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Adult Workshops

- In Person -

Winter 2021 Workshops coming soon!

Registration is required for all workshops. If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions regarding registration you can reach us at info@highparknaturecentre.com or by calling 416-392-1748. Our Office Hours are between 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday.

Please note: if cost is prohibitive we ask that you reach out at the above phone number or email address. Thank you!

Thanks to all who participated in our in person workshops this fall - our workshop leaders loved learning with you!

Have questions about attending in person programs? Check out our FAQ!

Frequently Asked Questions

NEW Courses are Here!
Tree-mendous Trees & How to Make Nature Your Classroom

Online Naturalist Courses

- Virtual -


Join our fantastic team of naturalists and dive into interactive online learning experiences!

Click on the buttons below to learn more about each course

By registering for our Online Naturalist Courses, you are actively helping to support the Nature Centre during this difficult time - THANK YOU! We love our community of adult learners and we are so excited to be able to help you connect with nature in-person and now online as well!

Tree-mendous Trees
Nature Journaling
Fantastic Fungal Friends
Birds of the City

How to Make Nature Your Classroom: Wonderful Winter

- Virtual -

In this FREE course, discover a wealth of winter activities students will love, and feel calm and confident taking your teaching outdoors!

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The teaching needs of this year have changed (and changed, and changed!), and taking your students outside is more important than ever! This course will be an introduction to getting your students outside and making nature your classroom! It will cover risk assessment, how to keep kids happy, safe and engaged outside even on cold winter days, as well as nature themed games & activities to add to your teaching toolkit. This course includes optional virtual community circles with time for participants to respond to discussion questions related to the current teaching situation.

Funded by NSERC

Curriculum

Module 1: An Introduction to Teaching Outdoors
Module 2: Two Core Routines for Nature-Based Learning
Module 3:Tapping Into the Senses
Module 4: Trees & Plants
Module 5: Animals & Tracks
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In-Person Workshop Policies

Location

Programs take place at the High Park Nature Centre located at near the High Park Avenue main gates at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (also known as the Forest School).

Registration

Pre-registration is required for all programs. Registration cannot be confirmed until payment has been received.

Programs are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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. A doctor’s note may be required for cancellations due to medical reasons. Refunds are not granted for inclement weather.

Please note, the High Park Nature Centre may cancel any event if the minimum number of participants is not achieved 7 days prior to the date of the workshop. We will notify registered participants of cancellation at that time and provide a full refund.

Weather

Programs will proceed rain, snow or shine. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather as workshops include outdoor time. In the case of severe weather such as heavy rain, thunderstorms, snowstorms or high winds over 35 km per hour, the workshop may take place indoors.

We have set an inclement weather date for some workshops that take place entirely outdoors or when weather would greatly affect the program (ie a birding hike). If there is an inclement weather date set, our policy is as follows: At the discretion of the workshop leader, the outdoor portion of this workshop may need to be rescheduled due to severe weather such as a snowstorm, thunderstorm, extreme cold alert or high winds. In this situation, the Nature Centre will email participants at least one and a half hours prior to the program start time.

Lastly, we advise wearing long pants, socks and long sleeved tops to protect against poison ivy. If you have any questions please call our office at 416-392-1748.

Past Workshops

Fall 2020 Workshops

How to Make Nature Your Classroom - September 19
Fall Forest Bathing - September 26
Bird Sketching - September 26
Fantastic Fall Fungi - October 3
How to Make Nature Your Classroom - October 17
Linocut Printmaking - November 7

Winter 2020 Workshops

New Year Nature: An Outdoor Winter Retreat - January 4
High Park Lichens: Discover the "Corals" of the Forest - February 22

Fall 2019 Workshops

Fall Birding for Beginners - September 18 & 21
Savannah Sketchbook - September 28
Fantastic Fungal Friends: Mushrooms and Other Fungi of High Park - October 6

Summer 2019 Workshops

Summer Wildflower ID - July 22
Summer Tree ID - August 12
From Houndstongue to Shepherd's Purse: Wildflower Names and Their Meanings - August 19

Spring 2019 Workshops

Spring Birding for Beginners - May 8 & 11
Spring Wildflower ID - May 26

Winter 2019 Workshops

Teachers in Nature - January 26
Winter Bird Photography - February 2
Winter Tree ID for Beginners - February 3
Nature Journaling: Origins of Citizen Science - March 2

Fall 2018 Workshops

Birds of Prey - September 27 & 29
Making Friends with Places: A Passage de Toronto - October 9 & 11
Fall Wildflowers - October 13
Autumn Tree Drawing - October 21
An Introduction to Mushrooms and Other Fungi - October 27

Summer 2018 Workshops

Poisons, Spines & Blisters: Plants with a Dark Side - July 12
Dragonflies and Damselflies 101: Biology and Identification - July 28
Friend or Foe: The Intriguing World of Weeds - August 9
Butterflies 101: Biology and Identification - August 18

Spring 2018 Workshops

Outdoor Play in the Early Years - April 21
Spring Birding for Beginners - May 3 & 5 (Two-Part Beginner Workshop)
Spring Songbirds - May 24 & 26 (Two-Part Intermediate Workshop)
Intro to Landscape Drawing in the High Park Savannah - June 17

Winter 2018 Workshops

High Park Lichens - Feb. 10
Winter Landscape Photography – Mar. 3
Birds of Prey – Mar. 4
Winter Tree ID for Beginners - Mar. 24


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