Toronto - Evergreen Brick Works - Outdoor Learning and Play 2020 - Join our Outdoor Learning and Play programs! - Fall 2019

Evergreen’s Outdoor Learning and Play programs connect children, youth and educators to nature through immersive, creative, and urban exploration activities. Volunteers can support curriculum-based programs with schools and clubs, professional development for educators, drop-in nature play in our Children’s Garden and more!

Volunteers in these programs are fundamental to offering dynamic, impactful experiences for children and their families, youth and educators. These programs predominantly take place outside in the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works, with exploration into the nearby environment and ravine systems. Our programs for children, youth and educators are educational, experiential and fun! Through nature games, active exploration, crafts, and loose-parts play, you’ll be nurturing young City Builders and future Earth stewards. 

As a volunteer with Outdoor Learning and Play programs you can focus on one role, or support several at the same time.  Here are some of the different roles you can help support this season:


REGULAR WEEKDAYS (Orientation date: Tuesday September 17th, from 6-8:30pm )

OTAs for the Visiting Schools Program help deliver and support curriculum-based education programs with groups of students from kindergarten to grade 6, as they visit Evergreen Brick Works. This is a great program for individuals looking to develop experience in outdoor education and grow your teaching skills.

Commitment: 2-3 weekday shifts (Monday - Friday) per month, from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, across the season.


This six-week immersive nature program is designed for children ages 5-12. This is a great program for volunteers looking to give back to children, and build special bonds with our students.

Commitment: Each Wednesday from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM for the 6 week session (September 11-October 16, 2019; October 30, December 4, 2019)).




Welcome children, families and all visitors to the Children’s Garden during Weekend Nature Play. Work alongside animator staff and pitch in to support hands-on nature activities as needed. 

Commitment: Three half-day shifts per month (Saturdays or Sundays) 9:30 – noon/noon – 3:00, until early January. 


Work with staff to provide nature-based programming and additional supervision during the weekly Nature Nut Club for children aged 5-12 on Saturdays.

Commitment:  Saturday mornings (9:30 AM- 12:30 PM) or afternoons (1:30 PM- 4:30 PM) for the full 8-week session (September 21 to November 16).


For professional activity (PA) days during the school year Evergreen offers PA Day Camp for kids. Assistant Camp Counsellors work with staff to help supervise campers, facilitate outdoor games/ activities, and lead adventures into the surrounding environment. Campers are ages 6–12 will explore the greener side of Toronto.

Commitment: 1 PA Day (Fridays) throughout the season from either 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM or 9:30 AM- 5:30 PM


What you bring: 

  • You love working with people, especially kids/youth, are a committed team player with a can-do attitude.
  • You’re creative, enthusiastic and adaptable.
  • You are interested in place-based, hands-on learning and contributing to the ongoing development of programs and your own learning.
  • You love fun, social, outdoor settings (all weather) and want to share the joys of nature and gardening with children and families.
  • You are aged 15 years or older.


Assets (but not required) could include experience in: urban agriculture, fire tending, outdoor cooking, first aid training, naturalist, foraging, environmental education, ecology, natural history, physical geography, music and more.


When & where: See details above for scheduling and commitment details. Outdoor Play and Learning programs are based at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave) with exploration into the surrounding environment and ravine system.


How we’ll support you: Please join us for an orientation on Tuesday September 17th from 6-8:30pm  at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue). At this orientation we will dive deeper into each of these roles, go through interactive exercises, and prepare you to get started! You’ll receive support from staff during programs, and build your confidence and familiarity with each program as you "shadow" on your first few shifts. Staff will provide ongoing support and we’ll have regular opportunities for feedback and dialogue. We’ll provide regular communications to you, with occasionally special learning opportunities with other volunteers and staff.


Perks: Volunteers in these programs can take pride in knowing that you’ll be inspiring children and youth of all ages to discover with and care for the natural world around them, while building your own knowledge and skills. Be part of an expanding and exciting experiential fun and learning program as a valued member of the team. You’ll build your nature-based program and teaching skills and get lots of time outside and active in a beautiful setting. Volunteers completing 20 hours will receive a t-shirt, special discounts to the Evergreen Garden Market and access to volunteer social events. References available on request.


Good to know: Programs happens rain, sun or snow, so you’ll need to come dressed or the weather, with closed-toed shoes. Outdoor Learning and Play volunteers are required to complete Vulnerable Sector Checks (except Sprouts) and may need to provide references. Free shuttle bus transportation from Broadview Station is available or take the TTC 28 Bayview bus.  Paid parking and bicycle parking available.


If this sounds like you: Click on the "Fill in an application" button on the right hand side of the page! Please make sure to let us know why you are interested in joining this team, and any relevant experience you may have. Once you have completed your profile, please click on the "opportunities" tab and scroll down to "Toronto- Evergreen Brick Works- Children- General" and click on "Join the Outdoor Play and Learning team!" Click the “+ sign up” button at the bottom of this page to join us for an orientation!


Already have a profile? Log in to your volunteer profile and click on the "opportunities" tab. Scroll down to "Toronto- Evergreen Brick Works- Outdoor Learning and Play" and sign up to join us for an orientation!

Qualifications Required

  • Are you in either of these age ranges? Some volunteer roles are restricted based on age. Must be at least 15 or older with parental/guardian approval
  • English language skills Must be at least Intermediate
  • In which region would you like to volunteer? Must be Greater Toronto Area