Connect with nature through hands-on outdoor activities. Let’s get those little hands dirty!

Here’s what to expect: 

  • Each program is 90 minutes
  • For children between 18 months and three-and-a-half years
  • Caregivers are required to stay for the duration of the program
  • Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen and bug spray
  • Jr. Forest Explorers runs every Monday morning during the summer
  • Jr. Forest Explorers will be held twice per month during winter 2022

Upcoming programs

Due to staff shortages, the programs are currently only available in English.

Join us for Jr. Forest Explorers

Sign up for one of our upcoming programs! Please note that registration is required to attend. If you have any questions, please read through our FAQ. 

FAQ

Do I need to register? If the program is free, can’t I just drop-in?

Yes, you will need to register to attend Jr. Forest Explorers. 

My child is four years old but hasn’t started school yet. Can they attend?

Yes! Children up to age four are welcome if they haven’t started school yet.

One of my kids is in the specified age range but their siblings are not. Can they attend together?

We usually accommodate siblings. However, if you’re looking to bring a child outside of the specified age range, we ask that you please contact us at @email beforehand. Siblings must be five years of age or younger.

Can I bring my dog to this program?

Pets are not permitted at this program. Service animals, however, are always welcome.  

Is this program accessible? 

This program often takes place in the Urban Forest where there are unpaved dirt paths however, we try to accommodate program participants of all abilities. Please email us at @email for more information.

Is this program also offered in French? How can I sign up for a French session?

Our regularly scheduled Jr. Forest Explorers sessions (Monday mornings) are offered in English. However, we also run French sessions upon request. Please send us an email at @email to request a French session. In the email, kindly include the upcoming program that you’re interested in.

What happens if I cannot make it to the program I registered for?

If you have registered for a program and are no longer able to attend, please email us at @email to let us know as soon as possible. We often have long waitlists, so we appreciate the advance notice.

COVID-19

Downsview Park has and will continue to follow all public guidelines related to COVID-19. The health and safety of our staff and participants is our top priority. Please note that as guidelines change, we may need to adapt our programming. Any changes will be communicated as early as possible.