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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

 

SUNDAY WALKING TOURS

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Download the 2017 Sunday Walking Tours brochure

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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

FALL SCHEDULE

October 1

Passion and Poetry Writer Julia Bennett guides us through literary expressions of the park’s natural beauty.

October 15

Autumn Splendour Photo-Buff Walk Bring your camera or photo device and shoot nature’s colourful glory with High Park photographer David Allen.

November 5

Geological Wonders and Origins Frank Remiz, writer, researcher and student of geology, unearths the secrets of the park’s topography and geological history.

November 19

Art of the Park A trek around the many sculpture sites in the park with art teacher Grace Petrucci.

December 3

High Park through the Ages Local history buff Dave Berndorff traces the evolution of well-known spots in the park from original settlement to the present.

December 17

Holiday Hike An informal stress-relieving holiday outing. A brisk but casual social walk ending with hot cider at Colborne Lodge.

FAMILY NATURE HIKES, TALKS & WORKSHOPS

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.

 

FAMILY NATURE WALKS

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

SPECIAL EVENT

Tickets $10 (children under 3 free)


Saturday, Oct. 7, 1:30–3:00pm - Fantastic Fairies - Family Nature Walk

If you were a fairy, would you live in High Park? There are many ideal places for fairy homes such as mossy tree roots and abandoned chipmunk burrows. With so many fairy supplies available such as acorn cap cups, pine needle brooms and birch bark beds, High Park just might be a magical fairyland! Join us for a fun family walk which will stimulate your imagination and open your senses.

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Oct. 27 & 29, 6-8pm - Halloween Howl - Special Event

Halloween Howl is back! Explore the haunting side of nature at our “Halloween Howl” night hike. This walk through the woodlands will lead to lots of creepy nature spots to learn the not-so-scary truth about bats, spiders, toads, gnomes and decomposers. Finish off the night by warming up around a campfire. Fun for all ages! Costumes are recommended but not required. Don't forget to bring a glass jar to make your own lantern!

Space is limited: Register & more details


Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30–3:00 pm - The Raptors of High Park - Family Nature Walk

Come learn about the raptors of High Park! They may not play basketball, but these birds of prey have some incredible adaptations. We’ll introduce you to the birds of prey that reside in High Park year-round such as Red-tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls and Cooper’s Hawks. We’ll also take you to Hawk Hill to search for the raptors that can be seen soaring over High Park as they migrate south to their wintering grounds. Join us to learn about the fascinating characteristics of raptors and the best places to spot them in High Park.

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ADULT WORKSHOP

Fall Birding for Beginners - Adult Workshop 2-part workshop: Thursday, October 19, 6-8pm and Saturday, October 21, 8-10am. Learn the basics of birding from expert birder Emily Rondel! This 2-part adult nature workshop will teach you how to identify common fall birds by sight and sound, how to use a field guide and binoculars to their maximum potential, and where to look for birds. $60 ($44 seniors)

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


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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