This page was last updated February 15, 2020
There are many activities happening in Toronto and beyond online that you may also be interested in attending or groups that you may want to receive newsletters from. Here are a few of them to get you started.
UPCOMING ONLINE WEBINARS AND MEETINGS
Free Gardening and iNaturalist Webinars April 6 to 11 Webinars on National Wildlife Week
Topics include Observations from Isolation: Recording Wildlife With iNaturalist Canada, Creating a Wildlife-friendly Garden, #DoMoreForWildlife
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS AND GROUPS
In the Zone Gardens
In September and October, WWF-Canada, along with various local collaborators, is participating in a series of neighbourhood events to help communities restore wildlife habitat in parts of West Toronto. ITZ Upcoming Events and main website
Project Swallowtail We’re looking for volunteers interested in becoming Block Ambassadors for a habitat restoration initiative in west Toronto. Sign-up form
Green 13 is a group of Ward 13 residents concerned about the impact humans are having on our climate and environment. Green 13 website Subscribe to their excellent newsletter
North American Native Plant Society (NANPS)
NANPS is committed to preserving native plant habitat in wild areas and restoring indigenous flora to developed areas. main website
NANPS Spring 2020 Speaker Series The Pollinators: Wild Bees, Butterflies Multi-Faith Centre (Koffler Building) University of Toronto. 7:00 to 8:30 pm
March 4, Bees with Laurence Packer and April 15, Butterflies with Jessica Linton
Seedy Saturdays various dates and locations
The Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto
The focus of the Horticultural Societies of Parkdale & Toronto is community gardening — making it accessible to those of all ages and physical or mental abilities. The funds raised at our annual Plant Fair and the Garden Tour go to support approximately fifteen community gardens. There are also presentations and many projects. main website
GARDEN JANE PERMACULTURE WORKSHOPS
Stewardship and Environmental News
This is an excellent resource and Blog by Jason Ramsay-Brown
Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests a new book on our urban forests ravines.to
CANADA BLOOMS March 13 to 22, 2020
2020 theme: Birds of a Feather Enercare Centre, Toronto
Stewardship Network Monthly Webcasts from noon to 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, covering a variety of conservation and land management topics.
COMMUNITY STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
This newsletter contains great information on other city stewardship groups. Calendar of Stewardship Sessions. Also see Twitter Toronto Forestry and Facebook Nature in the city and the city website Green Toronto Stewardship Program and Community Stewardship Newsletter September.
A resource for aspiring native plant gardeners, providing advice, native plants, workshops, landscape design, stormwater attenuation, and environmental consulting services.
Colborne Lodge Events
Follow John Howard's journey to Canada on Facebook (see entries from 2013)
New Funding for Park Groups
The Partnership Development Unit of Parks, Forestry & Recreation helps grassroots community groups with their fundraising projects, and we welcome support and funding from corporations, foundations and philanthropists. Working together, we have successfully raised millions of dollars for parks, recreation and urban forestry projects for the benefit of Torontonians and visitors. Please contact us to discuss your needs and projects.
Also see Park People for Weston Family Grants to Parks.
Toronto Botanical Gardens Toronto Botanical Gardens 777 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto, ON. TBG offers an array of 17 award-winning themed gardens spanning nearly four acres, designed to educate and inspire. You'll also find a complete range of innovative indoor and outdoor learning experiences for all ages including programs, garden tours, nature day camps, organic farmers' market and an extensive horticultural library. Events
Toronto Community Garden Network TCG members are committed to greening and sustainable gardening practices across the City of Toronto, and to make community gardening an integral part of city life. Check events in Feb-Mar for Seedy Saturday and Sundays
Upcoming Events and Workshops - LEAF LEAF has many activities and demonstration native plant gardens at specific subway secondary entrances (including High Park).
Gardening Resources - information on gardening with native plants.
There are many condo developments proposed and underway across from High Park. If you are concerned or want to find out more about the impact of this activity please see the following links. Please also contact your City Councillor.
HPTA High Park Tenants Association
FMTA Federation of Metro Tenants Associations
Grenadier Square Development Natural Heritage Impact Study November 2013 Study
Explore the wildflower diversity of High Park with seasoned naturalist and educator Richard Aaron. Each of the hikes will focus on the intriguing variety of plants blooming at that time, along with ample discussions on their natural history, ecology, lore and uses.
Save the Plants, Save the World...
Plant Rescue Alert - sign up at email@example.com
Speak Up Against Changes to the Endangered Species Act
Sponsored by Ontario Nature. The Ministry of Natural Resources has put forward recommendations that would weaken protection for Ontario’s at-risk wildlife. Sweeping new exemptions to our Endangered Species Act (ESA) are on the table that would allow industry to dodge crucial protection measures. Say no to further endangering already endangered species! Take action now!.
Also see ESA Exemptions A Science Matters column by David Suzuki and Rachel Plotkin dealing with ESA exemptions and other examples of environmental deregulation across the country.
NATURAL GARDEN EXEMPTION
Bylaw Change approved by City Council Nov. 29, 2012:
UPDATE: On March 29th, the city sent staff to cut and remove Deborah Dale's boulevard native plant garden despite her sending notification that she had complied with their every changing objections.
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS - City of Toronto
Toronto Entomologists' Association
Meetings, insect counts, field trips. READ MORE
Live Green Toronto - Events and Programs
City-wide Fall Community Planting Events
Check for updated postings on the City's website.
Plantings are a perfect activity for community groups, individuals and families, and all are welcome to attend. For groups over 10 people, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 311 (they will transfer you) to let staff know how many are in your group and the location at which you would like to help. Individuals and families can just arrive on planting day and join in.
EcoSpark's Live Green Toronto Programs EcoSpark
Carden Nature Festival Check here for past and next year's festival info (when posted)
A Smorgasbord of Biodiversity. More than 100 activities to choose from. Carden Recreation Centre, 258 Lake Dalrymple Road. 15 min. from Kirkfield. Festival info
Visit City Services Review Results, for links to reports from the City's Services Review survey
Canada’s first “smartphone friendly” public garden at Toronto’s Artscape Wychwood Barns. The LLG is open to everyone and contains nearly 50 native plants found in southern Ontario. Each plant is labeled with a small sign containing common and Latin names, several educational symbols and a QR code. Each QR code, which can be read by smartphones and tablets, is linked to a webpage containing species specific information about each plant. perennials, shrubs and trees
Tree Tenders Volunteer Training
This multi-day course is designed for individuals who want to gain tree-related knowledge and skills. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about trees, and how to properly care for them then this course for you!
Nature Walks (a few of the offerings) Toronto Field Naturalists Nature Walks
Introduction to Organic Gardening and Permaculture Workshop Programs for adults and children.
Garden Jane Intro to Permaculture Design Sept 14 to 16 2018, Mitigating Climate Change through Regenerative Soil Work.
Toronto Field Naturalists Promoting a love of nature in Toronto since 1923.
ProtectNatureTO Advocating for the protection of wildlife and natural areas across the City of Toronto
Ontario Nature Please sign the Ontario Nature's 20/20 Vision: A Biodiversity Charter for Ontario
LEAF Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests, backyard tree planting, native plant kits and much more.
Native Plant Girl An excellent resource listing for Stewardship in Toronto.
Farms at Work Promoting healthy and active farmlands in East Central Ontario. Info on native pollinators and sustainable agriculture.
The Sustainability Network works with environmental non-profits to make them more effective and efficient.
Evergreen Brickworks Open year-round, Evergreen Brick Works is a community environmental centre that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably.
Park People Park People is mobilizing all who care about parks to address the challenges now and work cooperatively together to make our parks the best they can possibly be.
Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation Founded in 2002, the TPTF is a charitable Public Foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto's parks.