People in the GTA need to re-connect with nature, now more than ever.
More than 1.5 million people visit High Park each year, and that number is climbing. Toronto’s social and economic conditions are rapidly changing, especially in High Park-Parkdale neighbourhoods, and as more green spaces disappear from the city’s core, caring for our beloved Park has never been more important.
As the park’s lead education provider, our goal at the High Park Nature Centre is to help more people discover our green spaces, programs and stewardship activities happening year-round. To deliver on this vital vision, we’re embarking on a $6 million capital campaign to develop a dedicated High Park Visitor and Nature Centre, to open in 2021 within our Forest School building.
Through restorations and renovations to the Forest School heritage site, we’ll be able to open a High Park Visitor and Nature Centre that is accessible and welcoming to everyone in our community. Children, teens, adults and seniors all share one thing in common: the desire to connect with something greater – the desire to belong.
You can feel that sense of community and belonging here every day, as more people come to High Park to re-connect with nature and with each other. This is our story, written with people like you. We want to keep building on that story for years to come.
Together, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the 85-year-old historic Forest School structure into a future-ready front door to High Park’s future.