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Youth Rangers

Registration for winter youth Rangers is now open!

Our Youth and Adult Rangers & Indigenous Youth Wanderers programs are completely funded through grants provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Toronto which prioritize registration for participants who are newcomers to Canada or those who otherwise have difficulty accessing green spaces, such as folks who identify as being part of marginalized communities.



High Park Rangers

Get outside! Connect to Nature!

High Park Rangers is a youth leadership group that will meet every other week this winter to learn about nature, do stewardship activities in the park, and connect with other nature-loving youth.

This winter, youth Rangers will meet for four different nature-themed sessions on Saturdays from 10AM-12PM between January 21-March 4. Participants can sign up for individual sessions instead of the whole season. Please view more details and session dates below.

As a High Park Ranger participant you will:

For information about Indigenous Youth Wanderers, click here

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Sessions and themes

Note: You can sign up for all four sessions in the season or individual sessions.

Session 1 - Discover: Saturday, January 21 (10AM-12PM)

This session will provide us with an opportunity to discover High Park in a new way. We will learn about the stewardship work that has been done by Rangers in the past, and explore what winter stewardship looks like.

Session 2 - Explore: Saturday, February 4 (10AM-12PM)

In this session we will strengthen our observation skills through winter tracking. We will learn how to spot the presence of other species through tracks, scat, and more!

Session 3 - Advocate: Saturday, February 18 (10AM-12PM)

In this session we will explore what it means to advocate for our community and our environment. We will use technology to our advantage to complete a citizen science project.

Session 4 - Take Action: Saturday, March 4 (10AM-12PM)

This session will challenge us to take action as stewards in the park and beyond. We will help with the management of Asiatic Bittersweet to promote healthier ecosystems in High Park.

Do I need to attend every session?

No! You can sign up for individual sessions of your choice instead of all four sessions in the season.

All Ranger hours will be considered “community involvement hours” or “volunteer hours” for high school students. Staff will sign volunteer hour forms for Rangers at the conclusion of whichever session is their final one of the season.

What will we do?

We like for the Rangers activities to be in alignment with the goals and interests of the participants and individual leaders. We also believe that activities should be as relevant and connected to the seasons and the happenings in the park as possible. However, some things that are consistent activities include:

  • Big Long Walks - nature hikes through the park to explore the ecosystems
  • Planting native species of plants
  • Invasive species management - usually pulling garlic mustard up by the roots
  • Organizing a nature walk or other event for the public
  • Many other projects and activities that connect us with nature and build community within the group.
How do I register?

If you are having difficulty registering, please call us at 416-392-1748 and we can call you back to help with registration.

Is Rangers accessible for people using a wheelchair?

At this time, Rangers is generally not accessible for people with mobility disabilities due to the hilly terrain and narrow trails. However, each situation is unique and if you have questions about the program’s suitability, please contact us at info@highparknaturecentre.com

How is this program free?

This program is funded entirely by Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Toronto. We are truly grateful for their generous support.

Past seasons of Rangers had been supported by Rotary Club of Parkdale - High Park; The Good Foundation; High Park Western Beaches Fund.

What is the Nature Relatedness Scale?

We want to measure the impact of this program. We will ask participants to fill out a Nature Relatedness questionnaire at the beginning and end of the program. There will be 21 questions to better understand how connected people feel to nature before and after the Rangers program. This questionnaire is anonymous. Here are the questions in the questionnaire here.

Does Rangers happen in the rain?

Yes. Rangers continue in the rain. Please do your best to come prepared to spend 2 hours outdoors. We will have some extra rain boots and raincoats to lend. We occasionally cancel because of high winds or extreme temperature.

Who are the staff leaders?

Leaders are staff at High Park Nature Centre with years of experience leading youth outdoors. Learn more about our staff here.

Do I need any materials?

It is ideal if Rangers are dressed for the weather and conditions. We do have a limited amount of additional outerwear and rainboots for Rangers who would like to borrow these items.

Who is the Ranger program for?

Rangers is a free program for all youth aged 12 - 16. We especially encourage Newcomer youth to register. There is also a program for Indigenous youth, click here for more details.

Note: Our Youth and Adult Rangers & Indigenous Youth Wanderers programs are completely funded through a grant provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation which prioritizes registration for participants who are newcomers to Canada or those who otherwise have difficulty accessing green spaces, such as folks who identify as being part of marginalized communities.

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