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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Tuesday, July 17, 2012

TORONTO – Toronto Botanical Garden’s Summer Nature Day Camps are designed to educate and inspire your kids while they’re having fun in our wonderful urban oasis. And it’s a painless way for them to continue learning, growing and making new friends over the summer break, too.

Each week we celebrate a different theme, so choose the one your child will enjoy the most. For example, join us as we create new, local and yummy treats at Cooking Camp, hunt for creepy crawlies at Bug Camp, meet incredible animals at Animal Camp, and much more! There is plenty of free parking and an easy access location for drop-offs as well.

Some spaces are still available, but act now because they’re filling fast!

“Research suggests that a connection to nature is biologically innate…When children spend most of their time indoors, they miss out. Problems associated with alienation from nature include familiar maladies: depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. Kids who have direct access to nature are better learners. Exposure to nature has been shown to reduce stress and increase attention spans.” – Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.

Summer Nature Day Camps 2012
Full Day Camps (for ages 3 to 11) are held primarily outdoors in the gardens and the Don Valley Ravine, but campers will also explore the artifacts in The James Boyd Children’s Centre. Be sure to send campers with water, sunscreen, a hat, nut-free snacks and clothing that’s appropriate for the weather each day.

The schedule is as follows:
July 23 to 27,  Bug Camp (5 & 6 year olds)
July 30 to August 3, Science Camp (7 to 9 year olds)
August 7 to 10, Green Explorers (9 to 11 year olds)
August 13 to 17, Garden Camp (5 & 6 year olds)
August 20 to 24, Cooking Camp (7 to 9 year olds)
August 27 to 31, Animal Camp (3 & 4 year olds w/caregiver)


Animal Camp
If your little one is curious about creatures, this camp is for them! Learn which animals live in and around the TBG, find out what they eat, create cool animal crafts, sing fun songs and help our animal friends by planting in the garden!
Morning Session: August 27 to 31, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. [TG12SAC1]
Afternoon Session: August 27 to 31, 1 to 3 p.m. [TG12SAC2]
Members $100 / Public $125

Bug Camp
Do you dream of dragonflies? Are you beguiled by butterflies? Together we’ll get to know our bugs, hunt creepy crawlies, befriend little creatures in the garden, and create cool critter crafts!
July 23 to 27, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [TG12SBC]
Members $245 / Public $265

Garden Camp
It’s time to get growing! The garden becomes our playground as we plant and tend to vegetables in our organic garden, learn how all creatures play important roles in nature, and celebrate with a harvest party. Enjoy games, projects, crafts and more!
August 13 to 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [TG12SGC]
Members $245 / Public $265

Science Camp
We will become scientists as we learn about biology, botany, chemistry and even physics! Examine insects, explore animal x-rays, make slime, and do new science experiments each day!
July 30 to August 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [TG12SCI]
Members $245 / Public $265

Cooking Camp
Calling all foodies and kids who love cooking! Spend a fun-filled week in the garden growing and picking fresh ingredients, creating simple and delicious treats, and playing fun outdoor activities and games. All creations will be nut-free.
August 20 to 24, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [TG12SCOO]
Members $245 / Public $265

Green Explorers Camp
During this fun-filled week, campers will learn about the important role plants, animals and insects play in a healthy community, with field trips to green spots throughout the city—including Riverdale Farm and the Allan Gardens greenhouses! All trips will have a minimum 1:4 adult to child ratio.
August 7 to 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. [TG12SGRE]
Members $245 / Public $265


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Or email: Larissa Kamakaris, Communications Intern,

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Aldona Satterthwaite about the author: Aldona Satterthwaite

Aldona Satterthwaite started gardening as a child and has never stopped. Until recently, she was the executive director of Toronto Botanical Garden. Previously, Aldona was editor-in-chief of Canadian Gardening magazine, which during her eight-year tenure was twice named Magazine of the Year (large circulation category) by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors. In 2007, she was co-named Editor of the Year. Aldona, who’s a Master Gardener, completed her journalism studies at the Regent Street Polytechnic (now Westminster University) in London, England and studied landscape architecture at Ryerson University. She’s enjoyed a varied and successful writing and editing career that has spanned magazines, advertising and the museum world, and has included stints as Director of Writing Services at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and as manager of creative services at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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