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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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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. Enter the dates as 12 months From Jan 1, 2019 To Dec. 31, 2019

 

 

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Apr 28, Fusion Gardens - Multi-season sustainability and beauty

Pingg invite

Speaker: Sean James

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

“There are many tools available to help the planet including drought-tolerant and biodiversity-enhancing plant choices as well as weaving in rainscaping techniques, and it’s never necessary to sacrifice beauty to do the right thing.”

Named by GardenMaking magazine as one of “20 Making a Difference”, gardening has been Sean James’ hobby and profession for over 35 years. A graduate of Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener, writer, and international speaker; Sean is a global leader in eco-friendly landscaping with his work appearing in numerous books and manuals. He’s worked on the national Red Seal educational program, teaches at Mohawk College and sits on the editorial board for Ontario Gardening magazine. He’s the Ontario spokesperson for Garden Days Canada, sits on several environmental committees and has appeared television and radio shows coast-to-coast.

Sean runs an environmentally-friendly company, using eco-friendly materials, recycling, composting and promoting responsible use of biological controls. The office is even powered by Bullfrog Power, using 100% green hydro and natural gas which is harvested from methane from landfills, giving it a zero-carbon footprint.

 

Sean James Consulting & Design, Twitter, Facebook, Fusion Gardening, Toronto Star article'

Water Garden
photo: Sean James
Patio Design
photo: Sean James
New sustainable gardening techniques
photo: Sean James
Sean James and nuthatch
photo: Sean James

April 14, Restoration in High Park and Prescribed Burning, a walking tour

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. We meet in rain but not during thunder storms!

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

Pingg invite

This tour will review ongoing restoration work done in High Park by Urban Forestry and talk about the use of prescribed burning as a management tool. Visit some of High Park's Black Oak Savannah sites to learn more about the work that goes into preparing for a prescribed burn.

Tour Leader: Jaclyn Scobie, Park Program Officer, City of Toronto, Urban Forestry

 
Tablelands/Hawk Hill 2016 before and one month after the burn
photo: City of Toronto, Urban Forestry
After the Burn 2012
Karen Yukich
Prescribed Burn 2012
Bob Yukich
 

more on Prescribed Burns

 

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

current Pingg invite

Speaker: Janice Keil

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

As a director of the North American Plant Society and passionate environmentalist, the presenter, Janice Keil, will take you into the depths of water-loving native plants.

A 97 agricultural acreage in the Land Between (Northumberland County) is home to an ongoing marsh restoration experiment to assess the impact of the invasive Reed Canary Grass on the hydrology of marsh ecosystems. An ecological swimming pool constructed to EU standards using native plants as the sole filtration system in the regeneration zone will be built next year.

Janice Keil grew up on a mixed crop farm in SW Ontario, put herself through university by growing cucumbers commercially for Bicks. That experience turned her towards organic agriculture, a sector she remains active in to this day. After a two decade stint in Toronto, she has happily returned to rural Ontario, living presently in the amazing community of Peterborough . Professionally, she is a secondary school teacher in World Religions and Philosophy with an eclectic array of degrees: Honours Music, M.A. German and Master of Divinity.

She is presently working on a feminist sustainable building project, Active Women Building Passive House that will take place on the 97 acres this summer. This beautiful piece of land will be home to 20 acres of tall grass prairie for seed production, a heritage sheep CSA and organic vegetable/fruit gardens, the produce of which will be donated to women’s shelters. Last but not least, she is an avid native plant enthusiast and has served on the board of directors of the North American Plant Society (NANPS) for the last seven years.

 

March 10, Planting Seeds in the Greenhouse (by Invite only)

Daylight Savings - Set Clocks ahead 1 hour

We will be taking the seeds that were cleaned on Feb 10 and planting them in flats to grow into seedlings used in restoration projects in the park. Due to space restrictions this session is by invite only for Stewards who have helped with the outdoor work in 2018 including planting, seed collecting, invasive species and buckthorn removal. If you have done that and do not receive an invite by Feb 18 please contact stewards@highparknature.org.

 

Feb 24, Design Inspired by Nature with Jonas Spring

current Pingg invite

Speaker: Jonas Spring, Ecoman

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

Learn about how to use ecological references as practical tools in urban planting design. Buildings are cliffs, Streets are canyons, Roofs are islands.

Jonas is organizing a symposium with Landscape Ontario called Reference: The Natural City on Feb 21 at Ryerson University and will share some of the exciting new ideas and trends discussed. Symposium info

Ecoman is a landscaping & gardening practice that shapes private/public space of all sizes. We’ve got a thing for working with both Mother Nature and human nature.

Designing, developing, and maintaining green spaces that balance both interests creates a compost that produces the most returns, year after year. Let us show you how you can be a steward to your land, while we create a space that fits your needs and satisfies your desire.

Check the many interesting articles and links that Jonas provides on his social media and website.

Ecoman.ca, Twitter, Facebook

Children's Garden High Park
photo: Sharon Lovett
Animal Overpass, Banff Alberta
photo: Sharon Lovett
 
Green Roof 215 Spadina Ave.
photo: Sharon Lovett
Green Roof 401 Richmond St.
photo: Sharon Lovett
 

Feb 10, Seed Cleaning in the Greenhouse

Due to space restrictions this session is by invite only for Stewards who have helped with the outdoor work in 2018 including planting, seed colllecting, invasive species and buckthorn removal. If you have done that and do not receive an invite by Feb 4 please contact stewards@highparknature.org.

 

 

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

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