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We've updated the registration process for teacher PD programs. Please read below to understand our new changes.

Registration Policies

Please ensure you’ve read and understood our registration policies:

Read Our Registration Policies

COVID-19 Requirements:

In-person Teacher PD Programs

Our teacher PD programs offer your group a way to connect with a natural area right inside the city. Join High Park Nature Centre instructors for a 3 hour learning experience designed for teachers to gather a range of skills, tools and concepts for reigniting the imagination, and building comfort in connecting yourselves and your students to nature and the outdoors. This participatory workshop will offer golden nuggets for guiding curiosity and inquiry that will support you to learn alongside your students, while building confidence in facilitating nature connection in the moment. We’ll explore accessible, low to no-material approaches for building nature awareness and provide some beginner naturalist knowledge related to tapping in the senses, getting to know plants, and animal tracking.

Please click the button below to fill out our teacher PD programs request form and reach out to us about scheduling a teacher PD program for your organization in High Park.

Send us a request
  • 3-hour teacher PD program (For up to 25 people):
    • Public schools: $800
    • Private schools: $1,200
  • Add-on: Base cost for utilizing our building/space:
    (Use this add-on if you wish to schedule additional time for a meeting or self-guided event along with the teambuilding experience. The price is includes having a dedicated HPNC staff member present.)
    • Public schools: *$100 / hour
    • Private schools: *$200 / hour
      *Booking will include a minimum of 1-hour set up/breakdown time for an HPNC staff person. Additional time may be required – this will be assessed by HPNC and communicated upon review of your request.

Click here to view and download the pricing chart for our teacher PD programs.

Dates & Times

Please inquire about dates and times using the application form at the time of request.


Programs start at the High Park Nature Centre located near the High Park Avenue main gates at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive (also known as the Forest School).

Note: On weekends vehicles are prohibited in High Park, so participants will need to take extra time to find parking on the outskirts of the park and walk in. Using the TTC is much easier and the HPNC buildings are a 5 minute walk from the subway.

Virtual Teacher PD Programs

We have paused offering our virtual teacher PD courses. They will be back soon in a new and improved format! Do check out our other Online Naturalist Courses here.

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