Walking Tours, Talks, Workshops & Nature Hikes

Bob Yukich

A variety of walking tours, hikes, talks and workshops are offered in High Park:

Free Sunday Walking Tours

- High Park Walking Tour Committee

Family Nature Hikes, Talks & Workshops

- High Park Nature Centre

Winter Sunday Education Sessions

- High Park Stewards

See also: Savannah Plants Guide




Download the 2017 Sunday Walking Tours brochure

Follow us on @HighParkWalks

When: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, including holidays.

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Where: Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.

Walks may go on wooded trails, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Walks are led by volunteer scientists, historians, and local naturalists who will help you to understand and explore High Park’s many significant features. Walking Tours are volunteer-led with the support of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Karen Yukich


Sunday, April 23

Spring Awakening Photo Buff Walk Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera, iPad or other photo device.

Sunday, May 7

The Amazing Birds of the Park

Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.

Sunday, May 21

The Ecology of Grenadier Pond

Spring brings big changes to Grenadier Pond and the pond centres much of the local ecosystem. Senior Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker connects the activity.

Sunday, June 4

Spring Babies at the Zoo

High Park’s zoo has been operating for over 120 years! Zookeeper Sonya Dittkrist introduces new animal arrivals. A great outing for children! Ends at the petting zoo and llama pen.

Sunday, June 18

Plants and Flowers

Naturalist Ron Luft leads a trail walk through the spring flora, exploring natural and restored areas.


High Park Nature Centre

Family walks are great for all ages! No pre-registration necessary. Walks are led by staff of the High Park Nature Centre.

All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given. More information.

All Family Nature Walks are supported by Toronto Field Naturalists. Recommended donation $2-$5 / person or donate-what-you-can. No registration required unless otherwise indicated.


Saturday, May 6, 1:30–3:00pm - Budding Blossoms

Have you ever wondered how trees reproduce? Join budding naturalists to explore how High Park trees go from sleeping skeletons to blossoming buds in the spring. Come away with some basic spring tree ID skills as well a new appreciation for trees. More details

Saturday, May 20, 1:30–3:00pm - Wild Wetlands of High Park

Come and explore the beautiful wetlands surrounding the majestic Grenadier, Toronto’s largest pond! Learn why wetlands are such an important ecosystem and who is lurking above and below Grenadier’s waters. More details

Saturday, June 3, 1:30–3:00pm - Know Your Nature led by High Park Rangers.

See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-16 year olds of the High Park Rangers have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in High Park. Not to be missed! More details

Saturday, June 17, 1:30–3:00pm - Know Your Nature led by High Park High Park Eagle Youth.

Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Eagles group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us. More details


Morning Chorus: a Pre-dawn Bird Listen Sunday, May 21, 5-7am.

Early birds will be flocking to High Park at the crack of dawn. Quietly hike to a secluded spot in High Park to hear the chorus of birdsong as the sun rises. Tons of songbirds will be passing through as spring migration will be under way and Toronto is on a bird superhighway. Bird watchers will be on hand to help us identify some of the birds we hear. There will be coffee. Please check highparknaturecentre.com for updates as the event will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or wind.

Doors Open Toronto Saturday, May 27 & Sunday, May 28, 10am-5pm

Join us during Doors Open Toronto! Explore the fascinating history and architecture of the Forest School on a self-guided tour. High Park Nature Centre staff will be available to answer any questions the heritage building, or the centre's programming. The Nature Centre's outdoor classroom will also be open for tours, and participants can plant a native species to help the teaching garden grow!

For more events within and outside High Park, see Other Groups & Events


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