The High Park Nature Centre is offering guided hikes on Saturday afternoons this fall, from Oct 16th to Dec 4th.
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.
This program is family friendly. Please note, not all trails we use will be stroller or wheelchair accessible.
*Cost: General ticket of $10 per hike (All participants require a ticket), free for babes in arms
The December 4th "Know Your Nature" hikes, led by the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group is pay what you can
Saturday, October 16th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet at Nature Centre)
Join us to explore the endangered Black Oak Savannah ecosystem in High Park. Learn about this majestic 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. We'll also explore the deep roots of species native to this ecosystem and take part in some stewardship together.
Saturday, October 23rd, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet at Nature Centre)
From the golden Sassafras leaves to the crimson hues of the Red Maples, High Park trees are stunning in the autumn. Join us to learn why most deciduous trees “decide” to lose their leaves every winter and why most conifers keep their needles. We’ll also delve into the science behind the hidden colours which are revealed in leaves during the fall and the reasons why we suggest not raking your whole yard. We might even find a giant leaf pile to jump in!
Saturday, October 30th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet at Nature Centre)
Parasites! When we think of parasites, we may think of scary microscopic critters or blood-sucking worms – but what else in nature is considered a “parasite”? Did you know that cowbirds are parasites of other birds? Or that certain wildflowers are considered parasitic to other plants? There are many symbiotic relationships that exist between organisms in nature, all of which can be considered good or bad, depending on which perspective you look at. Join us as we explore the curious world of parasitism, mutualism, and commensalism!
Saturday, November 13th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet at Nature Centre)
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a relaxing afternoon in High Park! Join us for a serene autumn walk and explore what it means to be mindful in nature - stretch into animal forms, unwind and experience sit spots and try your hand at nature journaling.
Saturday, November 20th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet by Grenadier Café)
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!
Saturday, November 27th, 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet at Nature Centre)
Do you know how woodpeckers are able to 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.
Saturday, December 4th, 10:00 - 11:30 am & 1:30 - 3:00 pm (Meet at Nature Centre)
Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will experience the woodlands and ravines with all of our senses to better understand our local ecology.