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Welcome to High Park, one of Toronto's most significant natural areas!

 
 

TOURS, TALKS & WORKSHOPS

 

Grenadier Pond Ecology and Climate Change - Sunday Walk Sunday, March 17, 10:30 am to 12 noon. Christine Tu-Parker will discuss the impact of global warming for Grenadier Pond. Free. Meet at the square of benches south of Grenadier Restaurant. More Info

 

Time Traveling in High Park - Family Nature Walk Saturday, March 23, 1:30 to 3:00 pm at the High Park Nature Centre. High Park has gone through massive changes over the past 500 years. Learn about the incredible species that used to exist, and creatures that have replaced them. More info

 

Special Earth Hour Event - Family Nature Walk Saturday, March 30, 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the High Park Nature Centre. Join us for a lights out event that begins with candle dipping and lantern making. The lanterns will light our way as we hike and learn about the impact of climate change on the park's animals and plants. Our walk ends with a campfire and s'mores. Fee: $20. Children under 3 are free. More info

More Sunday walks

More Family Walks, Talks and Workshops

 

NEWS & SIGHTINGS

ENJOYING THE WINTER SUN

This coyote is basking in the winter sun on a High Park slope. Learn more about coyotes and other High Park mammals.

 
 

HARVESTING ICE

In the days before artificial refrigeration, Torontonians harvested ice from local natural sources—including Grenadier Pond! READ MORE (Torontoist article by David Wencer)

More about High Park in Winter

 

PHRAGMITES TREATMENT

Phragmites australis has invaded Grenadier Pond. Starting fall 2018 Toronto Region Conservation has begun a multi-year removal strategy, with support from Urban Forestry.

READ MORE and MAP

 

MORE ABOUT HIGH PARK

Find out what makes High Park such an outstanding natural area. READ MORE and Facts & Figures

 
 

RESEARCH ITEMS

View our list of research articles on tallgrass prairie, invasive species and other related items. Academic Research List (.pdf) and Research

 

Toronto Biodiversity Strategy

The Biodiversity Strategy supports other City initiatives such as the Toronto Ravine Strategy and Pollinator Strategy. Draft Strategy, booklets, legislation

VOLUNTEER

High Park Stewards

March 24 Native Plants: Site Examples of a Marsh Restoration and an Ecological Swimming Pool

Speaker: Janice Keil

10:30am to 12:30pm. Howard Park Tennis Club. 430 Parkside Dr.

More current stewardship program information and photos.

Follow us on      VOLUNTEER!

2018 photos and volunteers

 

RESOURCES

NATIVE PLANT GARDENING

High Park Stewards Plant Resources page

 

Savannah Plants brochure (pdf 8.5x14) to take on your visit to our Restoration Sites (pdf).

In the Zone A resource for native plant gardeners

Garden Jane newsletter

 

See a list of gardening resources.

 

Natural Environment Committee

Natural Environment Committee - next meeting TBD.

Read the October 2018 issue of UPDATE with news about our recent activities.

PAST ISSUES OF UPDATE NEWSLETTER. More details


Ontario Endangered Species Act

 

Please sign the SOS: SAVE ONTARIO SPECIES Ontario Nature petition to stop changes to the Ontario Endangered Species Act that will remove protections to recover Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals.

 

Other actions to take to protect nature

 

Join us and many nature protection and citizen groups and thousands of Ontarians making efforts to stop the obliteration of years of struggle to establish and bring into force essential environmental protection laws in Ontario. See ProtectNatureTO for additional information.

 

You can help protect High Park

If you see any behaviour infractions, dead animals, safety hazards or other problems in the park, call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca. More key contacts and tips on how to use the park responsibly.

 

PLANNING UPDATES

A Natural Heritage Impact Study has been produced as part of the Bloor West Village Avenue Study. See also the Apartment Neighbourhood study

 

OTHER GROUPS' EVENTS

There are many activities happening in Toronto that you may also be interested in attending. READ MORE. See also The Local Scoop

Green 13 Newsletter

 

ROM Discount for Nature Lovers

Save 20% off ROM admission. Buy your tickets at ROM to Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Use the promo code WILDLIFE18 until Mar. 31, 2019. Enter the ROM Wildlife Photographer Contest by Feb. 15, 2019. Contest details here.

 

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