Little Feet and All ages Editions
The High Park Nature Centre is offering guided hikes every Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer!
We invite you to build your friendship with nature by exploring the many gifts and riches found in all four corners of High Park. Find your way around, discover different habitats and use all your senses when enjoying nature with a bunch of curious folks in the middle of a big city. We will learn about, play and track nature together while leisurely hiking the park.
Wednesday hikes are geared to "little feet", curious hikers aged 0-6 and their caregivers while on Thursdays, nature enthusiasts of all ages are welcome!
Join in for one visit or build a deeper connection to the park and come for the whole series!
*Cost: Adults $15 / Youth $12 / Children $10 per hike (All participants require a ticket)
*Please note, High Park Moth Night is a special summer hike on July 28th at 8:30pm and is pay what you can.
So much water travels through High Park! It flows through old creeks, an underground river and six ponds. Come and visit Wendigo Creek with us, explore the importance of wetlands and the big role High Park plays in the Humber River and Lake Ontario watersheds. This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
Come on a wander with us to enjoy and learn from High Park's native flowering plants and our pollinator friends, and of ways we can help them to flourish. Learn about the many ways bugs 'n bees are important - such as their roles as decomposers or as a food source. Learn about the invasive LDD moths that have eaten away much of the tree canopy this spring, and some way the ecosystem has reacted to them. This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
Wednesday July 28th, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
High Park Moth Night: In partnership with Toronto Entomologists' Association (TEA)
Pay What You Can ($0-15)
High Park is lucky enough to be home to many incredible moths! As most moths are nocturnal, this special edition High Park Summer Hike will take place in the evening to maximize moth-viewing opportunities. Members of the Toronto Entomologists' Association will also be on hand to share their knowledge. There will be a short presentation with a City of Toronto Forest Health Care professional who will share knowledge about the LDD moth, the caterpillars of which have been stripping trees across Ontario and Quebec bare this season.
Join us to find out more about magnificent moths and help us find as many varieties as we can! This program is family friendly.
Meet at High Park Nature Centre (Forest School), 375 Colborne Lodge Drive
What to bring (optional):
Come and explore the beautiful wetlands surrounding the majestic Grenadier, Toronto's largest pond! We'll sharpen our senses for the chance to notice waterfowl, turtles, frogs, muskrats and other pond-dwellers! This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
Join us to explore the majestic, endangered Black Oak Savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn about this biodiverse and special place as a legacy of Indigenous Peoples, whose knowledge, care and relational reciprocity maintained the savannah for thousands of years and informed the city's current savannah restoration strategy of holding annual burns. We'll explore the beautiful species native to this special habitat and take part in some stewardship together. This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
Trees are the guardians of Toronto’s unique ravine landscape. Join us to celebrate High Park’s amazing biodiversity of trees, its many beautiful ravines, and learn about the City of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy. We’ll visit and get to know the trees, and see how they’re holding everything together! This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you some tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures. This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
High Park sits upon land that still has a huge amount of natural and wild space. The land was inhabited and protected by indigenous folks since time immemorial, which is why we have a majestic mature tree canopy and the rare Black Oak Savannah ecosystem. This week, we’ll hike in the south-east corner of High Park and take some glimpses into the history of the park. We’ll explore some of the massive changes that have happened since the ice age, learn about the incredible megafauna species that used to exist in this region, and which creatures have come to replace them. This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.