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Fall Adult Workshops
From autumn tree drawing to learning identification of plants and birds there is something for everyone!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks coming up this fall, every other Saturday at 1:30 - 3 PM. Click here for the full calendar of walks!


Upcoming Events

Sep
27
$50 Early Bird
6:30 PM
Learn all about High Park’s Birds of Prey from expert birder Emily Rondel! In this two-part adult nature workshop you will learn: the amazing adaptations all birds of prey share, how to identify High Park’s raptors by sight and sound, how to use a field guide and binoculars to their maximum potential, and where to look for birds of prey in Toronto’s biggest park. The workshop will include a birding hike, which will take participants to some raptor hot spots in High Park. This workshop is open for all levels of birders, including beginner. The birding hike will be moderate in difficulty. Workshop Fee $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance) | $60 Regular | $44 Seniors (age 60+) Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Sep
29
$50 Early Bird
8:00 AM
Learn all about High Park’s Birds of Prey from expert birder Emily Rondel! In this two-part adult nature workshop you will learn: the amazing adaptations all birds of prey share, how to identify High Park’s raptors by sight and sound, how to use a field guide and binoculars to their maximum potential, and where to look for birds of prey in Toronto’s biggest park. The workshop will include a birding hike, which will take participants to some raptor hot spots in High Park. This workshop is open for all levels of birders, including beginner. The birding hike will be moderate in difficulty. Workshop Fee $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance) | $60 Regular | $44 Seniors (age 60+) Rain Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018 Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Oct
6
By donation
1:30 PM
Let's use field guides and hand lenses to observe some of the coolest autumn mushrooms and other fungi in the forest. We will not be picking any mushrooms on this walk.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.

Oct
9
$60 pp
6:00 PM
Part 1: Tuesday, October 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Part 2: Thursday, October 11th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM This two-part workshop will offer participants an introduction to learning about their individual, familial, cultural, nation, and professional position from the lands, waters, and climate they live and work within. The two 3-hour workshop sessions will be grounded in the ancestral land relations of High Park and Humber River (Passage de Taron:to), and will begin with situating ourselves in the living relations of this place. We will engage some stories from the three Indigenous nations of Taron:to (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Wendat) and wampum treaties like the Two Row. There is an emphasis on participatory activities that asks participants to draw insights from the land/water/climate-based teachings, and to begin thinking about their ancestral origins, stories and practices in relation to what these places teach. These sessions are centred on different ways of relating with the land/water we live within.   Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.



Oct
11
$60 pp
6:00 PM
Part 1: Tuesday, October 9th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM Part 2: Thursday, October 11th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM This two-part workshop will offer participants an introduction to learning about their individual, familial, cultural, nation, and professional position from the lands, waters, and climate they live and work within. The two 3-hour workshop sessions will be grounded in the ancestral land relations of High Park and Humber River (Passage de Taron:to), and will begin with situating ourselves in the living relations of this place. We will engage some stories from the three Indigenous nations of Taron:to (Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Wendat) and wampum treaties like the Two Row. There is an emphasis on participatory activities that asks participants to draw insights from the land/water/climate-based teachings, and to begin thinking about their ancestral origins, stories and practices in relation to what these places teach. These sessions are centred on different ways of relating with the land/water we live within.   Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Oct
13
$50 early bird
2:00 PM
Spring and early summer are probably best known as the peak season for wildflowers, however many don’t realize how much the fall has to offer too! Join ecologist Dan Stuart for a whirlwind wildflower tour to explore High Park’s forests, wetlands, and oak savannah ecosystems and their late-season bloomers. This workshop will focus on plant identification techniques and ecosystem dynamics, with an emphasis on native fall wildflower groups such as Asters and Goldenrods. Participants will leave with the following: An understanding of foundational plant identification methods, including familiarity with the use of a dichotomous key.Knowledge of plant anatomy, with a focus on specialized structures specific to Asters, Goldenrods, prairie grasses, and other late-season wildflowers.The ability to identify many native fall-blooming species located in High Park and beyond.The workshop will include an indoor seminar followed by an outdoor field hike. The hike will be moderate in difficulty, and participants should come prepared with comfortable outdoor gear. Those with access to hand lens should bring one along, as some plants require examination of small-scale parts.Inclement 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 this workshop is: Sunday, October 14th, 2:00 - 6:00 PM.Workshop Fees:$50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance)$60 Regular$44 Seniors (age 60+)Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Oct
20
By donation
1:30 PM
From the golden Sassafras leaves to the crimson hues of the Red Maples, High Park trees are stunning in the autumn. Join us to learn why most deciduous trees “decide” to lose their leaves every winter and why most conifers keep their needles. We’ll also delve into the science behind the hidden colours which are revealed in leaves during the fall and the reasons why we suggest not raking your whole yard. We might even find a giant leaf pile to jump in!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

Oct
21
$45 early bird
1:00 PM
This workshop is designed for nature artists and tree enthusiasts! With the skilled instruction of botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter, you will learn techniques for drawing trees and tree parts. We will be outdoors, drawing trees, weather permitting. If it rains, we will be inside, drawing tree specimens such as leaves, tree fruit, bark and other tree treasures found in High Park in mid-September. This course is suitable for all levels. Workshop Fee:  $50 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance)  $60 Regular  $44 Seniors (age 60+) Cancellation Policies Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee).  Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund.  Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to the High Park Nature Centre at naturecentre@highpark.org. Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 14 days prior to the start of the workshop.  We would notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.
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