The High Park Nature Centre offers a wide range of outdoor environmental and stewardship programs to Guides and Scouts. Our programs are designed to help encourage exploration and observation of the natural world and to help participants earn badges in a number of ecologically-focused areas. Each program is led by two knowledgeable nature instructors and includes a hike in High Park.
One-time visit Up to 20 children: $200
*additional children are $10 each, up to a maximum of 30 children
High Park Through the Seasons (three part program)
One program in fall, one in winter, and one in spring
Up to 20 children: $540 for 3 programs
*additional children are $9 each per visit, up to a maximum of 30 children
Maximum 30 students per program. Group leaders and parent volunteers participate at no charge.
Program times can be slightly modified to accommodate group meeting schedules. Please inquire about varied times during booking process.
Winter, Spring & Fall
Explore the wonders of High Park in any season! Engage your senses while jumping in piles of coloured fall leaves, hand-feeding flocks of winter birds, or exploring the blooming of spring’s beautiful wildflowers.
High Park is home to many nocturnal creatures. Explore how many urban animals survive in the dark!
How do animals survive the winter in High Park? Participants learn about animal adaptations and how to track animals in winter.
Why do flowers bloom? Why are they bright colours, and why do they smell nice? Participants will look for spring flowers, and plant native wildflowers and grasses or create and disperse native seed balls.
Did you know that High Park is home to the black oak savannah, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems? Become stewards of the savannah by planting native wildflowers and grasses or creating and dispersing native seed balls.
Discover the history of snowshoeing. Learn basic techniques with modern snowshoes and then go on a snowshoe hike in High Park by moon! (snow conditions permitting)
Learn the basics of map during this hands-on program. Learn the 4 cardinal directions and how to read a map.
Learn the basics of map and compass work during this hands-on program. Participants will practice their new skills on an orienteering course in High Park. Please note this program cannot be shortened to 1.5 hours.
Learn the basics of bird watching and discover the many species of birds that depend on High Park to survive. Explore High Park as a stopover during migration, as a site for nesting, or as a destination for winter birds.
Learn about High Park’s nocturnal owl species, explore their unique adaptations, and find out what they eat for their midnight snack while dissecting owl pellets!
Explore the diversity of High Park’s urban forest! Learn techniques on how to identify trees and discover how to protect the health of our oak woodlands from many urban threats.
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, High Park.
14 days notice is required for cancellations and 2 days notice to reschedule. For cancellations that occur less than 14 days before the scheduled program or for any cancellation that occurs due to a late attempt at rescheduling, you will be charged 50% of the original program fee.
Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please remind all participants to dress appropriately for the weather as we will be outdoors for most of the activities. We also advise wearing long pants, socks, and close-toed shoes to protect against poison ivy in the park. Programs may need to be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms, or high winds over 35 km per hour. If a program is rescheduled by the High Park Nature Centre, we will contact you at least 1 hour prior to your start time on the day of the program. We are able to offer fully indoor programming in the case of severe or dangerous weather. If inclement weather prevents you from attending your program, we will do our best to reschedule your visit.