Our organizational team-building programs offer your group a way to connect with a natural area right inside the city. You can participate in stewardship activities, such as planting, and learn new skills that will build rapport among group members. We welcome a wide diversity of groups, including not-for-profits, eco clubs, sports teams, community garden groups, community action groups, language exchange, newcomer groups, health and well-being groups, church groups, and others!
Please click the button below to fill out our organizational team building programs request form and reach out to us about scheduling a group experience for your organization in High Park.
Throughout human history, fire has played an essential role in the survival of communities. Not just in providing warmth and light, but in enabling connection through storytelling and sharing.
In this hands-on program, participants will work together to build a fire using flint, steel and tinder. After exploring the park and forming their campfire, participants can share stories and roast a tasty snack over the flames to close out the day. This program offers opportunities to connect and complete projects as a team and is excellent for those interested in gaining naturalist skills, connecting to the land and learning about the history and present of High Park’s unique ecosystem.
High Park is a notably large island of green among the bustling city of Toronto, but it stayed that way through the dedication and stewardship of those that care deeply for the area. In this explorative program, participants will learn about the globally rare ecology of High Park and its history, including the role of Indigenous stewardship in its conservation.
Participants will become stewards of the park themselves through exploring the area and working together to remove invasive species and plant beneficial ones. This program is well-suited for those interested in getting their hands dirty and giving back to High Park in a meaningful way, while connecting with Toronto’s history and each other.
How Place Holds Time
When was Toronto underwater? Who were the residents of High Park? Why is the park on fire sometimes? And how did such a large park survive in Toronto? History has washed over this area many times over, and the lands now called High Park and the City of Toronto have been many things to different people.
For those who wonder how we got to where we are, and where we might go in the future, How Place Holds Time engages investigation into the roots of Toronto and High Park. Understand the history of the land we’re on, through the lenses of social, environmental and Indigenous history. This program includes assembling key events in the area’s past, spanning thousands of years, and a guided hike to view the park and land in a new way. This program is ideal for groups interested in environment or history, or anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the Toronto’s past and present.
*Many programs are designed to last three hours and organizations are encouraged to participate in a three-hour program.
Note: Groups between 26 and 50 participants will cost more to accommodate for extra staffing.
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Trails are generally moderate in terrain and difficulty. Please contact us to discuss accommodations that can be made in the interests of accessibility.
Programs start at the High Park Nature Centre located near the High Park Avenue main gates at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (also known as the Forest School).
Note: On weekends vehicles are prohibited in High Park, so participants will need to take extra time to find parking on the outskirts of the park and walk in. Using the TTC is much easier and the HPNC buildings are a 5 minute walk from the subway.
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