Volunteer Opportunities 

High Park Stewards meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, rain or shine.


Next Sessions

High Park Stewards meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, rain or shine.








List of 2020 Sessions

About our stewardship program

Stewards Sign-up Form

Waiver Form All Stewards need to sign a City waiver document once a year when working in the park. To save time at the sessions please print and fill out these 2 pages prior to coming to work sessions. We will also have them on site. Waiver Form Instructions

Stewards Session Greeter and Boulevard Beds Group sign-up form Please fill out the form to be a greeter at the sessions that you select and/or if you wish to be part of the regular Boulevard Beds group.

Stewards High Park Stewards 2019 Work Summary Check out what we have accomplished in 2019!

Feb 23, Beautiful Blooms for Birds and Bees

Speaker: Sean James Sean James Consulting

10:30 am to 12:30 pm, HOWARD PARK TENNIS CLUB, 430 Parkside Drive

Join us as Sean James shows us how to select and grow many plants that attract and nurture birds, bees and other pollinators at all life cycle stages.


We LOVE butterflies in our gardens and we recognize that bees, upon which our food supply depends, are under stress. Any garden can be a pollinator garden and we’ll discuss how, with a brief discussion about pollinators themselves. RSVP Yes


This talk also covers attracting pollinators and other desirable wildlife to the garden. This ties into how biodiversity will benefit your garden…and how incredibly beautiful it can be.

Named by GardenMaking magazine as one of “20 Making a Difference”, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for over 35 years.

A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and international speaker; Sean is a global leader in eco-friendly landscaping with his work appearing in numerous books and manuals.

He’s worked on the national Red Seal educational program, teaches at Mohawk College and sits on the editorial board for Ontario Gardening magazine. He’s the Ontario spokesperson for Garden Days Canada, sits on several environmental committees and has appeared television and radio shows coast-to-coast.


Sean runs an environmentally-friendly company, using eco-friendly materials, recycling, composting and promoting responsible use of biological controls. The office is even powered by Bullfrog Power, using 100% green hydro and natural gas which is harvested from methane from landfills, giving it a zero-carbon footprint.

Sean James Consulting & Design, Twitter, Facebook, Fusion Gardening, Toronto Star article'



Boulevard Beds

Volunteer stewardship work continues in the Boulevard Beds lining the east edge of The Grenadier parking lot. The fencing project is ongoing and we are looking into ideas for rope to drape between the posts. Volunteers are welcome to help with maintenance that includes: weeding, pruning, transplanting, raking and sweeping. Our design will be enhanced through the addition of native plants to some areas, especially the curb edge of the North Bed. All tools will be provided, but dress in layers, bring sunscreen, water, a hat and closed shoes.

Native plants awaken in the Boulevard Beds
April 22, 2012
Stewards Cleanup and Transplanting
be part of the Boulevard Bed redesign
We're ready to plant again!
June 2017
The locates are in so we can build fences
Spring 2014


Stewards through the Year

Spring 2016 planting Group
June 12, 2016
Plants originate in the Native Plant Greenhouse
June 12, 2016
The Boulevard Bed Group
October 27, 2013
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and the park
Buckthorn Busting in the fall
October and November
Seed Collecting in late summer
in the Nursery and Tablelands
We have planted in 5 sites in the last 5 years
June 2015
Planting in the All-Star site
June 2009
Seeds Cleaning is a favourite activity
February 2015
Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
Buckthorn plants produce a huge amount of seeds
Let's catch them before they spread

2020 Proposed Sessions

Schedule for 2020, subject to change based on weather and need

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. to current session details


The Boulevard Bed Squad will have most of their sessions at the same date and time as our regular ones. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them, and for extra information.

Winter Sessions (subject to change)

  • Jan. 12 - How Healthy is High Park? Urban Forestry Update, Monitoring*
  • Jan. 26 - Indigenous Stewardship
  • Feb. 9 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning (by invite only - existing active stewards only, space is limited)
  • Feb. 23 - Sean James: Gardening: Beautiful Blooms for Birds and Bees
  • March 8 - Greenhouse - Planting Seeds (by invite only - existing active stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 22 - Project Swallowtail, creating neighbourhood pollinator corridors
  • April 12 - Easter (no session today)'''
  • April 26 - TBA* (Boulevard Bed Spring Cleanup and Transplant Tall Grasses)
  • May 10 - Garlic Mustard Removal and Boulevard Beds Spring Cleanup

Sessions with * are held at the Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive

Spring and Summer Sessions (subject to change)

  • May 24 - Garlic Mustard Removal (Boulevard Beds fencing in Middle and North Beds)
  • June 14 - Spring planting in the Tablelands (Boulevard Beds contouring of South Beds)
  • June 28 - Invasive plant Removal (Boulevard Beds contouring of South Beds)
  • July 12 - Invasive plant Removal (Boulevard Beds maintenance - remove weeds, litter)
  • July 26 - Invasive plant Removal (Boulevard Beds maintenance)
  • Aug 9 - Invasive plant Removal (Boulevard Beds maintenance)
  • Aug 23 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

Fall Sessions (subject to change)

  • Sept 13 - Fall planting (prepare Boulevard Beds for fall planting)
  • Sept 27 - Seed collecting (Boulevard Beds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 11 - Thanksgiving (no session today)
  • Oct 25 - Buckthorn Busting (Boulevard Beds cleanup/rake/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds)
  • Nov 8 - Buckthorn Busting (Boulevard Beds Cleanup)
  • Nov 22 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (prepare Boulevard Beds for winter)

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will have most of their sessions at the same date and time as our regular ones. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them, and for extra information.

Outdoor sessions are dependent on weather and growing conditions and what is determined to be the greatest need for our volunteer efforts.


High Park Stewards meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, rain or shine.


About the High Park Stewards and Past Sessions


Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

If you would like to be added to the email list please email stewards@highparknature.org.

Mailing address for legal purposes: High Park Stewards c/o High Park Nature Centre, PO Box 30044, Toronto, ON M6P 3K0


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