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Urban Naturalists in High Park

Connect with nature-loving adults and develop naturalist skills in an encouraging and curious environment 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!

To help everyone experience nature we offer financial assistance through the Happy Camper Fund Bursary.

Our Urban Naturalists club is for adults who want to develop their naturalist skills, learn more about plant and animal identification, and bond with other nature lovers!

At Urban Naturalists, we cover a variety of seasonal topics! One of the best things about the program is that we ask you what you are interested in learning before it begins, then we create a tailored curriculum for the season with a different topic each week! 

Past topics have included: the natural history of maple syrup, seasonal birding, wild edible & medicinal plants, fire skills, overwintering in insects, tree identification, spring wildflowers, and nature-inspired art!

At Urban Naturalists, we cover a variety of seasonal topics! One of the best things about the program is that we ask you what you are interested in learning before it begins, then we create a tailored curriculum for the season with a different topic each week! 

Past topics have included: the natural history of maple syrup, seasonal birding, wild edible & medicinal plants, fire skills, overwintering in insects, tree identification, spring wildflowers, and nature-inspired art!

Club spots fill very quickly! Be prepared for registration day by reading the tips below and by making sure you already have an account. Learn more by checking out some of our tips for registration day.

At the High Park Nature Centre, we want everyone to experience the joy that time in nature can bring and to build a connection to the natural world.

The High Park Nature Centre strives to ensure that everyone gets the chance to experience the joy of nature. This is why we offer a financial aid program called the Happy Camper Fund. If you are in need of financial aid to attend our programs, please apply here.

Our Happy Camper Fund is made possible thanks to your generosity and support. Consider making a donation today to continue supporting this fund.

Note: You will need to register for a club before we look at your bursary application.

Nature Clubs begin at the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

A number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy that might influence your decision to drive to High Park. In case you’re driving we strongly recommend you to park your car at the public parking lot near Grenadier Cafe.

We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your program is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit.

Visit our How To Get Here page to learn more about planning your trips to High Park.

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

  • COVID-19 Policies & FAQ
  • General Cancellation Policy
  • COVID-19 Related Cancellation Policy
  • Extreme Weather-Related Cancellation Policy
  • Behaviour Policy

Nature is an amazing adventure everyone should experience – including adults. We strive to keep our programs accessible and invite anyone who finds our program fees limiting to apply to our Happy Camper bursary program. Our bursary program is available to individuals and families for our clubs and camps.

Registration Policies

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