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Please note: Spring Rangers will start online the week of April 19. Registration is now open.

Due to the “province wide emergency brake” orders from the Government of Ontario, these programs will start their sessions online. Once the emergency brake lifts we will meet in person.

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Calling all youth who are new to Canada!! Individuals aged 12-16 who are new to Canada can register for any of the days, but one of the Wednesday sessions will be all Newcomers.

Get outside! Connect to Nature!

As a High Park Ranger participant you will:

Optional: For more information, come to the virtual information session April 14, 6:30 pm. Sign-up here.

Spring 2021 Schedule

NameTime Dates
Rangers Drop-in*
4:00-6:00 pmApril 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18,
May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22
Rangers Group 1
Newcomer Youth Only**
4:00-6:00 pmApril 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19,
May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23
Rangers Group 2
4:00-6:00 pmApril 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19,
May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23
Rangers Group 3
4:00-6:00 pmApril 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20,
May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, June 24

*Drop-in Rangers will sign up to be on the drop-in list and will need to register week-by-week when they are available to come. Spots will be limited.

** Newcomer youth have been in Canada for fewer than 7 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program virtual or in-person?

We are hoping to be in-person as much as possible, but we will switch to virtual whenever that is needed for COVID safety.

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?

Registration will open on April 1. At 8 pm, click on the button near the top of this page that says “Register Now”. One of the Wednesday groups are specifically for Newcomer youth aged 12-16.

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

How does Drop-in Rangers work?

For Rangers who can’t commit to regularly attending, they can register to be on the list for Drop-in Rangers. They will need to register for each week. Spots will be limited.

Can I bring a friend?

Youth who are Newcomers to Canada will have the option to register with a friend. When registering, simply check the box that says “I have a friend who will be registering” and we will save a spot for them.

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

How is this program free?

This program is funded entirely by Ontario Trillium Foundation. We are truly grateful for the 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.

Do I need to attend every session?

Rangers are expected to attend once per week as regularly as possible. We understand that things come up, and Rangers won’t be able to attend all sessions. That is OK. If you think you would rather come occasionally, you can register for the Drop-in Rangers on Tuesdays.

All Ranger hours will be considered “community involvement hours” or “volunteer hours” for high school students. Staff will sign forms for Rangers on the last visit of the season.

Who are the staff leaders?

Leaders are staff at High Park Nature Centre with years of experience leading youth outdoors. Staff this season include: Jenny Davis, Jessie Cowe, Jon Hayes, Khadoni Pitt-Chambers and Mallory Parks. Learn more about these leaders 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.

Will this program be COVID safe?

Yes! Rangers and all HPNC programs will follow the most current recommendations of Toronto Public Health. We will have a ratio of 8 Rangers to 1 staff. We will be maintaining physical distance and will require Rangers and staff to wear a mask when indoors and when physical distancing is challenging. We will also be operating almost 100% outdoors, aside from washroom access or in the event of inclement weather. We will be doing health screening upon arrival.

Please do not attend if you are feeling any flu or cold-like symptoms. Please read our FAQ about COVID precautions.

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 will also be a program for Indigenous youth (details coming soon).

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