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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.

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BROCHURE 2018

 

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 this year!


2019 Upcoming Sessions

 

Jan. 27, Urban Birds and Citizen Science with Emily Rondel

current Pingg invite

Speaker: Emily Rondel, Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Records Councillor for the Toronto Ornithological Club and former Toronto Projects Coordinator Bird Studies Canada

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

Toronto's birds and how to support them through the seasons (including participating in citizen science programs). Geared for the backyard gardener but special information for stewards.

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. We work with municipalities and other partners to look after the watersheds of the Toronto region and its Lake Ontario waterfront. We help people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is a city where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity.

More about the TRCA

Bird Studies Canada, Citizen Science

There are a number of legislative bills relating to nature protection (many of them reducing protections) under review from municipal, provincial and federal jurisdictions. If you are interested in fining out more, download this document with links. more info on bills and STOP BILL 66, from PNTO

Male Goldfinch
photo: Emily Rondel
Pine Siskin
photo: Emily Rondel
 
White-throated Sparrow
photo: Emily Rondel
Dark-eyed Junco
photo: Emily Rondel
 

We are planning other winter sessions which will be a mixture of presentations and greenhouse work.

Map of Park and HPTC

More info to come

map of restoration sites

 

 

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
 

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 (Draft)

  • Jan. 27 - Urban Birds and Citizen Science, Emily Rondel*
  • Feb. 10 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning (existing active stewards only, space is limited)
  • Feb. 24 - TBA*
  • March 10 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing active stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 24 - Restoration in your own backyard, Janice Keil*
  • April 14 - Nursery Cleanup
  • 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 (Draft)

  • May 26 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 9 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • 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 (Draft)

  • 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

 

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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