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Volunteer Opportunities 

High Park Stewards – Next Sessions


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







High Park Stewards 20th Anniversary, Jan. 22, 2017

Speakers: Former and current Stewards and city staff involved with our stewardship program

10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3

The first light S. of Bloor from Keele. It's the brown building in the back. Please enter via the bottom door. Free.

Full Pingg invite

The photo to the right was taken at our pot-luck lunch on Nov. 27, 2016

Schedule and details:

From 10:30 to 12:30 there will be people discussing our work over the past 20 years. This will include volunteers and city staff who were there at the beginning and current ones.

We would love to have you share your own stories of what High Park and Volunteering mean to you.

There will be lots of photos from the past and current including our volunteers, our restoration sites, the plants we put in and the invasive species we remove.

We have had over 11,000 participants working over 30,000 hours in the past 20 years, and hope that many more will join us.

At 12:30 we will be having lunch and socializing.


2017 Upcoming Sessions

For our hands-on work, all Stewards need to sign a City waiver document once a year. To save time at the sessions please print and fill out these 2 pages prior to coming (beginning Feb. 12, 2017). We will also have them on site. Waiver Form

About our stewardship program

Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and for the park
Buckthorn busting is great for students
collect volunteer hours
Buckthorn Busters 2015
November 22, 2015
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 2013

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2017, subject to change based on weather and need

2017 Winter and Spring Sessions

  • Jan. 22 - Stewards 20th anniversary
  • Feb. 12 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 26 - Presentation - Biological control of Invasive plant species with W.D. McIlveen
  • March 12 - Greenhouse - Transplanting
  • March 26 - Presentation - Native Plants in your garden with Lorraine Johnson
  • April 9 - Nursery Cleanup
  • April 23 - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation: protection of water and Toronto's ravines; creating complete communities through urban intensification.
  • May 7 - Plant Sale

2017 summer and fall sessions

  • May 28 - Garlic Mustard Removal
  • June 11 - Spring planting
  • June 25 - Invasive plant Removal
  • July 9 - Invasive plant Removal
  • July 23 - Invasive plant Removal
  • Aug 13 - Invasive plant Removal
  • Aug 27 - Invasive plant Removal
  • Sept 10 - Fall planting
  • Sept 24 - Seed collecting
  • Oct 22 - Buckthorn Busting
  • Nov 12 - Buckthorn Busting
  • Nov 26 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch

The Elite Squad which holds special sessions removing invasive species like garlic mustard is looking for a group leader. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to be the group leader.

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will be determining their schedule, with monthly maintenance of the beds spring to fall. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them.

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 2016 Past Sessions


Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

2015 session dates and draft topics and the Stewards 2014 Brochure

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


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