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Adult Rangers

COVID-19 UPDATE: Winter 2022 Adapted Programming

Due to the smaller size of these in-person programs, we have decided to continue all our Youth and Adult Rangers nature clubs in-person. Staff and participants in these programs will continue to maintain physical distancing, practice masking while outdoors and follow any additional COVID-19 related safety measures. In-person programming is contingent on the continued health of staff and their families.

Click here to view all our COVID-19 related updates.

Get outside! Connect to Nature!

Adult Rangers is a group that meet once a week to learn about nature, do stewardship activities in the park and meet other like-minded individuals.

As a High Park Ranger participant you will:

COVID-19 requirements:

To see a chart showing our vaccination policy for each program, click here. To view our COVID-19 policies and FAQs, click here.

Registration opens December 10th, 2021 at noon.

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Is this program virtual or in-person?

We are hoping to be in-person as much as possible, but we will switch to virtual whenever that is needed for COVID safety.

What will we do?

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.
Is Rangers accessible for people using a wheelchair?

At this time, Rangers is 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 at info@highparknaturecentre.com

How is this program free?

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

Past seasons of Rangers had been supported by Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park; The Good Foundation; High Park Western Beaches Fund.

What is the Nature Relatedness Scale?

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.

Does Rangers happen in the rain?

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 temperature.

Do I need any materials?

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.

Will this program be COVID safe?

Yes! Rangers and all HPNC programs will follow the most current recommendations of Toronto Public Health.

Ratios
We will have a ratio of 15 Rangers to 1 staff.

Masks
We will be maintaining physical distance and will require Rangers and staff to wear a mask when indoors and when physical distancing is challenging.

Vaccinations
We require all participants to be fully vaccinated; we will ask for proof of vaccination the first time a participant attends. Health Screening We will be doing health screening upon arrival of every visit.

Please do not attend if you are feeling any flu or cold-like symptoms. Please read our FAQ about COVID precautions.

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