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Adult Stewardship in High Park

Adult Rangers are a diverse and welcoming group who develop their naturalist skills while actively supporting High Park ecosystems through stewardship activities.

A blue notice pebble stating that registration for the Spring 2024 season of Nature Clubs in High Park is now open.

Registration for Spring Nature Clubs in High Park is OPEN!

Adult Rangers is a group that meets once a week to learn about nature, do stewardship activities in High Park, and meet other like-minded individuals. Together we engage in important nature conservation work in the park like planting native species, removing dominant introduced species and maintaining the different environmentally significant ecosystems in High Park.

Apply to join our FREE Adult Rangers stewardship program in High Park for the upcoming spring season! You can register for our 10 weekly sessions between April 11-June 13 on Thursdays from 10AM-12PM.

Spring sessions: April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13

Apply to join our FREE Adult Rangers stewardship program in High Park for the upcoming winter season! This winter, we will be running six weekly sessions between February 1 – March 7 on Thursdays from 10AM-12PM.

Winter sessions: February 1, February 8, February 15, February 22, February 29, March 7

We like for the Rangers activities to be in alignment with the goals and interests of the participants and individual leaders. We also believe that activities should be as relevant and connected to the seasons and the happenings in the park as possible. However, some things that are consistent activities include:

  • Big Long Walks – nature hikes through the park to explore the ecosystems
  • Planting native species of plants
  • Invasive species management – usually pulling garlic mustard up by the roots
  • Organizing a nature walk or other event for the public
  • Many other projects and activities that connect us with nature and build community within the group.

Note: Activities may vary according to the season.

At this time, Rangers are generally not accessible for people with mobility disabilities due to the hilly terrain and narrow trails. However, each situation is unique and if you have questions about the program’s suitability, please contact us.

This program is funded entirely by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. We are truly grateful for their generous support.

Past seasons of Rangers had been supported by the Rotary Club of Parkdale – High Park, The Good Foundation, High Park Western Beaches Fund, and the Kiwanis Club of Toronto.

From Spring 2024 onwards, this program will be supported by TD Ready Commitment. We are truly grateful for their generous support of our High Park Rangers programs.

We want to measure the impact of this program. We will ask participants to fill out a Nature Relatedness questionnaire at the beginning and end of the program. There will be 21 questions to better understand how connected people feel to nature before and after the Rangers program. This questionnaire is anonymous. Here are the questions in the questionnaire here.

Yes. Rangers continue in the rain. Please do your best to come prepared to spend 2 hours outdoors. We will have some extra rain boots and raincoats to lend. We occasionally cancel because of high winds or extreme temperatures.

It is ideal if Rangers are dressed for the weather and conditions. We do have a limited amount of additional outerwear and rainboots for Rangers who would like to borrow these items.

Please ensure you’ve read and understood our registration policies:

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our Youth and Adult Rangers & Indigenous Youth Wanderers programs are completely funded through grants provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which prioritizes registration for participants who are newcomers to Canada or those who otherwise have difficulty accessing green spaces, such as folks who identify as being part of marginalized communities.