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Participant Vaccination Policy

Effective October 31, 2021, all High Park Nature Centre programming that is offered indoors or with a planned indoor option will require proof of vaccination for all participants aged 18 and over and effective January 1, 2022, all people that are eligible to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 will require proof of vaccination for programming that is offered indoors or with a planned indoor option.

Proof of vaccination will include a digital or paper copy that shows both vaccinations where two are required. A valid government issued photo ID for the same named party will also be required.


Upcoming Workshops


Linocut Printmaking

With Alan Li

Saturday, November 6th @ 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: High Park Nature Centre, Forest School

Register for Linocut now!

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Price

$55.00 (Regular) $47.00 (Seniors 60+)

Description

Please join us for a delightful afternoon of printmaking! In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn how to make original handmade prints using native tree leaves found in High Park.

Each participant will take home six beautiful prints, plus the knowledge of how to set up your printmaking workspace at home.

All materials are provided. It's highly recommended that you wear old clothes or bring an apron. Beginners welcome.

The program will be run entirely indoors in the HPNC Forest School

Meet Your Instructor

Alan Li

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Alan Li is a visual artist focused on nature. He supports conservation efforts through the sale of his artwork and through volunteering. Alan believes that the act of drawing can open people’s eyes to the planet’s wondrous diversity, and show them that it matters. Alan currently pursues his own projects, teaches workshops, and collaborates with grassroots environmental groups. He founded the League of Urban Nature Artists (LUNA) in 2019.



Yoga at the Nature Centre

With Elyse Waugh

Thursday evenings (6:30-8:30pm), November - December

Session dates: Nov 11, Nov 18, Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 16

Location: High Park Nature Centre, Forest School

Registration for this program is not yet open.

Price

Accessibility scale: $20-30/session *

Support scale: $35-45/session *

We would like this yoga experience to be accessible to all participants, acknowledging the inequalities of pay, capitalist privilege, and financial stability as a determinant of access. We are thus offering pricing based on a sliding scale model – the accessibility scale is for individuals that have access needs, and the support scale is for individuals that are able to contribute at a higher level to support accessibility across all our programs.

We will also be offering a discount code at registration for participants that would like to attend multiple sessions. Please use the code honestly and based on your personal financial need.

* Pricing is dependent on the nature experience included in each session. See session details at registration.

Description

We invite you to embrace a unique opportunity to cultivate the mind-body connection and build community in a safe and inclusive space. Join instructor Elyse Waugh for guided sessions of flow and restorative yoga amidst the stunning scenery of High Park. There will also be time for nature hikes and connection activities (sensory walks, sit-spots, nature journaling and sketching) throughout the season.

No previous yoga or nature experience required!

Meet Your Instructor

Elyse Waugh

Elyse Waugh (she/they) is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts in Theatre & Performance Studies), a certified yoga and meditation teacher, and a certified birth, post-partum and abortion doula.

Elyse is also a mover, shaker, thinker, and explorer! They have spent a large part of their twenties letting their inner child play, marvel, and absorb the world around them. Now, they feel most at home when they are teaching, guiding, and holding space for the people around them.

Movement and the body has always been a part of Elyse’s life. They are intrigued at the ways in which our bodies change and adapt to life, and they like exploring the mind-body connection and discovering new ways to feel, see and imagine the body.

Elyse is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and holistic space for all bodies. Their teaching and care is rooted in making students feel comfortable, heard and judgement free. As a yoga teacher and birth worker, they are committed to the principles and practices of anti-oppression, anti-racism, intersectional feminism and affirming LGBTQ2S communities.




Online Naturalist Courses

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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!

Course Options:

Find them all on our Teachable page here: https://hpnc.teachable.com/cou...

All course content can be accessed at your own speed. Courses are pre-recorded. There is currently no expiry date on course content.

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



How to Make Nature Your Classroom: Fantastic Fall!

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

Register Now!


The teaching need during the pandemic 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 in all weather, as well as nature themed games & activities to add to your teaching toolkit. We've also added other online course experiences which will support learning and greater comfort in teaching outside and making connections to Indigenous Perspective with Natural Curiosity!

Funded by NSERC


Curriculum

Module 1: An Introduction to Teaching Outdoors

Module 2: Making Indigenous Connections

Module 3: Videos & Tasks - Two Core Routines for Nature-Based Education

Module 4: Videos Modelling Seasonal Connections

Module 5:Tapping Into the Senses

Module 6: Trees & Plants

Module 7: Animals & Tracks

Additional Resources

Community Circles

Community Circles are something that we have offered in the past for this course-a time to come together with others to discuss and debrief concepts, principles and activities in this course. We are not offering Community Circles as part of the course this season. If you or your team are interested in taking part in a PD opportunity regarding how to teach in the outdoors, please contact info@highparknaturecentre.com for more information!



Winter and Spring How to Make Nature Your Classroom courses

It's not too late to take part in our winter and spring courses-in each section you will find videos, children's book suggestions and links to season specific resources! Enroll today!

Register for our Winter Course
Register for our Spring Course
Past Workshops
2020

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

2019

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

2018

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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