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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.








2019 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.

Stewards High Park Stewards 2018 Work Summary Check out what we have accomplished in 2018!

2019 Upcoming Sessions


Summer sessions: Invasive Species Removal and Boulevard Beds (aka Weed Whacking)

July 14 and 28, Aug. 11

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

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, Colt’s foot dodder, goat’s 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.

Sometimes we work in the shade Yay!
June 23, 2019
Proper dress for all outdoor activities
We really want you to be protected
one of the invasives we remove in early summer
Garlic Mustard
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


Boulevard Beds

It's time to clear out a lot of unwanted cold season grasses in the Boulevard Beds. We will be re-building the fencing and working on the re-design of the Boulevard Beds, that surround the outer edge of the restaurant parking lot. We welcome volunteers to help with weeding, pruning, transplanting, raking and sweeping in preparation for future planting work. 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

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2019, 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 for extra information.

Winter Sessions

  • Jan. 27 - Urban Birds and Citizen Science, Emily Rondel*
  • Feb. 10 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning (existing active stewards only, space is limited)
  • Feb. 24 - Design Inspired by Nature with Jonas Spring*
  • March 10 - Greenhouse - Planting Seeds (existing active stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 24 - Water-Loving Native Plants: Site Examples of a Marsh Restoration and an Ecological Swimming Pool, Janice Keil*
  • April 14 - Restoration in High Park and Prescribed Burning, a walking tour
  • April 28 - Do Beauty & ‘Good’ All Year with Fusion Gardening with Sean James*
  • May 12 - Garlic Mustard Removal and Boulevard Beds

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

Spring and Summer Sessions (subject to change)

  • May 26 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 9 - Spring planting in the Tablelands (BBeds fencing and weeding
  • June 23 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 14 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 28 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 11 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 25 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

2019 Fall Sessions (subject to change)

  • Sept 8 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 22 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 13 - Seed Collecting #2 (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Oct 27 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 10 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 24 - 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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