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HIGH PARK NATURE is a joint project of the High Park Natural Environment Committee and High Park Stewards (VSP). We welcome your feedback, suggestions, articles and photos. Please contact us at mail@highparknature.org

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TO RECEIVE EMAILS about High Park nature and stewardship events, contact mail@highparknature.org

TO GET INVOLVED contact stewards@highparknature.org

ABOUT THE PHOTOS: Most of the photos on this site were contributed by local photographers and taken in High Park. Please do not copy or reproduce them without permission.


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N E W S  &   E V E N T S

WALKING TOURS & WORKSHOPS

Orienteering Saturday, April 26, 1:30-3.00pm. Join our special “Earth Day orienteering course” to learn about the important natural wonders of High Park. Meet at the High Park Nature Centre. More details

Spring Birding Workshop Two-part event: Thursday, May 8, 7-9 pm: Indoor Workshop. Sunday, May 11, 7.30-9.30 am: Guided Birdwatching Hike (moderate difficulty). Cost: $45 ($40 early bird to April 25). Location: High Park Nature Centre. Register

More Family Walks and Workshops

The Amazing Birds of the Park with Brian Bailey, Sunday, May 4, 10.30am. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe. More Sunday walks.

 

CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Please walk, cycle or use the TTC when you visit the cherry blossoms (not in bloom yet). Check here for updates. READ MORE.

WHERE'S THE FIRE?

There will be no prescribed burn in High Park in spring 2014. Instead, Forestry staff are focusing on removal of invasive trees and shrubs and other strategies to help restore the black oak savannah.

 

Natural Environment Committee

Read the January 2014 issue of UPDATE with news from the Jan. 12 High Park Natural Environment Committee meeting. PAST ISSUES

 

HIGH PARK PHOTO-OP

If you would like to contribute photos for this website, please contact mail@highparknature.org. Also, check out David Allen's invitation to have your photo featured on his 2015 High Park calendar.

 

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.


VOLUNTEER: High Park Stewards

Restoration Site Maintenance

Sunday, April 27, 2014

10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

We will work on some of our restoration sites as needed. Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30am.

More stewardship program information and photos.

Contact us at stewards@highparknature.org.

Also see High Park Stewards on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

NATIVE PLANT SALE

High Park Stewards Native Plant Sale

Sunday, May 11, 2014, 11am to 2 pm.

 

NATIVE PLANT GARDENING

See GARDENING RESOURCES.

 

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

 

HELP PROTECT HIGH PARK

If you see any behaviour infractions or other problems in the park, call 311. At the very least, your concern will be logged. Large numbers of calls on particular issues can make a difference.

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.

Concerns re developments near 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

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


BACK TO TOP

A B O U T   H I G H    P A R K

 

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.

S I T E   G U I D E

WHAT'S INSIDE

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.

LOOKING FOR MORE?

 
 

Browse through the MENU on the left side of the page.

 
 

Enter keywords in the SEARCH BOX on the right side of the page.

 
 

Send your question to mail@highpark.org.


Download the Jewel Brochure An introduction to the natural features and restoration programs of High Park

 
 

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.

Watch it on YouTube or Google Maps or this webapp.

Rare Plants of the Endangered High Park Black Oak Savannah

For more  information about this Volunteer Stewardship Program Guidebook, please see this poster (pdf) or Rare Plant Book Page

View sample pages


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