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 2 - August 30, 2019. 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 2 - August 23, 2019. 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, 2019 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

2019 Summer Day Camp

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

Weekly Themes

Week 1: July 2- July 5 (short week): The Four Storeys of the Forest

From the chirping of the Tanager in the tree tops to the scurrying of the insects on the forest floor, learn all about what makes a forest sing.

Week 2: July 8 - July 12: Something Fishy

Captain Nemo has nothing on these critters. Some live their lives totally beneath the surface while others stalk the waters from above. Come and discover who is who.

Week 3: July 15 - July 19: Cold Blooded
Even our cold blooded friends deserve some love. Get to know our
local amphibians and reptiles.

Week 4: July 22 - July 26: Diversity Week 1
Forests, fish, frogs and more. We’ll discover topics from the first three weeks of camp.

Week 5: July 29 - August 2: Predators Week
There is no escape from these prying eyes, claws, canines or talons.

Week 6: August 6 - 9 (short week): The Great Outdoors

Surviving the elements can involve more than starting a fire with pocket lint, knowing the constellations and weather can help you get home too ... thank your stars.

Week 7: August 12 - August 16: Be a Jr. Biologist

Losing your keys in the field as a biologist can be the worst, but hopefully you can identify the flora and fauna around you using the other skills you pick up over the course of the week.

Week 8: August 19 - August 23: Diversity Week 2
Knowing how to find your way in the outdoors comes in real handy when studying predators big and small. This week we’ll discover topics from weeks 5, 6 and 7.

Week 9: August 26 - 30
NEW! Youth Program - Be a Biologist Day Camp (ages 10 - 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.

2019 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:

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