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Sensational Spring

Preschool - Kindergarten

April-June

New this year!

Following the guidelines outlined in How Does Learning Happen? Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, students will learn about nature while fostering a sense of belonging, well-being, engagement and stewardship. Students will look for signs of spring with all 5 senses. Students will make smell-sundaes and learn how to use tools like magnifying glasses and hand-lenses while searching for signs of spring like forest ephemerals, decomposers and listening for migrating birds. Students will end the day making and throwing seedballs (before May 24) or planting a native plant in the black oak savannah (after May 24)!

Sensing the Savannah

Kindergarten - Grade 1

May - June

Warm up your five senses and go on a hands-on, sensory nature hike through the park’s woodlands and black oak savannah. Match colours, find textures and make smelly sundaes in the forest! This program includes a planting component.

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Butterflies and Buddies

Kindergarten - Grade 1

May - June

Explore the life cycle of a butterfly and learn about native wildflowers that attract these pollinators in High Park. Each student will plant a native plant to help feed our butterflies and help increase their habitat. If there is sun we will look for butterflies, if there is rain we will look for butterflies' buddies.

This program includes a planting component.

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Signs of Spring

Kindergarten – Grade 2

April – May

Celebrate the awakening of spring in High Park through your senses! Students will search for signs of spring: hungry hibernators waking up, migrating birds returning to nest, and the earliest of plants and the rainbows of colour returning to High Park on this imaginative hike program.

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Migration Celebration!

Grade 1 – 6

Last week of April – May

Discover the incredible feats of migration as birds return from their wintering grounds to nest in Canadian forests. Discover why High Park is an important natural area for spring migrants, go on a bird watching hike and play bird identification games.

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Savannah Stewards

Grade 1 - 8

April - June

Students will learn about the history of stewardship in High Park. What was here first, the nature in the park or the city of Toronto? Who were the first people in this area? How has the park changed over its 140 year history? Students will learn about the globally rare black oak savannah and help restore it by planting native plants.

After May 21 this program includes a planting component; before May 21 students will make and throw seedballs.

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Bugology

Grade 2 - 8

Mid-May - June

Is a bug an insect? What makes an insect an insect? Where do spiders fit in? Students will catch, observe and identify various invertebrates in the savannah. Each student will also plant a native plant to help create habitat for bugs.

This program includes a planting component.

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Marvellous Mud

Grade 2 – 4

April – June

New this year!

Explore the muddy world beneath your feet! Discover the “recipe” for dirt and learn about which animals help to create it. Students will mix soil and water to make mud, look for mud on the trails and around the pond and play games to learn about the importance of soil in the food chain.

With lots of games and hiking, this play based program is ideal for high energy groups.

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Screech and Hoot

Grade 2 – 6

September - June (program runs throughout the year)

Learn about High Park’s owl species, explore the unique adaptations of these nocturnal birds of prey and dissect sterilized owl pellets to discover what owls eat for their midnight snack! On a nature hike, learn about owl behaviour and search for owl homes and food sources.

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Wildflower Wonders

Grade 2 - 8

Mid-May - June

Students will learn about diversity in the woodlands by learning about what wildflowers are and how they fit into the food web, exploring the science of pollination and looking for native pollinators. Students will also learn about the woodlands and savannah and plant a native plant to help diversify and restore the Black oak savannah in High Park

This program includes a planting component.

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Down in the Dirt

Grade 3 – 4

Third week of April – June

Explore the world beneath your feet! Discover the “recipe” for soil and learn about the vital role that decomposers play in the food chain. Students will collect soil samples from the wetlands, the woodlands and the black oak savannah to compare and contrast the ecosystems and investigate the properties of soil.

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Urban Biodiversity: Urban life in the city

Grade 4 – 6

September - June (program runs throughout the year)

Even in the middle of a big city, wild animals can find everything they need to survive – sometimes, they just need to be creative! Discover the incredible diversity of animals that live in Toronto’s largest urban park and how they have adapted to the growth of the city-who was here? who's still here? and how do they manage to survive? During this program students will morph into a native animal and find out why biodiversity is important by trying to stay alive during an herbivore/omnivore/carnivore survival game.

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Orienteering

Grade 4 – 8

September - June (program runs throughout the year)

Learn how to find your way through High Park using a map and compass to orient yourself. Students will practice their skills by following an orienteering course that highlights the diversity of plants and animals in the park’s woodland and savannah habitats.

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Pond Study

Grade 4 – 8

Last week of April – June

Explore Toronto’s Largest Pond! Find out why wetlands are important and what roles they play in the ecosystem. Students will investigate and grade the health of High Park’s Grenadier Pond. Students will conduct two experiments to investigate how healthy the Pond is: looking for invertebrate life in the water and a habitat study of life on top of the pond and the surrounding wetland.

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Comparing Ecosystems

Grade 7 - 8

April – June

Have you ever heard of the black oak savannah? Did you know that High Park holds a remnant of this globally rare ecosystem? Students will investigate and compare the biotic and abiotic features of High Park’s woodland and black oak savannah ecosystems to find similarities and differences. Students will identify trees and herbaceous plants, find out what makes a forest a forest, look for native animals and assess the effects of human impacts.

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Know Your Forest

Grade 7 - 8

April – June

Get to know High Park’s Woodlands and ecological principles of forestry. Students will identify native and invasive trees, learn about forest succession and investigate for signs of old growth as well as human impacts.

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