Evergreen Brick Works Camp Programs provide an increasingly rare chance for children to explore and immerse themselves in local landscapes and neighbourhoods, uncovering the places that shape their city.
Our program approach promotes hands-on contact with and exploration of the natural world. We foster physical, social and intellectual growth with particular attention to nurturing curiosity through experiences that open the senses. We intentionally structure our days with enough flexibility that individual or group interests and passions can lead into unexpected discovery. The outcomes of these side trips are often surprise and delight followed up with a healthy boost in confidence and a pocketful of stories. Time for reflection allows campers time to express themselves creatively and to internalize the lessons and impressions of the day.
Our campers will:
- Get outside—in all weather!
- Build forts, rafts and bridges
- Catch (and release!) frogs, find rabbits and follow tracks of local wildlife
- Climb hills and trees
- Discover wild edible and medicinal plants
- Grow, prepare and share food together
- Help to restore and care for our (new) favourite places
- Document their discoveries on a map and in journals so we can keep a record of the places and treasures they find along the way
- Unearth stories on foot, by bike, and bus — getting to our destination will be half the fun!
Our themes: Food, Shelter and Transportation
Through adventure and play, children will discover new aspects of what they eat, where they live, and how they can travel around the city.
Activities will be tailored to the ages and abilities of each group and vary according to the seasons and weather. Children will be active—walking, running, biking, skating and playing group games. They will work with their hands: cooking food, constructing shelters, and tuning bicycles.
The children will also work with Evergreen’s stewardship experts, learning how to plant seeds, nurture plants and create habitat for wildlife. They will help in the garden, prepare some of their own snacks and develop a taste for nutritious food and how it provides them with the energy they need to be physically active.