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 2017 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, June 4

Spring Babies at the Zoo

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

Sunday, June 18

Plants and Flowers

Naturalist Ron Luft leads a trail walk through the spring flora, exploring natural and restored areas.


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.



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

Saturday, June 17, 1:30–3:00pm - Know Your Nature led by High Park High Park Eagle Youth.

Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Eagles group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us. More details

Friday, June 30, 2017, 8:45 – 9:45 pm - Family Bat Walk

Have you ever heard a bat hunting at night? Probably not! Join us as we explore High Park's amazing and mysterious bat populations. Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats' ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage. More details


Free event, suggested donation $5.

Taking a Closer Look at Bats with Dr. Brock Fenton, University of Western Ontario. Wednesday, June 21, 7.30-8.30pm at the High Park Nature Centre.

We will be exploring up close photographs of bats which illustrate the diversity of this amazing group as well as the details of their structure and function. Join us to learn about the bats of Ontario (including High Park) and elsewhere. The specific topics we'll focus on will range from details of bats’ faces (eyes, ears, mouths), how they look, and what this could mean! This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk!


Family Bat Walk Friday, June 30, 8:45 - 9:30 pm

Citizen Science and the Ontario Reptile and Amphibian Atlas with Emma Horrington, Ontario Nature. Wednesday, June 28, 7.30-8.30pm at the High Park Nature Centre.

The atlas is an Ontario Nature-led citizen science project that maps the distribution of reptiles and amphibians across the province, over time, and has data dating back to the 1900's. This project has gathered important data on these historically under-reported animals, with more than 300,000 records of reptiles and amphibians compiled in the atlas database. The uses of technology, such as dynamic maps, vetting clouds and smartphone apps, have been effective at engaging participants in this initiative. Learn more about the development of these tools and how they have assisted with verifying records and engaging the public in this citizen science initiative.


Wildflower ID Made Easy - 2-Part Workshop Thursday, June 1 & 8, 6-9pm at the High Park Nature Centre. Cost: $55

Identifying wildflowers can be challenging. But fear not! In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, the most highly regarded wildflower field guide for our region. This guide employs a unique system that takes a bit of effort to learn, but once mastered is a pleasure to use. The majority of our time will be spent outdoors, providing you with ample opportunity to develop your wildflower ID’ing skills. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years. Learn more & register.

Trees of High Park - 2-Part Workshop Thursday, June 15 & 22, 6-9pm at the High Park Nature Centre. Cost: $55

From towering pines to exotic dawn redwoods, High Park is blessed with a wide variety of tree species both native and non-native. Learn to identify many of these species and discover some of the intriguing stories associated with them. If you've got a hankering for hemlocks or a yearning for yews, this workshop is for you. The majority of our time will be spent outdoors as we roam the park seeking trees of all kinds. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years. Learn more & register.

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


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