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Nature Cafe

Fridays: Dec 4th, 11th & 18th

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A place to connect to nature through curiosity

Join HPNC hosts Jessie & Jenny for a brief relaunch of our weekly online, intergenerational “cafe” for nature enthusiasts to connect and get curious about what is happening outside in nature right now.

Each week we'll offer a learning component connected to a nature theme, a guided activity that we'll do away from the screen, some creative drawing or writing, and small group breakout discussions.

Whether you have a window, a balcony or a yard, whether you’re staying inside or leaving your home, we’ll share pathways for deepening our connections to nature during this time of physical distancing.

These events are sliding scale.

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Nature Cafe: Community Mapping in High Park Edition - Map Archive

High Park is a green island in the big city - home to a great diversity of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms. It's also home to a diversity of special places, stories and memories for humans and mapped and celebrated just a few of these at our Nature Cafe.

Whether you walk in High Park everyday, visit on occasion, or you'd like to learn more about it, this interactive program will build our collective understanding of what a special place it is through community mapping!

During this nature cafe, Jenny was our on-the-ground High Park correspondent, and Jessie was on the controls from home. Even though this Cafe has passed,we invite you to add your special place, memory, nature sighting or story to our community map.

Here is a video overview with map instruction:

Here is access to the map:

Nature Cafe: Nature News Edition - December 11th

December 11th, 1-2pm

Location: Zoom / Various places in nature!

Our Nature News Edition will highlight some of the nature happenings of the week. Tune into the show at 1pm and join Nature News anchor Jessie and special correspondents Jenny and Jon who will be tuning in from High Park. If you’d like to be a special correspondent on the ground *in your neighbourhood and share something you’ve found in nature - please fill out this form:

This special edition news show will offer lessons and curiosities we can each take with us on our nature wanders!

*Please note, you can be a nature correspondent from anywhere, including your home - it doesn’t have to be High Park!

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Nature Cafe: Holiday Nature Trivia Edition

December 18th, 1-2pm

Location: Zoom

Join us to ring in the holiday season with a lively game of nature trivia!

Questions and challenges will take on a variety of formats: visual, audio, movement and drawing-based. You can play on your own, or in household teams. Bring a paper and a marker for keeping score (optional) and for the drawing challenges!

We'll learn about winter animal adaptations, evergreens and other holiday-themed nature facts!

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Rewild @ Home Programs

ReWild at Home programs offer a selection of 1 hour, interactive online nature programs led by HPNC Nature Interpreters. These programs are designed to support a wide range of child and youth-aged groups as well as intergenerational groups who are meeting online, such as:


Online Platform: Zoom

Cost: 120 for up to 50 participants

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Virtual Owl Prowl with Mountsberg Raptor Centre

Saturday December 12, 2020 1:00 - 2:15 pm

Meet us virtually at the Mountsberg Raptor Centre where staff will introduce us to the owls. The owls at the centre are ambassadors for their species and we hope that by meeting them you will gain a greater respect and understanding for owls in the wild. Once the presentation is finished we'll invite you to dissect your owl pellet or watch us as we dissect ours. Then we'll hit the trails in High Park to show you what owl tracks look like and how to identify some of their favourite habitat. You'll leave this event with all the tools you need to go owl prowling on your own!

Once you register for the event you can pick up your owl pellet from the Nature Centre (curbside pick-up) at a scheduled time. Or you can pay an additional $5 to have us mail it to you through Canada Post if you register by Monday November 30.

$20/household or $15/individual

Platform: Zoom - you will receive the link on the day of the event

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Red-winged Blackbird and Friends

Fridays, starting December 4, 2020 10:00 - 10:30 am

Join us for our live kids show inspired by the simplicity of old favourites like The Friendly Giant and Mister Rogers. There will be original nature-based music, movement and a whole lot of magic. We'd also like to feature questions kids have about nature AND their nature drawings so please email those to We'll let you know if your child's question or work will be aired. The show is created for kids ages 2-6.


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