Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

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2020 RVCC Virtual Summer Day Camp Registration


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Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

2020 Summer Day Camp

Kids! Come join us for a summer of online and outdoor exploration!

How to Register

To register your child please fill out the registration form below and email it along with your e-transfer payment  to Alternatively you may call us at 416-282-8265 or email us at for more information.

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The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre is excited to offer children ages 6-12 the opportunity to join our Virtual Summer Day Camp program from July 13 - August 28, 2020. While we won't be able to conduct our traditional Summer Day Camp program this year, we are excited to bring you our hybrid program for this summer. Children will still have the opportunity to learn about the Rouge and the flora and fauna that live here as well as form new friendships, make crafts and have fun!

This year's program will be online with an in-person portion, one family at a time. Online, children will interact with counsellors and other campers on Zoom, have an opportunity to chat and contribute to the daily discussions, test their knowledge with activities and games and take a little time to be creative with a theme related craft. The in-person portion will consist of a one-on-one interactive hike with one of our trained counsellors, one family at a time (we will accept two families at a time if they are part of your social circle, up to a maximum of 8 people). We feel it is important to have that in person connection so that the children are still able to experience nature outside while adhering to physical distancing rules, keeping the health and well-being of everyone top of mind.

Program subject to change pending Public Health guidelines


6 - 12 years old


Camp is offered on a weekly registration basis from July 13 - August 28, 2020. See below for weekly themes.


Online sessions: Monday to Thursday 9:45 a.m. - 12 p.m. (approximately)

In-person session: Day and time to be chosen when registration is confirmed. Available timeslots are Monday to Thursday from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. - 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Registration fees:

Online + In-Person Program:

Includes online Zoom program, in-person interactive family hike, craft materials, worksheets, and access to recorded lessons.


Additional siblings: $65/child/week

Online Program only:

Includes online program, craft materials, worksheets, and access to recorded lessons.


Additional siblings: $50/child/week

Self Guided Program:

Learn at your own pace, on your own time. Includes craft templates, worksheets, and access to recorded lessons.



For the online program and recorded lessons you will require:

  1. -internet access

  2. -a laptop (preferred), tablet or cellular phone

  3. -Zoom (free app) - for online program only

  4. -craft supplies: scissors, glue, tape, markers, paint, paint brushes, pencil crayons, etc.

Can’t afford to send your child to camp? Email us at for information about subsidies available to families in priority areas.

                                                                            Funding generously provided by:

Weekly Themes

July 13 - 17: Winged wonders 

Learn about our fascinating aerial acrobats, the deadly winged predators that attack from above, and those that stalk food at or below the waterline. As an aspiring ornithologist this week you will unravel the reasons to why woodpeckers don’t get headaches.

July 20 - 24: Furry Friends 

What makes an animal a mammal? We’ll explore some of our local odd balls, like our local lagomorph that likes to eat something that no one should see. Take a closer look at some carnivores and rodents and our only marsupial who is largely misunderstood.

July 27 - 31: Sir Hiss, Mr. Toad and friends  

We have many slimy and scaly creatures all around us here, some hop, some climb or crawl and some slither. Learn all about these creatures attack powers and defences, their habitats and favourite foods. Some on occasion may even like to eat their friends ... gasp..

Aug 4 - 7: Splish, Splash: Fins and Water Wings  

Ever wonder what lives in the water? Now is your chance to explore the aquatic world of our rivers and wetlands. Learn to catch a fish and discover all kinds of aquatic bugs you never knew existed ... also discover the kids favourite .. can you guess what it is?

Aug 10 -14: The Rarest of the Rare  

Some creatures are rare in the Rouge but common elsewhere, and some are doing well here but in large declines elsewhere. Learn about what makes rare species rare ... get to see some of them up close, and learn how we can we help them.

Aug 17 - 21: What's that Bzzzzzz   

Did you know that we have tigers in the Rouge? No, not those tigers ... we’re talking about terrestrial insects. Come learn about our local tigers as well as thousands of others. Help us catch and identify moths and look for fabulous butterflies. You will be an entomologist in no time.

Aug 24 - 28: ID please... 

How many plants, animals, birds, fish and trees can you identify? Register for this week and you’ll learn the tips and tricks you need to know to identify that bird in the shrub, the fish in your net, that plant that gave you a rash or that animal out in the trash. Learn about our wildlife and become a real nature explorer.

In-person session FAQ

What measures are you taking to ensure COVID safety during in-person sessions?

We are following guidelines set out by Toronto Public Health and the Province of Ontario for Day Camps and will be screening staff for health. Any staff that are unwell will be sent home. Staff have been given re-useable masks and face shields to use for in-person sessions. Participants will be screened before each program and are asked to bring a mask to wear if physical distancing is a challenge outdoors or if coming indoors. All in-person sessions will be held outdoors with a maximum of 8 participants (from the same family or social circle) and one counsellor. All materials and equipment will be sanitized before and after each use. A washroom will be available for participant use only and will be sanitized after each group. An adult must accompany young children to ensure proper hand hygiene. All participants entering our facility must wear a mask and wash their hands first when entering the building.

When should I stay home?

To ensure the health and well-being of other participants and staff, if you or your child/children have any of the following symptoms we ask that you stay home:

- fever

- cough

- difficulty breathing

- sore throat or trouble swallowing

- runny nose or red eyes

- loss of taste or smell

- not feeling well, tired, sore muscles

- nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

- if you have been in close contact with someone who is sick or is confirmed to be COVID-19 positive in the past 14 days

- if you or someone in your household has returned from travel outside Canada in the past 14 days

What will we do during the in-person sessions?

One trained counsellor will take your family (maximum of 1 adult and up to 3 children) on an interactive hike through the Rouge and show you species and habitats up close. You’ll explore the weekly theme, participate in hands-on activities like scavenger hunts, identification and collection techniques and other exploration activities.

Please make sure that you and your child wear light coloured long pants, long socks, running shoes or hiking boots and a hat for our hikes and bring insect repellant as there is the possibility of ticks in the Rouge (see below for information about Ticks in the Rouge). Long sleeves are recommended but with the heat we know that it is hard to do this. You should also bring water for each person and a light snack. If you have any medications like asthma inhalers, epi pens, etc. please bring those with you as well.

Additional equipment like nets and binoculars can be brought as well. We will let you know in advance if you will need to bring these items. We do have a limited supply of equipment that can be borrowed as well. All equipment will be sanitized before and after each use.

Why do I have to accompany my children for in-person sessions?

We ask that one adult (parent, grandparent, caregiver) accompanies children for the in-person session so that they can assist them with equipment, provide care and encouragement and so that our counsellors can maintain physical distancing from your family so that they are able to provide programs for other families as well.

Can we come for our in-person session with another family?

Yes you may come with another registered family. You can book your in-person session with another family if they are in your social circle. Each family must have 1 adult and up to 3 children for a maximum of 8 people per in-person session plus one counsellor. Participants are asked to still maintain physical distancing guidelines of 2 meters.

Do I need to wear a mask for the in-person session?

All participants over the age of 2 must wear a mask when physical distancing of 2 meters is a challenge or when indoors. Please bring a reusable or non-medical mask for each person just in case. Our counsellors will be wearing masks and/or face shields when physical distancing is a challenge outdoors and when indoors with participants.

Ticks in the Rouge

Ticks have been in the Rouge for some time and they are actually everywhere, not just here (e.g. other Parks, Playgrounds and Backyards). Ticks are just a new reality of outdoor space in Ontario. Ticks do not fly or jump. They tend to "hang" on long grasses waiting to attach on to a passing animal or human. Some ticks can be found in leaf litter as well. Ticks are more likely to be found off trail where deer, mice and other animals roam as they are the main modes of transportation for the ticks. There is nothing we can do about the ticks in the park. All you can do is protect yourself:

  1. Do not walk off trail, stay in the centre of the trail

  2. Keep dogs on leash and on the trail

  3. Wear light coloured clothes consisting of long pants, long socks and long sleeves

  4. Wear running shoes or boots (no sandals, crocs or shoes with holes), a hat and bug spray with DEET

  5. When you are finished your hike, check your clothes, shoes, face, etc. for ticks before you head home

  6. When you get home, put all your clothes in the wash and wash in warm water or put clothes in the dryer on high heat (check clothing labels before doing this)

  7. Check your body for ticks and take a warm shower including washing your hair

If you do find a tick, remove it or go to the doctor to remove it. Make sure that you read up on how to properly remove a tick if you do it yourself. Keep the tick in a bottle and send it in to Toronto Health to have it checked for lyme disease. Ticks can take up to 24 or 36 hours to "bite" so it is important to shower and wash your clothes as well as do a tick check when you get home.

Summer Camp Tick Precautions

We require kids to wear long pants, long socks and running shoes or boots along with bug spray with DEET and a hat. Please make sure that shoes do not have any holes or openings. We never go off trail and we always check the children's clothes and exposed skin for ticks when we come back from our hikes. It is best to educate your children about ticks and proper hiking etiquette so that they are informed and not scared and so they know what to expect and how to behave on our hikes. We will review hike rules and go over what a tick is and precautions to take with the children in detail at the beginning of the hikes. We don't want people to be afraid of being outside. As long as you take the necessary precautions you can still enjoy the outdoors.

If you want more official information about ticks you can check out the City of Toronto's website here: