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Welcome to High Park, one of Toronto's most significant natural areas!

 
 

TOURS, TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Know Your Nature - Family Nature Walk Saturday, February 23, 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the High Park Nature Centre. Join the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers to learn about High Park's plants and animals. Explore the woodlands and black oak savannah and connect with nature. More Info

 

Family Owl Prowl - Special Event Saturday, March 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the High Park Nature Centre. Join us to learn about the owls of High Park! This event includes: an interactive slideshow, dissection of a real owl pellet, a night hike through the trails of High Park to explore owl habitat and trying out owl calls. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Fee/Suggested Donation: $10 / person (adults and children ages 4 and above). Children under 4 are free. More Info

 

High Park Through the Ages - Sunday Walk Sunday, March 3, 10:30 am to 12 noon. With Dave Berndorff. Free. Meet at the square of benches south of Grenadier Restaurant. More Info

 

Furry Things - Family Nature Walk Saturday, March 9, 1:30 to 3 pm. Meet at the High Park Nature Centre. Learn about the furry creatures and plants found in High Park in winter. Some you might know from your own backyard; others might surprise you! More Info

 

More Sunday walks

More Family Walks, Talks and Workshops

 

NEWS & SIGHTINGS

ENJOYING THE WINTER SUN

This coyote is basking in the winter sun on a High Park slope. Learn more about coyotes and other High Park mammals.

 
 

HARVESTING ICE

In the days before artificial refrigeration, Torontonians harvested ice from local natural sources—including Grenadier Pond! READ MORE (Torontoist article by David Wencer)

More about High Park in Winter

 

PHRAGMITES TREATMENT

Phragmites australis has invaded Grenadier Pond. Starting fall 2018 Toronto Region Conservation has begun a multi-year removal strategy, with support from Urban Forestry.

READ MORE and MAP

 

MORE ABOUT HIGH PARK

Find out what makes High Park such an outstanding natural area. READ MORE and Facts & Figures

 
 

PLANNING UPDATES

A Natural Heritage Impact Study has been produced as part of the Bloor West Village Avenue Study. See also the Apartment Neighbourhood study

 

RESEARCH ITEMS

View our list of research articles on tallgrass prairie, invasive species and other related items. Academic Research List (.pdf) and Research

VOLUNTEER

High Park Stewards

Feb 24: Design Inspired by Nature

Speaker: Jonas Spring

10:30am to 12:30pm. Howard Park Tennis Club. 430 Parkside Dr.

More current stewardship program information and photos.

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2018 photos and volunteers

 

RESOURCES

NATIVE PLANT GARDENING

High Park Stewards Plant Resources page

 

Savannah Plants brochure (pdf 8.5x14) to take on your visit to our Restoration Sites (pdf).

In the Zone A resource for native plant gardeners

Garden Jane newsletter

 

See a list of gardening resources.

 

Natural Environment Committee

Natural Environment Committee - next meeting TBD.

Read the October 2018 issue of UPDATE with news about our recent activities.

PAST ISSUES OF UPDATE NEWSLETTER. More details


Toronto Biodiversity Strategy

Public Consultations

Feb 20, 26,28 various locations and on Mar 2 at The Royal Ontario Museum 100 Queen’s Park Crescent, Timothy Eaton Theatre, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The City’s goal is to refine and finalize the Biodiversity Strategy and bring it to Council for adoption in spring of 2019. The Biodiversity Strategy supports other City initiatives such as the Toronto Ravine Strategy and Pollinator Strategy.


STOP BILL 66 Actions to take provided by ProtectNatureTO and PETITION TO STOP BILL 66

Join us and many nature protection and citizen groups and thousands of Ontarians making efforts to stop Bill 66 from obliterating years of struggle to establish and bring into force essential environmental protection laws in Ontario.

 

You can help protect High Park

If you see any behaviour infractions, dead animals, safety hazards or other problems in the park, call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca. More key contacts and tips on how to use the park responsibly.

 
 

OTHER GROUPS' EVENTS

There are many activities happening in Toronto that you may also be interested in attending. READ MORE. See also The Local Scoop

 

ROM Discount for Nature Lovers

Save 20% off ROM admission. Buy your tickets at ROM to Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Use the promo code WILDLIFE18 until Mar. 31, 2019. Enter the ROM Wildlife Photographer Contest by Feb. 15, 2019. Contest details here.

 

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