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Spring Ephemerals Sketching Workshop in High Park

Saturday, May 11, 1-4 PM

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for all our events, hikes and workshops. We do this to ensure we don’t exceed our capacity for indoor events or the maximum limits for group sizes on High Park’s ecologically sensitive trails. Please register on our website before coming to High Park.

We cannot guarantee availability of walk-in spots. If an event is at capacity, please put yourself on our waitlist. We will notify waitlisted participants if we open up new spots or sessions for our events. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Spring Ephemerals Sketching Workshop in High Park Details

Join us and artist Alan Li to connect with spring ephemerals in High Park through sketching! In this outdoor workshop, our instructor will demonstrate a variety of artist techniques for creating expressive nature sketches. Individual attention and feedback will also be provided. All skill levels are welcome!

Note: In the event of rain, the workshop will be held indoors with natural materials from our nature library (nests, skulls, etc. will be available for sketching.)


  • General (ages 18-59 years): $50
  • Senior (ages 60 years and above): $40

Please bring:

  • 10 x 7 inch mixed media sketchbook
  • Mechanical pencil 0.5mm
  • Eraser
  • Drawing Pen 0.3mm with black ink (Micron or similar)
  • Basic set of colour pencils
  • Small folding stool for  outdoor use
  • Optional: Watercolour paint and brush
Artist and conservationist Alan Li poses in front of his artwork while wearing a blue "I love High Park" t-shirt and a ball cap.

Alan Li

Artist and conservationist Alan Li uses pencil, ink and paint to document the wonders of the natural world. Alan’s mission is to build connections to nature through arts-based education. Since 2015, he has been partnering with non-profit environmental organizations to lead nature focused art programs and workshops. He also supports conservation efforts through the sale of his artwork and as an active volunteer. Alan believes that drawing can open people’s eyes to the planet’s diversity, and show them that it matters.

Saturday, May 11, 1-4PM.

This event will begin at the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

A number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy that might influence your decision to drive to High Park. In case you’re driving we strongly recommend you to park your car at the public parking lot near Grenadier Cafe.

We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your event is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit.

Visit our How To Get Here page to learn more about planning your trips to High Park.

  • General (ages 18-59 years): $50
  • Senior (ages 60 years and above): $40

This workshop is for adults ages 18 years or older.

Art can be messy. Wear an apron or old clothing. Bring your own photos, sketches and designs for inspiration, or a phone/tablet for researching ideas.

The High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building is not yet an AODA-compliant facility. We try our best to accommodate accessibility needs on a case-by-case basis. Please reach out to us about any accessibility-related questions you might have.

We welcome registered therapy or guide dogs to our events. However, we kindly ask that that family pets be left at home.

Registration Policies

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