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WALKING TOURS & WORKSHOPS
Know your Nature – Family Nature Walk Saturday, March. 1, 1:00-2:30pm. Let the High Park Rangers introduce you to some of the amazing nature they have discovered this winter. More details
Heroes and Villains of the Park with Julia Bennet, Sunday, Mar. 16, 10.30am. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe. More Sunday walks.
100th anniversary of the Howard Memorial Gates at the Parkside Drive entrance to High Park. March 23.
EXPLORE HIGH PARK IN WINTER
More about wildlife in winter.
Natural Environment Committee
HIGH PARK PHOTO-OP
Do you take photos in High Park? If so, check out David Allen's invitation to have your photo featured on his 2015 High Park calendar. If you would also like to contribute photos for the High Park Nature website, please contact email@example.com.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS
See 2013 and previous years' results. Highlights: adult Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Common Grackle & 4 Green-winged Teal. Coordinated through the Toronto Ornithological Club and Bird Studies Canada.
NATIVE PLANT GARDENING
See GARDENING RESOURCES.
VOLUNTEER: High Park Stewards
The Once and Future Great Lakes Country, with John Riley, Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Chief Science Officer and National Director of Conservation Operations
Sunday, March 9, 2014 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
PLEASE SET CLOCKS AHEAD 1 HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT
Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive.
A presentation on his important new book about an area that, according to Riley, “now supports a population of more than forty-five million and a shared annual economy of more than $1 trillion."
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OTHER GROUPS' EVENTS
2014 Toronto Park Summit is the premier event celebrating and sharing the successes and opportunities of Toronto’s 1600+ parks. Register and more info
Excellent article about the founding of High Park: John Howard’s Enduring Monument
More about Colborne Lodge.
HELP PROTECT HIGH PARK
MPP Cheri DiNovo has created an email that you can send to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment urging the government to protect High Park.
PROTECTING WILDLIFE AND PETS
Letting your dog off leash in non-designated areas can pose serious risks to their health. Read more
NEW RESEARCH ITEMS
Ontario MNR Invasive Species Discussion Paper
RECOVER THE CANOPY
Recover the Canopy is a program of the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation that provides an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to help rebuild Toronto’s damaged tree canopy.
Welcome to Toronto's High Park, home to one of North America's most endangered habitats: Black Oak Savannah, a remnant of the sand prairie systems that used to cover much of southern Ontario. Majestic black oaks tower over tallgrass prairie plants like big bluestem, butterfly milkweed and wild lupine.
This park is a perfect place to explore nature right in the city! It's remarkable how many different species of birds, mammals, insects and plants you can discover. Take a walk along the nature trails. Or visit the park's ponds and creeks and watch quietly for wildlife.
Remember how precious the park's natural areas are and please treat the park with respect, so many more people can enjoy the wonderful legacy John Howard has passed along to us.
This website focuses on the nature of High Park from many perspectives:
>> History of High Park Find out about the geological and human history that brought the park into being.
>> Ecology Learn about the park's special habitats and many species of plants and animals.
>> Restoration Find out what is being done to protect and restore the park's natural areas.
>> My Park Express yourself! High Park is an inspiration for art and photography and many other creative pursuits.
>> Explore High Park Explore the park with a walking tour, or check out a number of places to visit within the park.
>> Volunteer Opportunities Get involved! Learn more about the High Park Natural Environment Committee and High Park Stewards (VSP).
>> Contacts, Links & Resources Find useful contact information and other links.
Take a Guided Tour of the Black Oak Savannah with Sam Benvie
Tour prepared for Ecology and Sustainable Landscapes (CKLA 400), an online course offered at Ryerson University.
Rare Plants of the Endangered High Park Black Oak Savannah