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Fall Clubs Registration
Registration for our Fall 2019 Clubs will open on Wednesday, July 24 at 7AM! Dates, times, and fees are now available to view.
Spring Adult Workshops
Learn how to identify spring wildflowers, expand your teaching skills through a nature workshop for educators, and much more!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks coming up this spring, every other Saturday at 1:30 - 3 PM. Click here for the full calendar of walks!


Upcoming Events

Jul
3
$2 - $5 Suggested Donation
8:30 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.

Jul
3
$2 - $5 Suggested Donation
10:00 PM
Weather permitting! We need a clear sky to see the stars and planetsAs the sky fades into night, explore the astronomical wonders above us with the help of our telescope! Please note that this party follows our Urban Bat Walk.Supported by Kiwanis Club of Toronto.

Jul
9
Suggested donation: $2-5
1:30 PM
Join us to explore some of our winged friends who spend their Summers in High Park. We’ll share some some ID basics, give you an intro in bird language, and teach about some ways to investigate birds even when you can’t see them!

Jul
10
$2 - $5 Suggested Donation
8:30 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.



Jul
11
$2 - $5 Suggested Donation
6:00 PM
Prior to her Wild Bee Buzz Talk on July 11th, Susan will lead a one-time special edition of the Wild Bee Club from 6:00 - 7:00 pm! Come learn all about our audio bee booth, get cozy with the bees in our gardens, and much more! Feel free to attend the Wild Bee Club, the talk, or both!

Jul
11
$2 -$5 Suggested Donation
7:00 PM
Join us this summer to learn all about Toronto's native, wild bee populations in this year's Speaker Series, Wild Bee Buzz Talks! Over the course of four lectures by local bee experts, we will explore everything from High Park's bee phenology, to urban bee survival skills, and the ways we can protect these vital insects for years to come.

Jul
16
Suggested donation: $2-5
1:30 PM
Come on a wander with us to enjoy and learn from High Park's native flowering plants and our pollinator friends, and learn of ways we can help them to flourish. Did you know that most of the 360 native species of bees in Toronto are solitary nesting bees, not hive nesting bees?! Or that bees have co-evolved with flowering plants for over 100 million years?! How about that bees support 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat to be possible!? Studies have revealed that there are many pressures upon bees in cities such as habitat loss, diseases, pesticides & non-native species. Learning about these things is a key part of the solution for bee and wildflower populations in the City!

Jul
22
Regular $45 Seniors: $33
6:00 PM
Identifying wildflowers can be challenging. But fear not! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, the most highly regarded wildflower field guide for our region. This guide employs a unique system that takes a bit of effort to learn, but once mastered it is a pleasure to use. The majority of our time will be spent outdoors, providing you with ample opportunity to develop your wildflower ID’ing skills. 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: learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide (provided for use)identify a diverse assortment of wildflowers using your newfound skillsuse a 10-power hand magnifier (provided for use) to view plant features up close, learn useful identification termsdiscuss the merits of other wildflower field guides for our regionreceive a list of helpful hints and tips for troubleshooting difficult identifications. 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.
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