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March Break Camp

Join us for March Break Camp!

Spend your March Break with us! RBG offers camp experiences for campers aged 5-13. From exploring our trails and forests to following animal tracks and see where they go, your child will have fun exploring nature with us. Come for a day or spend the week with us exploring and enjoying the natural world.

March 11 to 15, 2024

  • March Break Camp program runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Drop off from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Pick up from 4 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Extended Care is available each day for additional fee beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.

Registering for March Break Camp

IMPORTANT: this year RBG is using a new registration system, including an online waiting room. Registration links will re-direct to a Queue-It virtual waiting room, and once the pre-sale begins, will slowly allow users into the site.

  • RBG Member Pre-Sale: Wednesday January 10, 11 a.m.
  • Public Sale: Friday January 12, 11 a.m.
Registration Type Price
Single Day $60
Full Week $300
Extended Care $10/day/child

Our discovery camps are incredibly popular and registration can feel competitive. To help manage site activity and make registration as fair as possible, RBG will be implementing an online waiting room system.

The waiting room will be in place 1 hour prior to the sale start time. When the sale begins, you will be placed in an online queue, with a limited number of registrants let into the site at a time.

No need to enter the waiting room significantly before the sale start time; anyone who joins prior to the sale time has an equal chance for order placement in the queue. Those who join after the sale start time will be placed at the end of the queue.

Did get into the camp you were looking for? Join the wait list at the link below.

To access the member presale, simply log in to your RBG online account using the email address associated with your membership. Once your account is set up, visit the registration page during the pre-sale time and camp registration will be available! That’s it! No pre-sale code required.

Do NOT make a new account; any new account created will not have access to your member benefits, and will not permit you access to the pre-sale.

Never logged in to your member account before?

How To Activate Your Account (do this prior to the sale date to avoid disappointment)

  1. Visit
  2. Enter your email address and “submit” (NOTE: RBG members must use the email associated with their current membership)
  3. Check your email for a link to reset your password
  4. Log in with your new credentials and check your account information. Ensure your updated membership is showing.
  5. Optional but recommended: test your member benefits by checking tickets for the Nature’s Superheroes Exhibit; if you see free member tickets, this account will have access to the pre-sale.

Once your member account is set up, visit the registration page and your tickets will be available!

If you do not receive a password reset email within 10 minutes, or if you log into and your membership is not showing in your account information, it is possible that email address is not the primary contact on your RBG Membership. Get in touch with the memberships team for more information.

Not a Member Yet?

Purchase a membership online, then simply log out and back in to gain access to member benefits including pre-sales!

Creating a new account is easy!

  1. Visit
  2. Click ‘Register’.
  3. Input your user information, customize your email preferences
  4. Once you click ‘Create Account’ you’re all set! You will be redirected to a page where you can purchase tickets for March Break Camp, winter exhibit, select special events, and more!
  • Child Playing in Snow
  • Snow Covered Bench On Boardwalk
  • two young children dressed in winter snow attire sitting on a snow pile
  • Rock Cotoneaster Red Berries In Snow
  • Happy Kids in Winter snow

March Break Camp Age and Locations

Camp takes place at two locations, approximately 3.5km from each other

It is important that you know which location you register for, camp fills up quickly and changes to registrations are not always possible.

Is there a programming difference between the two locations?

There is no difference between the camp groups at the NIC and RBG Centre for March Break Camp. The activities and programs planned will be the same, both locations will include hiking, games, stories, songs and lots of camp fun.

Both locations plan their programs and activities on developmentally relevant content, so that each camp group is participating in activities designed for their specific age group. The capacity of each group (based on age of camper) will be the same at both locations.

Nature Interpretive Centre  RBG Centre 
  • 5-6 years old
  • 6-7 years old
  • 8-9 years old
  • 10-13 years old
  • 5-6 years old
  • 6-7 years old

March Break Camp programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Please register campers into their age-appropriate group.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Guide for Parents and Caregivers

How Do I Register?

Programs are developed to meet the age and stage appropriateness of campers within the listed age range. Please register your child in the appropriate camp for their age.

Online Registration: Advanced registration is required. The best way to register is to do so online. When available, registration links will be posted here at You can find the links above, underneath the specific camp you are interested in (March Break, Summer, etc.)

Reminders Before Registering:

  • The fastest and easiest way to register is to do so online at
  • Full payment MUST accompany registration
  • Incomplete registration forms ARE NOT PROCESSED – please ensure all fields are filled out accurately

When is the final date for registration?

Registration will close 2 business days before each camp, at 12 p.m. Registration for certain age groups does fill quickly, so its recommended to sign up as soon as you’re able.

What is the Policy for Cancellation and Refunds?

Royal Botanical Gardens reserves the right to cancel any camp program if the minimum number of participants is not reached. If RBG cancels a camp, registrants are fully refunded. Refunds are not issued for inclement weather.

5 business days prior to the registered camp program is the cut-off date for camp refund requests by purchasers. Camp registration change or modification requests must be submitted in writing to and will be put in sequence to be processed.

All changes to camp registration are subject to a non-refundable administration fee:

  • More than 10 business days before the start of the registered camp program: Full refund less 10% of the registration fee.
  • Within 10 business days before the start of the registered camp program: Full refund less 25% of the registration fee.

What Does a Day of Camp Look Like?

Introductions, expectations, and icebreakers. Camp leaders will give your camper’s group some expectations for the week and let them know what they can look forward to during their week at camp. Campers will play games and participate in activities that will give them a chance to know each other and their camp leaders!  

Discovery. At RBG, the foundation of our programs is inquiry-based and experiential learning. We want campers to ask questions and follow their curiosity. This part of your camper’s day inspires curiosity, discovery, and connection in a natural setting. 

Games. Whether active or cool-downs, reflective or silly, the aim of our camp games is to have fun together. Campers will be able to engage in activities and games that foster a sense of community within their group and connection to the natural world.   

Snack and lunch breaks. Campers will practice proper handwashing before and after meal breaks and will practice physical distancing while eating.  

Hike and nature exploration. Campers will spend time exploring RBG’s trails and gardens, learn about the animals and plants that make their homes here, and take advantage of all that nature has to offer. 

Creative adventures and/or skills sharing. We take time each day to foster your camper’s creativity. Whether it’s learning a skill or diving into their artistic side, your camper will come home from their week of camp having learned something new.  

Goodbyes. The group will wrap up their day with their counsellor, reflecting on the fun experiences they’ve had that day and looking forward to the next!   

What Should My Camper Bring to Camp?

Campers need the following items to be prepared for all activities:

  • To ensure a healthier environment please pack a litterless, nut-free lunch and two snacks from home. Extra drinks or water bottles are encouraged.
  • The Nature Centre is a nut-aware facility. Please ensure that lunches and snacks are free of nuts, nut products and traces of nuts. Snacks that “may contain traces of nuts or nut products” are not permitted. Food that does not comply with our policy will be replaced with a healthy alternative.
  • We are outside in all sorts of weather— please send your child with weather-appropriate clothing including hats, sunscreen, and a refillable water bottle.
  • Please pack a pair of indoor shoes and an extra change of clothing.
  • Camp is a time to make friends, learn, and explore all of the wonders of our natural world. To facilitate this, please make sure electronic toys, music devices, video games, trading cards and toys in general stay at home.
  • Please ensure that everything brought to camp is labeled with your child’s name.
  • RBG is not responsible for any items your child loses at camp. Please label all of your child’s belongings with their first and last name and leave all valuables at home. Campers are asked not to bring items of any significant value. RBG does not provide refunds for damaged or lost belongings. Please do not bring electronic devices to camp.

Are There any Restrictions / Guidelines for Food at Camp?

Every camper needs to bring a healthy and peanut / nut safe lunch and snack for morning and afternoon snack breaks, as well as a refillable water bottle to nourish them throughout the day. To help us model good environmental behaviour, please pack a litterless lunch.

Nut Safe Policy: To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our campers, please ensure that lunches and snacks are free of peanuts, nuts, nut products and traces of nuts. Food that does not comply with our policy will be kept in your camper’s lunch to enjoy at home. 

Who Are RBG Camp Leaders?

Camps are led by mature, experienced and passionate leaders who have a personal interest in ensuring that your child’s experience is one that will be cherished and remembered for many years. Our leaders are enthusiastic, carefully screened high school, college and university students or graduates. Many leaders and support staff have been with us for several years. These individuals provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which your child can learn, play and have fun. Camp leaders are assisted by supervisors, support staff, and junior staff, resulting in an average leader to camper ratio of 1:8. All of our staff members undergo intensive training that focuses on safety, healthy child development, environmental appreciation/education and program management. All leaders are certified in First Aid and canoeing. All staff members are screened using local police criminal record checks.

Do you know someone who would be interested in becoming a camp leader? Current opportunities are posted at

What Time Is Camp Available?

All full-day camp programs run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off begins at 8:30 a.m., pick up ends at 4:30 p.m.

Which Location is my Camper In?

March Break Camp programs are based at one of two locations:

Nature Centre in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas

RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington

Please refer to program descriptions above for all camp locations.

Safety and Wellness

Signing Campers In and Out

March Break camp programs are based at one of two locations. Please make sure you know at which location the camp you have registered for takes place.  

Nature Centre Camps are located in the Arboretum, 16A Old Guelph Road, Dundas. 

RBG Centre Camps take place at RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington. 

Camper pick up and drop off will be in the same location outdoors (weather dependent) each day. Only individuals authorized for camper pick up will be able to take their camper home. We check ID to verify authorized individuals for pick up.  

In order for anyone other than the person who dropped off and signed the camper into the program, to sign out and pick up a camper they must show photo identification and must be listed on the child’s registration as either:  

  1. a) a primary caregiver; 
  2. b) an individual authorized for pickup; 
  3. c) an individual listed as an emergency contact. 

The individual must be over the age of 18 years. Any changes to these names on your initial registration must be noted by an email sent to Emma Baker, Education Program Officer at with a parent/ guardian signature.

Does my camper need to wear a face mask at camp?

Campers are not required to wear a face mask at camp, but are welcome to wear a mask if they desire.  

Inclement Weather Policy

We are an outdoor based program and campers are expected to come to camp prepared for the weather of the day. Though each camp group has their own camp room and will spend some time inside, please ensure your camper comes with weather-appropriate clothing and extra layers to change out as needed. 

Behaviour Management Procedures

Royal Botanical Gardens’ Discovery Day Camps strive to create a positive and safe community through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences. Communication and coaching are used to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience. Behaviour that is seen to go against a positive atmosphere and is seen as unacceptable behaviour is dealt with swiftly and according to RBG’s behaviour management procedures. Campers who, given guidance and opportunities to correct their behaviour, fail to comply with these guidelines, are subject to progressive discipline up to and including having their privilege to participate in camp revoked. Refunds are not given for any camper who is sent home or removed from program for disciplinary reasons.

Rights and Responsibilities

of Parents

  • to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
  • to report any suspected incidences of physical or emotional violence

of Campers

  • to enjoy the benefits of a safe and inclusive environment
  • to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
  • to respect camp expectations as well as the physical and emotional safety of others
  • to report any acts of physical or emotional behaviour against themselves or another camper

of Leaders and Volunteers

  • to be role models in words and actions
  • to be observant of signs of distress or suspected negative incidents at camp
  • to report and record all incidences of physical or emotional violence
  • to handle all situations with compassion and objectivity

Contact and Questions

You’ll find answers to many general camp questions and programming in the Camps F.A.Q.

For questions that are not answered, please contact the camps team by email using the Camps Online Contact Form or give us a call at 905-527-1158.

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