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Landscape Drawing in the High Park Savannah
Join artist Alan Li on June 17 for an afternoon of drawing in High Park's rare Black Oak Savannah! Early bird pricing ends May 27!
Summer Adult Workshops
Learn about plants and insects this summer with Richard Aaron and David D'Entremont!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks on 6 spring Saturdays, 1:30 - 3 PM. The next walk is on June 9.


Upcoming Events

Jun
9
By donation
1:30 PM
See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-16 year olds of the High Park's Eagles Youth have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in High Park.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Jun
17
$45 Early Bird
2:00 PM
Enjoy a nature-filled afternoon in High Park drawing the stunning Black Oak Savannah. Participants will learn the fundamentals of landscape composition and classic drawing techniques using dry media, while finding inspiration in the natural surroundings. Each student will receive individual attention from art instructor Alan Li. Beginners are welcome! The hike is moderate in difficulty.  Materials extra - please bring the following:  HB & 2B artist quality graphite pencils (eg. Faber-Castell, Staedtler)Gray putty eraser and pencil sharpener9 x 12 inch drawing pad or sketchbook with relatively smooth paper that’s heavy (110 lb)Folding chair or stool, sun hat, water, and nut-free snacksOptional: Charcoal or Conte CrayonsInclement Weather Date:  At the discretion of the workshop leader, the outdoor portion of this workshop may need to be rescheduled due to severe weather such as a snowstorm, freezing rain, extreme cold alert or high winds.  In this situation, the Nature Centre will email participants at least one and half hours prior to the program start time.  The rescheduled Inclement Weather date for the Landscape Drawing workshop is: June 24th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM. Cost: $45 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance - May 27)$50 Regular$39 Seniors (age 60+)For more information about this workshop and our policies, please click here.

Jun
23
By donation
1:30 PM
Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Jul
4
By donation
1:30 PM
Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.



Jul
11
By donation
1:30 PM
Join us for a tour of the tremendous trees in High Park! Get to know majestic Black Oaks, towering White Pines, beautiful Paper Birches and many more. We’ll also talk about how animals, including humans, benefit from trees in a variety of ways, as well as some of the latest research on how trees communicate with each other.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Jul
11
By donation
7:00 PM
Join us for the first talk of our Wild Bee Buzz Talks Summer Speaker Series here at the High Park Nature Centre!Dr. Colla will discuss the ecology and current conservation status of our native bee species. She will also discuss threats to our wild pollinators and give examples of ways individuals can help reverse declines.  Speaker Bio: Dr. Sheila R. Colla is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (Toronto, ON). She was among the first to quantify native bee declines in North America, which has since become an environmental issue of significant importance in the science community, public, landowners and for policymakers. Her research focuses on the differential vulnerabilities of native insect species and informs conservation management of at-risk species. Her papers range from being local to global in scale and are often highly collaborative. In addition to ecological work understanding habitat use, she runs a large citizen science program (BumbleBeeWatch.org) with various academic and NGO partners. Her graduate students are also interested in the human dimension of pollinator conservation such as examining evidence-based policy creation and public understanding of scientific issues. She is a co-author of "The Bumblebees of North American: An Identification Guide" (Princeton University Press, 2014) and is the North American coordinator for the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bumblebee Specialist Group. This event is drop-in and suited to an adult and youth ages 8+ audience. Suggested donation is $5. 

Jul
12
$40 early bird
6:00 PM
While interacting with the plant world is typically a safe pastime, in this workshop you will be introduced to a select group of High Park plants that can cause harm to humans. The first two hours will be spent outdoors getting acquainted with these potentially harmful species, with the final hour devoted to an enlightening slideshow presentation discussing other plants in the GTA to avoid. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years.  In this workshop, you will: - be shown plants in High Park to avoid- find out what sort of risk each of these plants poses- become enlightened about other harmful plants found in the GTA- discuss various folk & modern remedies The outdoor component of this workshop will take place entirely on High Park trails that are considered moderate in length and terrain. Fee:  $40 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance) $45 Regular $33 Seniors (age 60+) For more information about this workshop and our policies, please visit our Adult Workshops page.

Jul
18
By donation
1:30 PM
Butterflies, grasshoppers and worms, oh my! High Park is a haven for so many creepy crawlies and fantastic fliers. Come explore the amazing world of bugs and learn facts such as what makes an insect different from a bug. You’ll discover some of the reasons why bugs are so incredible, how important they are to the ecosystem as well as have a chance to see some up close and personal.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.
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