Walking Tours, Talks, Workshops & Nature Hikes

Bob Yukich

A variety of walking tours, hikes, talks and workshops are offered in High Park:

Free Sunday Walking Tours

- High Park Walking Tour Committee

Family Nature Hikes, Talks & Workshops

- High Park Nature Centre

Sunday Education Sessions (winter only)

- High Park Stewards

See also: Savannah Plants Guide




Download the 2018 Sunday Walking Tours brochure

Follow us on @HighParkWalks

When: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, including holidays.

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Where: Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.

Walks may go on wooded trails, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Walks are led by volunteer scientists, historians, and local naturalists who will help you to understand and explore High Park’s many significant features. Walking Tours are volunteer-led with the support of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Karen Yukich


Sunday, March 18

Grenadier Pond Awakens Spring brings big changes to Grenadier pond and the pond centres much of the local ecosystem. Senior Aquatic Ecologist Christine Tu-Parker connects the activity.

Sunday, April 8

My Favourite Trails Visit some of High Park's special places with Councillor Sarah Doucette.

Sunday, April 22

Spring Photo Buff Walk Professional photographer David Allen helps you frame the best seasonal images. Bring your camera, iPad or other photo device.

Sunday, May 6

The Amazing Birds of the Park

Listen, watch, spot and identify resident and migratory birds with experienced birder Brian Bailey.

Sunday, May 20

Visiting the Zoo

High Park’s zoo has been operating for over 120 years! The Zookeeper introduces new animal arrivals. A great outing for children! Ends at the petting zoo and llama pen.


High Park Nature Centre

Family walks are great for all ages! No pre-registration necessary. Walks are led by staff of the High Park Nature Centre.

All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given. More information.

All Family Nature Walks are supported by Toronto Field Naturalists.

Adult workshops are aimed at an audience looking to learn more about nature. No previous knowledge is required!

Registration is required for all workshops.

Questions and more information: naturecentre@highpark.org or call 416-392-1748. Our Office Hours are between 9am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. More information.



Recommended donation $2-$5 / person or donate-what-you-can. No registration required unless indicated.


Adults: $50 - $60

Seniors: (ages 60+): $44

Saturday, April 7, 1:30 – 3:00pm - Signs of Spring - Family Nature Walk

I saw the sign…of spring in High Park – and it opened up my eyes! Come join us and count the signs of spring on a hike through Toronto’s biggest park. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!

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Saturday April 21, 1:30 to 3:00 pm - Nifty Nests and Bouncy Babies - Family Nature Walk

Springtime breathes new life into High Park as many of our residents are having babies! Join us to explore who is being born at this time of year as well as looking out for their nifty and creative nests. You’ll also learn about some of the most quirky mating behaviours. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family!

No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. More details

Saturday, April 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm - Outdoor Play in the Early Years - Adult Workshop Experienced early years educators and naturalists Sinéad Rafferty and Claire McCann focus on the importance of getting children outside in their early years. Learn practical approaches for incorporating outdoor education into the lives of children under 5 years. You will be inspired to tune into your surroundings, so you, and little ones in your life, may delve deeper into nature together. Cost: $55 - please register More details and register

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Birding for Beginners - Adult Workshop, Part 1 of 2 - Indoors

In this first of two workshops, learn the basics of birding from naturalist and long-time birdwatcher, Zak Smith. Identify birds by sight and sound, and practice using a field guide and binoculars to their maximum potential,. Early Bird: $50 (Must register at least three weeks in advance), Regular: $60, Seniors (age 60+): $44

More details and register

Saturday, May 5, 8:00 - 10:00 - Birding for Beginners - Adult Workshop, Part 2 of 2 - Outdoors In this second workshop, find out where to look for birds in High Park and beyond. Practice skills with a guided birding hike to birding hotspots and look for some of the Park's common, rare, and migratory Spring birds. The hike is moderate in difficulty and will be led by naturalist and long-time birdwatcher, Zak Smith. Inclement weather date: Sunday, May 6th, 8:00 - 10:00 am.

Early Bird: $50 (Must register at least three weeks in advance), Regular: $60, Seniors (age 60+): $44

More details and register

Saturday, May 5, 1:30 to 3:00 pm - Budding Blossoms - Family Nature Walk Have you wondered how trees reproduce? Join budding naturalists to explore how High Park trees go from sleeping skeletons to brimming with blossoming buds in the spring. Come away with some basic spring tree ID skills as well a new appreciation for trees. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! More details

Saturday, May 19, 1:30 to 3:00 pm - The Birds are Back in Town - Family Nature Walk It's been a long journey but High Park's migrating birds are back in full force! Come hike through the woods to listen and look for our feathered friends. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! More details

Thursday, May 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Spring Songbirds - Part 1 of 2 - Adult Workshop - Indoors Birdwatching should also be called bird-listening! Birds of all kinds are known for their incredible songs and calls, and birding by ear is a sure way to find and appreciate all sorts of bird life that aren't obvious to the eye. Join Bird Studies Project Coordinator Emily Rondel and learn the basics of birding by ear and all about the common bird songs and calls of High Park. More details Early Bird: $50 (Must register at least three weeks in advance), Regular: $60, Seniors (age 60+): $44

Saturday, May 26, 7:00 - 9:00 am - Spring Songbirds - Part 2 of 2 - Adult Workshop - Outdoors Join Emily Rondel from Bird Studies Canada for a hike in High Park to listen for and see our spring songbirds. At the discretion of the workshop leader, the outdoor portion of this workshop may need to be rescheduled due to severe weather. The Nature Centre will email participants at least one and half hours prior to the program start time. Inclement weather date: Saturday, June 2nd, 7:00 - 9:00 AM. More details

Saturday, June 9, 1:30 to 3:00 pm - Know Your Nature - Family Nature Walk See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-16 year olds of the High Park's Eagles Youth have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in High Park. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! More details

Sunday, June 17, 2:00 to 5:00 pm - Intro to Landscape Drawing in the High Park Savannah - Adult Workshop Enjoy a nature-filled afternoon in High Park drawing the stunning Black Oak Savannah. Participants will learn the fundamentals of landscape composition and classic drawing techniques using dry media, while finding inspiration in the natural surroundings. Each student will receive individual attention from art instructor Alan Li. Beginners are welcome! The hike is moderate in difficulty. Inclement Weather date: Sunday, June 24th, 2:00 - 5:00 PM. More information and materials to bring Early Bird: $45 (Must register at least three weeks in advance), Regular: $50, Seniors (age 60+): $39

Saturday, June 23, 1:30 - 3:00 pm - Know Your Nature - Family Nature Walk Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! More details

For more events within and outside High Park, see Other Groups & Events


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