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High Park Youth Rangers

Youth Rangers build leadership and naturalist skills through stewardship activities in High Park.

A blue notice pebble stating that registration for the Spring 2024 season of Nature Clubs in High Park is now open.

Registration for Spring Nature Clubs in High Park is OPEN!

High Park Rangers is a youth leadership group that meets every week to learn about nature, do stewardship activities in the park, and connect with other nature-loving youth. Our Youth Rangers learn about nature and engage in important conservation work in High Park, all while gaining essential skills to be environmental leaders in their communities.

Apply to join our FREE Youth Rangers stewardship program in High Park for the spring season! You can register for either our Tuesday or Thursday Youth Rangers sessions. We will be running 10 weekly sessions from 4:30-6:30PM.

Tuesday Rangers: April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28, June 4, June 11

Thursday Rangers: April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13

Apply to join our FREE Youth Rangers stewardship program in High Park for the upcoming winter season! This winter, you can register for either our Tuesday or Thursday Youth Rangers sessions. This season, we will be running 10 weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6PM and select optional Saturdays from 10AM-12PM.

Tuesday Rangers: January 13 (Saturday), January 20 (Saturday), February 3 (Saturday), February 6, February 13, February 17 (Saturday), February 20, February 27, March 2 (Saturday), March 5

Thursday Rangers: January 13 (Saturday), January 20 (Saturday), February 3 (Saturday), February 8, February 15, February 17 (Saturday), February 22, February 29, March 2 (Saturday), March 7

Note: We have a few optional Saturday morning sessions due to reduced daylight hours for stewardship activities during the winter season.

Our leaders listen to the Rangers to align their learning experience with the group’s goals and interests. We believe learning activities should be relevant, connected to the seasons and the stewardship needs of High Park.

Some examples of learning activities or projects include:

Benefits of the Youth Rangers Program

Select the “Register Now” button above, and log in or create an account, to CampBrain. Once logged in, find the program you’re interested in and submit your registration.  

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

At this time, Rangers are 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.

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

Past seasons of Rangers had been supported by the Rotary Club of Parkdale – High Park, The Good Foundation, High Park Western Beaches Fund, and the Kiwanis Club of Toronto.

From Spring 2024 onwards, this program will be supported by TD Ready Commitment. We are truly grateful for their generous support of our High Park Rangers programs.

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.

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 temperatures.

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 let your group leaders know.

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.

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

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.

Rangers is a free program for all youth aged 12 – 16. We especially encourage Newcomer youth to register for this program. 

The High Park Nature Centre strives to be a safe space for people of diverse backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities, and nature knowledge levels. We welcome you all people to the High Park Nature Centre.

We also offer Indigenous Youth Wanderers, an Indigenous-led program for Indigenous youth of Turtle Island (North America), South America, and the African Diaspora. You have the power to self-identify, you do not have to be status or non-status. We welcome all youth who have lived experience as an Indigenous Person.

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

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Our Youth and Adult Rangers & Indigenous Youth Wanderers programs are completely funded through grants 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.