Rouge Valley Conservation Centre


Summer Day Camp Information

The Rouge Valley Conservation Centre is excited to offer children ages 5-12 the opportunity to join our Summer Day Camp program from July 3 - August 24, 2018. Children will have an exciting and fun filled day exploring nature and learning about our weekly themes with our trained staff. With our guaranteed 7:1 but often 5:1 student to educator ratio, the children will have a summer experience that they won’t soon forget.


Camp is offered on a weekly registration basis from July 3 - August 24, 2018. See below for weekly themes.


Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Extended care is offered from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
and 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. for an additional $40/child/week.

Registration fees:

Cost per child is $275/week.
Register before April 22, 2017 and pay $250/child/week.
Additional discounts are available when registering for
multiple weeks or when registering a sibling. Please email for
more information.


5 - 12 years old

To register your child please download the registration form below and mail it, along with your deposit cheque, to the address on the form. Alternatively you may call us at 416-282-8265 
or email us at for more information.
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Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

2018 Summer Day Camp

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

Weekly Themes (to be confirmed, please check back)

Week 1: July 3- July 6 (short week): Mammals week (19 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
Mammals play an important role in the world, and are our closest relatives from the animal world. What makes us a mammal, and what different kinds lurk in the trees, fields and wetlands of the Rouge Valley. Oh and don’t forget those that fly above you.

Week 2: July 9 - July 13: Discover Reptiles and Amphibians Week (16 spots left as of May 10, 2018)

Learn about what makes an awesome reptile or amphibian and which ones might be found in your backyard. Also learn about what puts our reptiles and amphibians at risk of harm and how you can help. As well, we will learn about some of the other reptiles from around the world and how reptiles are important in our own lives.

Week 3: July 16 - July 20: It’s not Easy Being Green (9 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
Plants don’t have an easy life, as most are stuck in place all of their life. Learn about how they live, grow, defend themselves and even communicate. See who they rely on to help them survive the trials and tribulations over the course of a year and help us grow some plants here at the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre.

Week 4: July 23 - July 27: What’s bugging you? (11 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
When life got going on the planet there was an inordinate fondness for insects, as they make up 55% of all life in Canada. Of course there are many more bugs in the world than insects, there is also your little brother or sister. We will explore the world of bugs together including flies, beetles, butterflies, moths, bees and ants!

Week 5: July 30 - August 3: Diversity Week 1 (20 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
Perhaps you can’t decide which part of nature you like best. There are so many things to learn. This week we'll take a look at what makes amphibians awesome, birds bewildering, green energy illuminating, plants positive and mammals marvellous.

Week 6: August 7 - 10 (short week): Be an Eco Hero (20 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
Learn about stewardship, monitoring and research and how you can help our local species survive, grow and thrive. Investigate our local habitats, find endangered species, learn how best to protect them and what you can do for them.

Week 7: August 13 - August 17: Predator Week (20 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
Nature can be a dangerous place for many plants and animals throughout the year. Predators can be found everywhere, on the land, in the water and in the air. But there are also some that you can barely see…

Week 8: August 20 - August 24: Diversity Week 2 (14 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
Nature is complex and made up of many working parts. This week we focus on reptiles, endangered species, our many fish and insects as well as the predators that eat them. Also learn about how you can use some of them to survive the elements.

Week 9: August 27 - 31 (20 spots left as of May 10, 2018)
NEW! Youth Program - Be a Biologist Day Camp (ages 11 - 15)

What does a biologist do? How do they study the different species found in the Rouge? Get an in-depth look at the life of a biologist and learn about the skills and techniques they use in the field.

NOTE: If we do not have enough registrations for the youth program, we will run a regular summer day camp program
for ages 5 -12. To be put on the waiting list for the regular summer day camp week, please email

How to Register

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

2018 RVCC Summer Day Camp Registration.pdf

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

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What will your child do at camp?

Our program focuses on the local environment, providing your child with information about the species that live in their own community and the natural processes that they are connected to. Each day your child will learn about an aspect of the weekly theme, go for a hike, and do theme related crafts, games and activities. In addition, your child will participate in traditional camp games and sports.

Please make sure that your child wears light coloured long pants, long socks, running shoes or hiking boots and a hat each morning for our hikes and bring insect repellant as there is the possibility of ticks in the Rouge. Children can bring clothing (shorts and a t-shirt) to change into for the afternoon while at the Centre.

What to bring:

  1. -Each child must bring his/her own lunch, 2 -3 snacks and drinks (please note, we are a nut-free facility)

  2. -Re-fillable water bottle

  3. -Any medications and detailed instructions on administering them

  4. -Running shoes, hiking boots or rain boots when needed (NO open toed shoes or Crocs)

  5. -Sunscreen and insect repellant

  6. -Hat, sunglasses and light jacket

  7. -Extra set of clothes and socks

Please leave the following at home:

  1. -Cell phones

  2. -Personal video game systems

  3. -Toys and collector cards (e.g. Pokeman cards)

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 lime 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 each week as well as have daily reminders before and during 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: