Volunteer Opportunities 

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


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








2018 Upcoming Sessions

About our stewardship program


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.

2018 Upcoming Sessions

Boulevard Beds Schedule 2018


Summer sessions: Invasive Species Removal (aka Weed Whacking)

July 22, Aug. 12 and 26

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. (please check here on the session morning at 9 am if the weather is questionable in case we need to cancel)

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant, rain or shine (but not during thunderstorms)

The Targets: Garlic mustard, hedge parsley, ragweed, tall sweet white clover, and more!

For your protection, please dress as per the photo below, long sleeves and pants, closed shoes and socks, a hat and bring water and sunscreen. We will supply tools and gloves. Pingg invitation to current session

Although our native savannah plants require less water than others when established, we may be watering our planting sites if required. Urban Forestry has a "Rainbird" tank of water that we use to fill watering cans. We really hope it won't be necessary and that all of the plants in the park will be replenished naturally.

Maintenance aka weeding is as important as planting and equally rewarding. Once the weeds are removed the native plants have room to grow, display their beauty and do their work providing food and shelter for wildlife.

We will be working in our restoration sites weeding and monitoring the growth of native plants in the site. The Boulevard Beds group will also be working to update our demonstration garden.

We have a number of restoration areas where work has been going on for a number of years, including the Sculpure Garden site, the All-Star site, Site 10A near Bloor Street and The Tablelands (behind the Grenadier Restaurant).

The main suspects in High Park are Garlic Mustard, Hedge Parsley, Himalayan Balsam, Oriental Bittersweet, Ragweed, Sweet White Clover, Queen Anne's Lace, Motherwort, Burdock etc. Dog Strangling Vine is being handled by Urban Forestry.

It is really amazing how our group can make such a difference in one morning.

For more information on Restoration work Planting Native Species and Ecological Restoration. Of course there is also the ever-popular Invasive Plant Species

Steve Smith has generously provided us with a copy of his presentation to the High Park Stewards on Feb. 24, 2013. This is an excellent practical resource guide.Management of Invasive Species in Toronto Parks

On the updated Ontario noxious weed list are: common barberry, dog-strangling vine, European buckthorn, bull thistle, Canada thistle, wild carrot, Coltís foot dodder, goatís beard, Johnson grass, knapweed, nodding thistle, poison hemlock, poison ivy, proso millet, ragweed, yellow rocket, Russian thistle, Scotch thistle, sow thistle, cypress spurge, leafy spurge, tuberous vetchling, giant hogweed.

No hoses here, just buckets
Urban Forestry "Rainbird"
New plants need gentle watering
Many, many watering cans worth are needed
Our sites can use some help
Site 10A August 2012
Proper dress for all outdoor activities
We really want you to be protected
Garlic Mustard
Tall Sweet White Clover
one of the invasives we remove in early summer
Asian Bittersweet up close
High Park September 2010
Hedge Parsley
A problem all summer
Himalayan Balsam
one of the prettier invasives we remove in mid summer
A native plant but still invasive
Himalayan Balsam - Before
July 27, 2014
Himalayan Balsam - After
July 27, 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

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2018, subject to change based on weather and need

2018 Winter and Spring Sessions (Draft-subject to change)

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 for extra information.

  • Jan. 28 - Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario; the Environmental Commissionerís Perspective
  • Feb. 11 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 25 - Presentation - In the Zone, growing native plants
  • March 11 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 25 - Nature, Restoration Ecology and Health with Ben Porchuk
  • April 8 - Nursery Cleanup
  • April 22 - Boulevard Beds cleanup and Fence Post installation)
  • May 13 - Boulevard Beds Fence Building

*May 20 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

2018 summer and fall sessions

  • May 27 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 10 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 24 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 8 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 22 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 12 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 26 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Sept 9 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 23 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 14 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Oct 28 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 11 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 25 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds 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 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


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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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