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

Sunday Education Sessions (winter only)

- 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, July 2

More Bees Please

There are 364 species of bees in High Park! Urban bee researcher Scott MacIvor shows how nature’s pollinators contribute to the park’s ecosystem.

Sunday, July 16

Exploring Spring Creek Ravine

Arborist Steve Smith investigates the geography of the defining natural feature of High Park’s east side.

Sunday, August 6

Caterpillars, Moths and Butterflies

Popular science teacher and writer Don Scallen shares his knowledge of these beautiful creatures. Very hands-on and interactive. A favourite with children.

Sunday, August 20

Native Plants and Flowers

Local naturalist and photographer Karen Yukich tours natural restoration sites, explaining the work being done to return the park’s plant life to its original beauty.

Sunday, September 3

Insects and Their Habitats

Entomologist Taylor Leedahl uncovers the elusive insect residents of High Park.

Sunday, September 10

Fall Plants and Flowers

Bob Kortright, of the Toronto Field Naturalists shows how plants produce seed in the fall and prepare to regenerate.

Sunday, September 17

Myths and Legends of High Park

Mystery and history of High Park with lively narration by the Colborne Lodge Staff..


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 indicated.



Saturday, Sept. 23, 1:30–3:00pm - Nuts About Seeds - Family Nature Walk

Plants have developed many amazing strategies to spread their seeds, such as being hitchhikers, tummy travelers or wind dancers! Join us on a walk to look for as many seedy specimens as we can find and marvel about the variety of ways seeds can travel through High Park.

More details

Saturday, Sept. 23, 7:00am-10:00pm - Little BioBlitz - Special Event

Come to our Little BioBlitz, an event for children, youth, and families! Join the High Park Nature Centre’s educators and guest expert naturalists as we document as many species of possible in OURSpace, our outdoor classroom and restoration space. A series of family-friendly workshops will be offered to introduce participants to the plants, animals, birds and insects of High Park. All data collected will be submitted to iNaturalist and our discoveries will be used as a baseline for future monitoring of ecological restoration efforts in OURSpace.

More details


Fee: $50

Drawing Trees with Botanical Artist Nellie Sue Potter Saturday, September 16, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Learn techniques for drawing trees and tree parts. We will be outdoors, drawing trees, weather permitting. If it rains, we will be inside, drawing tree specimens such as leaves, tree fruit, bark and other tree treasures found in High Park in mid-September. This course is suitable for all levels. More details and register

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


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