EQUINOX PUBLIC OUTDOOR KINDERGARTEN

YOU CAN HELP US TRANSFORM EDUCATION & BUILD A NEW MODEL CLASSROOM FOR THE WORLD TO SEE!
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Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten
Environment
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
9 Team Members

We did it! Thank you so much to all the incredible friends, families and strangers who helped us on the way! We are seriously in awe and in honour of your generosity of spirit. Together we are transforming how children learn! Watch for updates, progress and pictures at OutdoorKindergarten.ca! 

Click the gallery tab above to watch all our media interviews, and see pics of senior kindergarten graduation!

We're Canada's first public outdoor kindergarten program, where children play and learn outside, regardless of the weather. In four years, we've established an incredible inquiry education-based program, founded on the work of our phenomenal teachers and our firm belief in the merits of outdoor education. In fact, we're a demonstration classroom where teachers come to from all over the world to learn. But if you've watched our video, you know that our classroom is mostly concrete! Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten needs a naturalized outdoor space–especially as we kick off full-day kindergarten this year.

Our history

Equinox is proud to be Canada's first public outdoor kindergarten and a Toronto District School Board (TDSB*) school. Each year, dozens of teachers from around the region and the world visit to learn more about our pioneering program. Like others who have come to observe this demonstration classroom, they discover an amazing program that reflects a growing body of research proving what many of us intuitively know–children benefit tremendously from learning and playing outdoors.

Our future

Equinox's outdoor kindergarten classroom will be transformed into a magical discovery area, complete with woodland gardens, a water garden, sandbox, miniature streams, stepping stones and a variety of trees.

Updated Landscape

  • Our first step is removing the concrete and setting the foundation. About $13,000 will be allocated to general site preparation, permits and drainage. 
  • Next we'll be adding the new natural surface, shade coverage and awning. That has been quoted at an estimated $9,000.
  • With the remaining $3,000, we'll start on the installation of native plants, trees and garden features. (Check out our perks for some of the awesome elements you can sponsor!)

If we're fortunate enough to exceed our initial goal, we'll use the additional funds to create a living willow structure and mixed material basket centre, and install a water play area. Building a naturalized educational environment is our way of leaving a green legacy for all of the students to come, and our way to serve as a model for urban schools around the world.

Together we can change the face of education, so that every child can play, learn and grow with nature. And it all starts with you.

Please make a donation–big or small–today.
 

NEW PERK!

Outdoor Kindergarten

Plan for the happiest kid come September with the coolest lunch box on the schoolyard! We love that they're PVC, phthalate and BPA-free with a removable leak-proof insulated lining; little ones will love the big-kid messenger and backpack straps. Hurry! You can choose any colour, but quantities are limited!Outdoor Kindergarten Pajamas

HOW CUTE WOULD YOUR LITTLE ONE LOOK IN THESE?

Donate now to claim a pair of the world's best PJs, made right here in Canada by OM home. And of course you'll receive an exclusive video from the kids thanking you for your help building the new classroom. Hurry! Quantities are limited for this exclusive perk.

All perks will be fulfilled following the close of the campaign. Contributors who make a $100 or $500 donation will then be contacted to submit the name they would like to be engraved.

*Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten Committee does not reflect the views or opinions of the TDSB. If you have more questions, feedback, or other suggestions of how you can help, we'd love to hear from you.

We thank all of our generous supporters for their time and contributions.

FAQ

Does Equinox Outdoor Public Kindergarten follows the Ontario curriculum?

Yes, the Outdoor Kindergarten is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and follows all curriculum requirements, including those for early literacy and math. The inquiry-based educational model followed focuses on natural curiousity and nature as the springboard for all learning, and the importance of oral narrative and storytelling tradition. 

Do the children really go outside all winter?

Yes! Unless it's a severe weather condition, the children are outside. The key is to dress appropriately and keep moving. Of course, on the coldest days it's difficult for little hands to eat, and we come inside for snack time, rest, and other activities. The teachers respond to the needs of the children, and the transition to full-day in the fall will accomodate and indoor, early afternoon rest period. 

 


 

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  • $10CAD
    THE CUTEST THANK YOU!

    You'll receive an exclusive video from the Equinox children thanking you for your donation! Watch them sing you the heartfelt song that closes each day of the outdoor kindergarten.

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  • $25CAD
    A GREEN CLASSROOM AND KITCHEN!

    Because your $25 donation will fund native perennial plants and bushes in our new garden, we've written a recipe e-book to help you cook up the plants in your garden! You'll receive our video thank you and song, plus the exclusive e-book featuring recipes for Dandelion Cookies, Mint Tea, and more tried-and-tested favourites from the Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten class.

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  • $50CAD
    A TREE FOR US, A TREE FOR YOU!

    Your $50 donation will help fund a fruit tree or other sapling in our enchanted forest! You'll receive a beautiful, limited-edition nature print by artist Heather Wong, an Equinox Outdoor Kindergarten parent, as well as our video thank you and song.

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  • $75CAD
    PAJAMA DAY!

    Play all day and all night in the cutest pair of colourful kids' PJs from OM home's popular, gender-inclusive, Canadian-made collection. Plus, you'll also receive an exclusive video from the Equinox children thanking you for your donation! LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

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  • $100CAD
    STAY IN KINDERGARTEN FOREVER!

    With a classroom like this, you’ll want to stay forever! With your $100 donation, we will be able to fund the heavy construction required to smash up that concrete once and for all. For you, we'll engrave a first name of your choice on a climbing boulder or a brick in the pathways of the new perennial garden - the legacy of your donation will live on for generations. And of course you’ll get our thank you video and song. (Fulfilled upon installation)

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  • $135CAD
    LUNCH BY THE WATER ROCK!

    Your donation will be used to create a dynamic waterplay feature in the kindergarten, a favourite place to play and learn! In appreciation, your little one can start school in style this fall with the cutest lunchbox from Canadian company SoYoung! They're PVC, phthalate and BPA-free with a removable, leak-proof insulated lining, and messenger or backpack straps. PLUS get the first name of your choice engraved on a climbing boulder or brick in the new garden pathway! LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

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    $145CAD
    PJs ROCK!

    To thank you for your donation toward tearing up the concrete, and for funding a tree in the woodland garden, claim you pair of colourful, made in Canada kids' PJs from OM home AND have the first name of your choice engraved on a climbing boulder or brick in the new garden pathway! Plus, you'll also receive an exclusive video from the Equinox children thanking you for your donation! LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE

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  • $250CAD
    PUT THE GARDEN IN KINDERGARTEN

    Your $250 donation will fund the creation of new garden beds, planters, and a hanging garden. For this generosity, you'll receive an 8x10 print by renowned New Surrealist artist Tara Krebs.

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  • $395CAD
    SPARKLE AND SHINE

    Your generous donation supports the installation of the big climbing boulders and a footbridge over the rock riverbed. In our appreciation, we'll gift you with a stunning pair of fair-mined, fair trade, diamond stud earrings (10-pt carat), made with recycled nickel-free palladium white gold thanks to our friends at the Fair Trade Jewelry Company.

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    $500CAD
    A RIVER FLOWS THROUGH IT!

    Your generous donation will fund the landscape of our classroom, including our new rock river bed which will flow through our classroom space and give the children endless opportunities to explore! You will receive our thank you video and song, and we will honour your contribution with a name or a brief message engraved on a rock or plaque at the base of a major landscape feature or tree. These are limited so hurry up for these special spots! (Fulfilled upon installation)

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  • $1,000CAD
    MASTER GARDENER!

    To thank you for giving so freely to our children, we'd like to give you everything we have: an engraved rock or plaque on a major landscape feature (again, these are limited, so act quickly for one!), prints by both artists, the recipe e-book, and the precious thank you video from our kindergarten students! (Fulfilled upon installation)

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  • $5,000CAD
    BUILDING YOUR LEGACY

    To thank you for your gift, we will contact you for an individualized consultation to discuss personalization options. You will also receive an exclusive invitation to the opening celebration of the completed outdoor space. Please email us with other special requests.

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