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Adult Community Teambuilding

We're in the process of confirming what our programming for the Fall will be. We're working on a few models for what potential adult teambuilding programs may look like, during COVID-19. If these proceed they will be led in keeping with social distancing regulations, and built upon our experience leading in-person programs during the summer. If you're interested in booking an adult teambuilding program this Fall, please email info@highparknaturecentre.com, or call 416 392 1748.

About Our Adult Teambuilding Programs

Our adult teambuilding 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 wellbeing groups, church groups, and others!

Please note that we also offer guided tours to adult groups. This may be a better fit for your group if you would prefer a longer hike and fewer group activities, with an emphasis on the natural history and ecology of High Park as interpreted by an experienced naturalist.

Potential Fall 2020 Days and Times

Program times can be slightly modified to accommodate group meeting schedules. Please inquire about varied times during the booking process. Some of our program offerings require a 2-hour time block - please see the programs menu below for more details.

PLEASE EMAIL INFO@HIGHPARKNATURECENTRE.COM TO INQUIRE ABOUT TIMESLOTS DURING REGULAR WORKING HOURS (9AM - 5PM).

Fall

Monday - Thursday

Programs

Fall Programs

Mapping and Orienteering

2 hours

Connect to the land, High Park ecology, and build upon your map and compass skills during this hands-on, collaborative program. Contribute your unique knowledge and learn to navigate new territory with your peers on a journey through our orienteering course.

Savannah Stewards

1.5 or 2 hours

Did you know that High Park is home to the black oak savannah, one of North America’s most endangered ecosystems? Take part in activities which allow for sharing and growing naturalist knowledge, and become stewards of the savannah by planting native wildflowers and grasses or creating and dispersing native seed balls.

Birding Basics

1.5 or 2 hours

Discover the basics of bird watching! In the Fall and early Winter, learn all about the owls that make High Park their home. In the late Winter and early Spring, learn 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. An intermediate level birding course is available upon request.

Fire Skills & Storytelling

2 hours

Connect back to the land and learn about High Park ecology through this action packed program which will explore how the roles of storytelling and fire have shaped us as humans. Share and gather new naturalist skills, practice using ancient fire technologies: flint and steel and tinder bundles, and share warmth and stories around a fire. You'll have the option to roast a tasty snack over the flames to close out the day.

Policies

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds made 14 or more days before the start of the program will receive a 90% refund (10% will be retained as an administration fee). Requests for refunds made less than 14 days before the start of the program will receive no refund. Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted by email to info@highparknaturecentre.com. In the event of inclement weather (see definition below) we will endeavour to reschedule the session.

Rescheduling a Booking

We will do our best to accommodate requests to reschedule a booking made 7 or more days before the start of the program.

Inclement Weather Policy

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.

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