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Learn how to identify spring wildflowers, expand your teaching skills through a nature workshop for educators, and much more!
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Aug
19
Regular: $45 Seniors: $33
6:00 PM
Explore the intriguing stories behind wildflower names, both common and scientific. Discover names that allude to physical features, resemblance to objects, habitats, past or present uses, honoured individuals, folklore, and much more. Whether native or introduced, valued or merely a "weed," wildflower names have many a story to tell. The majority of our time will be spent outdoors. 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: discover the various ways in which wildflowers get their nameslearn the intriguing stories behind many of these namesplay "detective" trying to solve some of these names on your ownview a selection of plant name dictionaries, some over 130 years old! At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a completed worksheet, as well as a list of books they can consult for future reference. Please come to this workshop wearing comfortable close-toed footwear. The hike will be easy/moderate in difficulty (paved or hard-packed trails with some incline). Instructor Bio: Richard Aaron is interested in many facets of the natural world, with a particular fondness for plants, fungi, insects, and biomimicry. Over the years, he has done walks, workshops and lectures for over 90 organizations, ranging from naturalist clubs to universities, including a stint as a summer staff naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park. He has written articles for several leading nature magazines, and also co-founded two citizen science projects: one a multi-year survey of dragonflies & damselflies in Rouge National Urban Park, the other an ongoing study of moths in High Park. Richard places a premium on experiential learning whether it’s examining a flower through a hand lens, netting an insect (for later release), or making a mushroom spore print. He strongly encourages intellectual curiosity, while acknowledging that sometimes the best questions are those that lack clear-cut answers.Richard has been conducting adult workshops for the High Park Nature Centre since 2012. His website is at http://natureknowledge.weebly.com. Information about other workshops can be found here.

Aug
20
Suggested Donation: $2-5
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.

Aug
24
Free
3:00 PM
***This event has been cancelled. We are looking forward to starting these Indigenous Family Nature Walks again in September!***Ojiibikens, Taiaiako'n Historical Preservation Society and High Park Nature Centre invite you to an Indigenous Family Nature Walk! Participants are invited to gather around a sacred fire to celebrate the full moon and join in a feast. Timing: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Free for families and community members. Location: High Park Nature Centre - 375 Colborne Lodge Drive Registration required for those who do not identify as Indigenous.

Aug
26
Regular: $38 Seniors: $28
7:00 PM
Invertebrates, to quote E.O. Wilson, are the little things that run the world. They underpin the vitality of vertebrate life. Simply put, more invertebrates – insects, arachnids, crustaceans – translate into more birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Many of these invertebrates are more active after dark and for good reason: fewer sharp-eyed birds are active then. This workshop will introduce participants to the world of nocturnal invertebrates. The indoor segment will feature images of invertebrates, especially caterpillars, taken by Don Scallen after sunset. Don hopes to have some living specimens on hand too. He will also explain the rather straightforward practice of nocturnal invertebrate discovery: where and when to search, plant species to focus on, and how to prepare bait to attract moths. Outdoors we’ll use flashlights and headlamps to search foliage for caterpillars, spiders, sleeping dragonflies and other invertebrates. We’ll attempt to ID any creatures we find. We’ll also check moth “bait” that Don will paint on a few trees prior to the session. You needn’t any special knowledge of insects and invertebrates to participate in this workshop. Curiosity is the sole prerequisite. Participants will receive a list of publications and organizations they can access to learn more. The walk will be easy. We’ll explore an area near the nature centre that has plenty of native trees and shrubs. Please dress according to the forecast. If you wish to record any of the outdoor findings at the workshop, a camera or phone camera is recommended but not required. Instructor Bio: Don Scallen is a teacher, a writer and a lifelong naturalist. Many of his articles can be found at https://www.inthehills.ca/auth... He has also written for Escarpment News magazine and On Nature, published by Ontario Nature. Don is president of the Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club https://hnpnc.com/site/ He leads annual hikes and workshops for High Park Walking Tours (Tree identification and Caterpillars), Ontario Nature’s Youth Nature Camp (Freshwater Life), Royal Botanical Gardens (Tree Identification) and the Bruce Trail Conservancy (Tree Identification) . He frequently speaks to naturalist clubs and environmental organizations. Information about other workshops can be found here.



Aug
28
$2 - $5 Suggested Donation
7:30 PM
Let's explore High Park's amazing and mysterious bat populations! Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats' ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage.
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