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Registration for our Spring 2019 Nature Clubs is now open!
Urban Naturalists
Looking to celebrate spring by spending more time outside? Registration is now open for our Urban Naturalists club!
Winter Adult Workshops
From nature journaling and tree ID to winter bird photography, there is something for everyone!
Spring Creek Walk
Join us for an exploration of Spring Creek as part of Toronto's "Ravine Days" celebration on May 12! Register to attend, pay-what-you-can.

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1:30 PM
High Park has gone through some massive changes over the past 500 years. Learn about the incredible species that used to exist in this region, and which creatures have come to replace them.   This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!  Suggested donation of $2 - $5 per person. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page. Accessibility: All walks are moderate length and terrain.  We regret that trails are not wheelchair or stroller accessible.

7:30 PM
Join us for a lights out event at the High Park Nature Centre! We'll begin the event with the ancient technique of candle dipping and lantern making. The lanterns will light our way through the trails as we learn about the impacts of climate change on the animals and plants of High Park. We will end the hike with a campfire and s'mores.

Regular: $50 Seniors: $35 (60+ years)
10:00 AM
We invite caregivers for seniors to spend a rejuvenating half-day at the High Park Nature Centre exploring simple techniques for connecting with nature to promote health and well-being. Led by horticultural therapist Emma Rooney, this workshop will look at the barriers that seniors face getting outdoors and offer tips to help make nature more accessible to everyone, including those living with dementia. You’ll get a chance to test out a variety of activities—a sensory walk, bird watching, nature journaling, gardening for wildlife, soundscape mapping, and nature-inspired art—meant to orient participants to the season and their place in the local environment. Whether you’re a family member or someone who works/volunteers with seniors, plan to leave this workshop with a jar full of meaningful ideas to add nature to your caregiving routine. At the end of the session, we’ll have a chance to continue our group sharing over a light lunch of homemade soup. Instructor Bio: Emma is the founder of Blooming Caravan, a High Park business that offers in-home creative companionship visits for seniors. Her philosophy of care weaves together caring for both the land and people. Emma has worked at several innovative organizations, including the High Park Children’s Garden, Greenest City, and Ecosource. She enjoys using her design skills to engage people of diverse backgrounds in environmental and social justice issues. She is also a passionate educator who loves sharing her knowledge through presentations on a variety of subjects, including gardening for mental health, making local food accessible, community mapping, and intergenerational storytelling. Emma is the horticultural therapist at Peel Manor Long Term Care Centre, a Toronto Master Gardener, and a volunteer at the High Park Nature Centre. Cancellation Policies: Please see our website for information regarding cancellation at https://highparknaturecentre.c...

10:30 AM
All ages are welcome, but content most suitable for adults and older children (8+). This walk is NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible. Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFee: PWYC donation (register online, donate at the event)

5:00 AM
Calling all early birds: flock to High Park at the crack of dawn for a quiet hike to a secluded spot to hear the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun rises. Tons of songbirds will be passing through during spring migration as Toronto is on a bird superhighway.Experienced birders will be on hand to help identify the birds we hear and see.No pre-registration is required and this is a free event. And - there will be coffee!NOTE: Please check for updates as the event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or wind.The 300 Bloor / Danforth Night Bus stop at High Park Ave. is the closest bus stop. From there walk into High Park south along Colborne Lodge Drive to the High Park Nature Centre at the Forest School. We are north east of the tennis courts. This event is part of the 2019 Toronto Bird Celebration, coordinated by Bird Studies Canada, running from May 11 - May 25.

10:30 AM
As a part of City of Toronto’s “Ravine Days” celebration, we invite you to explore the surprising biodiversity of Spring Creek on a nature walk led by one of the High Park Nature Centre’s creek geeks. Investigate historical maps to see how ravines age over time; compare human impacts on different tributaries; discover an underground aquifer and consider what we can do to ensure Toronto’s ravines are both healthy and functional ecosystems for future generations. All ages are welcome, but content most suitable for adults and older children (8+). This walk is NOT wheelchair or stroller accessible. Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pmFee: PWYC donation (register online, donate at the event)
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