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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

Boulevard Beds Schedule 2018

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.

 

In the Zone

Your Garden can help native species thrive: Feb 25, 2018

Pingg Invite - In the Zone Gardens

Speaker: Peter Ewins. Lead Specialist, Species Conservation at World Wildlife Fund-Canada

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

In the Zone provides gardeners in Canada’s Carolinian Zone with the tools to gradually transform backyards into woodland, water and wildflower gardens for native wildlife.

In the Zone website

 
 

Free gardening resources: Receive advice from wildlife and gardening experts to cultivate habitat for warblers, frogs, owls, butterflies, bees and more.

Track your impact: Using the In the Zone Tracker, gardeners can measure the progress we’re making together to restore lost habitats in this fragile ecoregion.

Connect: When you join In the Zone, you can connect with a community of gardeners to share tips, exchange native plants and celebrate successes knowing you are making a difference where you live.

About our speaker: Pete Ewins, D. Phil. Lead Specialist, Species Conservation WWF-Canada

Pete spent 12 years in Shetland, including a post as Assistant Warden for three years at the world famous Fair Isle Bird Observatory. His introduction to applied conservation was provided during six years working for the UK government as Nature Conservancy Council officer for Shetland, and then Hertfordshire. His doctoral work on Black Guillemots in relation to the offshore oil industry, was completed at Oxford University in 1986.

In 1990 he moved to Canada and worked until 1996 on the Great Lakes wildlife toxicology programs of the federal government’s Canadian Wildlife Service, documenting levels and impacts of toxic pollutants on wildlife at the top of aquatic foodwebs.

He joined World Wildlife Fund Canada, as Director of Canada’s Endangered Species Program in 1996 and then directed WWF’s Arctic conservation work from 2000-2006, focusing heavily on shifting the industrial development paradigm to one that provides adequately for conservation of intact ecosystems, and ecological and cultural diversity, while the opportunity still remains.

Pete now leads WWF’s Canadian species conservation work, with a strong focus on flagship species in globally significant regions, such as whales and polar bears, the recovery of wildlife listed by Canada’s Species At Risk Act, and increasing the connection of urban citizens to wildlife species and their needs.

Pete's WWF-Canada Blog

Shifting the Paradigm - Forum 2018, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Growing the Native Plant Industry through Innovation and Collaboration St. James Cathedral Centre, 65 Church St., Toronto

 

2018 Upcoming Sessions

About our stewardship program

 
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 Commissioner’s 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 - Presentation - TBA
  • April 8 - Nursery Cleanup (and BBeds Fence Post installation)
  • April 22 - Boulevard Beds cleanup and preparation
  • May 6 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse (date TBA)
  • May 13 - Boulevard Beds Fence Building

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)

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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