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Registration for summer nature hikes is now open! Registration for fall nature hikes opens Tuesday, August 16 at 9AM.



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In-person Programs

Guided Nature Hikes

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.

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Themes for summer hikes

Themes for fall hikes

Summer Hike Descriptions

Summer 2022 Nature Hikes

Note: These programs are family friendly. Not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible. This program will be fully outdoors, with access to indoor washrooms.

Amazing Animal Adaptations: Tuesday, July 12 (1:30-3PM) & Saturday, July 16 (10-11:30AM)

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.

Moth Walk: Tuesday, July 26 (8:15-10PM)

High Park is lucky enough to be a 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 be on hand to share their knowledge.

The New Species on the Block: Tuesday, August 2 (1:30-3PM) & Saturday, August 6 (10-11:30AM)

Some of the plants and animals in High Park have been here for thousands of years, but others are newer arrivals. These species may have come with settlers in the 1800s or earlier - sometimes on purpose, sometimes accidentally! Learn about invasive species and different perspectives on how they should be managed (if at all).

Trees and Ravines: Tuesday, August 16 (1:30-3PM)

Trees are the guardians of Toronto's unique ravine landscape. Join us to celebrate High Park's amazing diversity 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!

Fall Hike Descriptions

Fall 2022 Nature Hikes

Note: These programs are family friendly. Barring the November 19 "How Can We Listen to Nature?" nature hike, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible. This program will be fully outdoors, with access to indoor washrooms.

Tree-mendous Trees: Saturday, September 24 (10-11:30AM)

Join us for a tour of the tremendous trees in High Park! Get to know majestic Black Oaks, towering White Pines, beautiful Paper Birches and many more. We'll learn how to identify trees by their bark and leaves, and talk about how animals, including humans, benefit from trees in a variety of ways.

Ravine Walk: Saturday, October 8 (1:30-3PM)

Trees are the guardians of Toronto's unique ravine landscape. Join us to celebrate High Park's amazing diversity 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!

Bats and Rats and Moths, Oh My!: Friday, October 21 (7-8:30PM)

Who comes out after we go to bed? Can you hear the bats flying overhead, or the haunting who? who? of the owls? What was that rustle in the bushes? Join us for a night-time hike to discover High Park after dark!

How Can We Listen to Nature?: Saturday, November 5 and 19, (1:30-3PM)

Can trees talk? Do plants communicate? Can a raccoon carry a conversation? We might not be able to talk as easily with other species as we can with our own, but if we pay close attention, we can learn to notice the needs of those around us. Turn on your curiosity and come ready to use all your senses for this guided nature walk!

Note: The November 19 nature hike will use stroller accessible trails. We will use wider trails, with no steep inclines or declines. Please note, not all trails will be paved.

Location

All in-person programs will meet outside the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

Accessibility

This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.

Fees
  • General ticket of $10 per hike (All participants require a ticket), free for babes in arms.
  • Please not that the Moth Walk event on July 26 is pay what you can.


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