explore the vast wilderness areas to experience the natural systems that keep our gardens growing, as well as garden arts and crafts and more. Limit: 15

Dates:
Friday, February 12
Monday, April 19
Friday, April 23
Friday, May 14
Friday, May 21
Times:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ages:  5 – 12 years (school age)
Fee:  $40/child
Registration: Call 250 479 6162 to register or click HERE to register online.

Spring Break Camps

Spring 2021

Spring in our gardens has so much promise! During these weeklong camps, we will be preparing and planting the vegetable garden plots in our JMG Garden for the season ahead. We will be putting in our potato crops and checking on the garlic planted by last falls Pro-D Day campers! Our week together is not complete without a potato roast in our own Cob Oven! We will harvest our earliest chives and parsley for toppings and create a feast while learning about these amazing vegetables, their history and how to grow them. During the week we will also plant up potatoes in your very own potato pot to learn to care for and continue to nurture at home.

Dates:
March 15 – 19
March – 22 – 26
Times:   9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ages:  5 – 12 years (school age)
Fee:  $180/child
Registration: Call 250 479 6162 to register or click HERE to register online.

Summer Camps

Summer 2021

Dates & Times: 
July 5 – 9 ;  9am – 4pm
July 19 – 23 ; 9am – 4pm
August 3 – 6 ; 9am – 4pm
August 16 – 20 ; 9am – 12pm
Ages:  5 – 12 years

Fee:
Five-day camps (9am – 4pm): One child – $180,  two children – $315,  three children – $450
Four-day camp (9am – 4pm): One child – $145,  two children – $250,  three children $355
Half-day camp (9am – 12pm): One child – $95,  two children – $170,  three children – $245

Registration: Call 250 479 6162 to register or click HERE to register online.

Lessons in the Garden

If you are looking for a small group, outdoor learning opportunity for your family, class or home school network, consider our outdoor classroom delivery, featuring gardens and space to explore, learn and grow! Check our website for seasonal programs or contact our coordinator at [email protected] to tailor a program for you!