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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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2018 Upcoming Sessions

About our stewardship program

 

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.


2018 Upcoming Sessions

Boulevard Beds Schedule 2018

 

September 23, 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 and in the Nursery to be used in next year's plantings. and more!

There may be several options for people this session so we need a lot of volunteers. Friends and families are welcome. There will be 2 sites for seed collection, the Nursery and the Tablelands Restoration site. 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

The High Park Greenhouse Native Plant Nursery, which is not open to the public (but is for us) has a wide variety of native plants as do our restoration sites where Urban Forestry will select the most beneficial one for seed collecting. 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 the various locations from there. Please be on time as the Nursery gates are locked after our arrival.

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
The best place to see these plants in the park
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
 

 

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
 

Upcoming sessions

Schedule for 2018, subject to change based on weather and need
 

2018 Winter and Spring Sessions (Draft-subject to change)


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.


  • Jan. 28 - Protecting Biodiversity in Ontario; the Environmental Commissionerís Perspective
  • Feb. 11 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning
  • Feb. 25 - Presentation - In the Zone, growing native plants
  • March 11 - Greenhouse - Transplanting (existing stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 25 - Nature, Restoration Ecology and Health with Ben Porchuk
  • April 8 - Nursery Cleanup
  • April 22 - Boulevard Beds cleanup and Fence Post installation)
  • May 13 - Boulevard Beds Fence Building

*May 20 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

2018 summer and fall sessions

  • May 27 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 10 - Spring planting (and BBeds laying sand on beds - extra time needed?
  • June 24 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 8 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 22 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 12 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 26 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Sept 9 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 23 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 14 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Oct 28 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 11 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 25 - Buckthorn Busting and Pot-luck lunch (and BBeds prepare bbeds for winter)

Special event for Stewards volunteers: Volunteer Appreciation Event Aug. 28 contact stewards@highparknature.org if you want to attend.


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

 

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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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