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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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BROCHURE 2018

 

List of 2019 Sessions

About our stewardship program

Stewards Sign-up Form


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. Waiver Form Instructions


Stewards Session Greeter and Boulevard Beds Group sign-up form Please fill out the form to be a greeter at the sessions that you select and/or if you wish to be part of the regular Boulevard Beds group.


Stewards High Park Stewards 2018 Work Summary Check out what we have accomplished in 2018!

Fall Sessions: Planting, Seed Collecting, Buckthorn Busting and Boulevard Beds (Sept 8, Sept 22, Oct 1, Nov 10, Nov 24, Oct 27)

  • Oct 13 - Thanksgiving (no session today)
  • Oct 27 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 10 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 24 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds for winter)

September 22, Seed Collecting and Boulevard Beds

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. WE WORK IN RAIN BUT NOT LIGHTNING STORMS!

Meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant

We will be collecting a variety of native plant seeds in The Tablelands to be used in next year's plantings. and more!

Friends and families are welcome. In addition, a small group will be working in the Boulevard Beds surrounding the Grenadier Restaurant.

Please do not wear fleece or other non-smooth clothes as seeds stick to them (see photo below)

see Pingg invite

We will be collecting a variety of native grasses such as Canada Wild Rye, Little and Big Bluestem, Indian, Bottlebrush and Panic Grass. There are also many different types of wildflowers that are ready to harvest for next year.

These include Cardinal flower, Blue lobelia, Harebell, Milkweed, Black-Eyed Susan, Cup Plant, Woodland Sunflower, Verbena and many others are still blooming. Bumblebees are enjoying Goldenrod and and a wide variety of asters including Sky-Blue, New England and Heath asters.

We will meet in front of the Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 and go to our site (behind the Grenadier Restaurant) from there.

See Grasses and Sedges and Planting the Seed, Environment Canada, especially page 23: Seed Collecting Tips.

It takes many seed heads to provide the seeds needed
we will do seed cleaning during the winter
Native grasses are in their prime in fall
Wild Rye, Little and Big Bluestem
Seed Collecting
A wide variety of plants are ready
The Native Plant Nursery
Many native plants are grown here for plantings
Sky Blue Aster
Bumblebees are still hard at work
Common Milkweed
Essential food for Monarch butterfly caterpillars
Bottlebrush Grass
Sometimes the names of plants are obvious
Some plants have sticky seeds
please do not wear fleece or other non-smooth clothes
 

 

Boulevard Beds

It's time to clear out a lot of unwanted cold season grasses in the Boulevard Beds. We will be re-building the fencing and working on the re-design of the Boulevard Beds, that surround the outer edge of the restaurant parking lot. We welcome volunteers to help with weeding, pruning, transplanting, raking and sweeping in preparation for future planting work. All tools will be provided, but dress in layers, bring sunscreen, water, a hat and closed shoes.

Native plants awaken in the Boulevard Beds
April 22, 2012
Stewards Cleanup and Transplanting
be part of the Boulevard Bed redesign
 
 
We're ready to plant again!
June 2017
The locates are in so we can build fences
Spring 2014
 

 

Stewards through the Year

 
Spring 2016 planting Group
June 12, 2016
Plants originate in the Native Plant Greenhouse
June 12, 2016
The Boulevard Bed Group
October 27, 2013
End of Year Pot-Luck Lunch
November 27, 2016
 
We love to transplant in the Greenhouse
preparing plants for our sale and the park
Buckthorn Busting in the fall
October and November
 
Seed Collecting in late summer
in the Nursery and Tablelands
We have planted in 5 sites in the last 5 years
June 2015
Planting in the All-Star site
June 2009
Seeds Cleaning is a favourite activity
February 2015
 
Becoming a Buckthorn Buster
photo from October 2015
Buckthorn plants produce a huge amount of seeds
Let's catch them before they spread
 

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2019, subject to change based on weather and need

10:30 am to 12:30 pm. to current session details

 

The Boulevard Bed Squad will have most of their sessions at the same date and time as our regular ones. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them for extra information.


Winter Sessions

  • Jan. 27 - Urban Birds and Citizen Science, Emily Rondel*
  • Feb. 10 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning (existing active stewards only, space is limited)
  • Feb. 24 - Design Inspired by Nature with Jonas Spring*
  • March 10 - Greenhouse - Planting Seeds (existing active stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 24 - Water-Loving Native Plants: Site Examples of a Marsh Restoration and an Ecological Swimming Pool, Janice Keil*
  • April 14 - Restoration in High Park and Prescribed Burning, a walking tour
  • April 28 - Do Beauty & ‘Good’ All Year with Fusion Gardening with Sean James*
  • May 12 - Garlic Mustard Removal and Boulevard Beds

Sessions with * are held at the Howard Park Tennis Club, 430 Parkside Drive

Spring and Summer Sessions (subject to change)

  • May 26 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 9 - Spring planting in the Tablelands (BBeds fencing and weeding
  • June 23 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 14 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 28 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 11 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 25 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

2019 Fall Sessions (subject to change)

  • Sept 8 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 22 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 13 - Thanksgiving (no session today)
  • Oct 27 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 10 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 24 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds for winter)

High Park Stewards Facebook Invasive Squad info

The Boulevard Bed Squad will have most of their sessions at the same date and time as our regular ones. Contact stewards@highparknature.org if you would like to join them for extra information.


Outdoor sessions are dependent on weather and growing conditions and what is determined to be the greatest need for our volunteer efforts.

 

High Park Stewards meet on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, rain or shine.

 

About the High Park Stewards and Past Sessions

 

Follow us on and on High Park Stewards Facebook Group

If you would like to be added to the email list please email stewards@highparknature.org.

Mailing address for legal purposes: High Park Stewards c/o High Park Nature Centre, PO Box 30044, Toronto, ON M6P 3K0

 

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