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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. 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 2019 Work Summary Check out what we have accomplished in 2019!


Jan 26 - Indigenous Land Stewardship in Tkaronto

Speakers: Members of the Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle

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

At this event, members of The Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle will share their visions of a path toward restoring Indigenous stewardship to Tkaronto’s oak savannahs. Depending on the weather we may integrate an outdoor experience for the participants.

We are at capacity for this presentation.

High Park’s rare oak savannahs, with their widely spaced oak trees, tall prairie grasses and wildflowers, are not just sites of scientific and natural interest. These are sacred lands; lands which have been and continue to be sites of subsistence, sovereignty, and ceremony for Indigenous peoples in the region. Indigenous people used fire to sculpt and maintain these lands for millennia before colonization. Tkaronto's oak savannahs lie within the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, a treaty made by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the Anishinaabe Nations to share in the care of these prime hunting and foraging grounds. The remnants of oak savannahs scattered throughout Toronto today are perhaps the most visible and lasting monuments to Indigenous legacies on these lands.

Indigenous land care protocols are very different from conventional approaches to ecological restoration, which depend heavily on pesticides. Indigenous stewardship is a form of harm reduction and climate action, and it gives Indigenous people the opportunity to heal from the traumas of colonialism by engaging the land in ceremony and in community, creating opportunities for passing on land-based teachings to future generations.

 
 

 

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
 

2020 Proposed Sessions

Schedule for 2020, 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 (subject to change)

  • Jan. 12 - How Healthy is High Park? Urban Forestry Update, Monitoring*
  • Jan. 26 - Indigenous Stewardship
  • Feb. 9 - Greenhouse - Seed cleaning (existing active stewards only, space is limited)
  • Feb. 23 - Sean James: Gardening: Beautiful Blooms for Birds and Bees
  • March 8 - Greenhouse - Planting Seeds (existing active stewards only, space is limited) SET CLOCKS AHEAD ONE HOUR SAT. NIGHT
  • March 22 - TBA*
  • April 12 - Easter (no session today)'''
  • April 26 - TBA*
  • May 10 - 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 24 - Garlic Mustard Removal (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/transplant wildflowers & grasses
  • June 14 - Spring planting in the Tablelands (BBeds fencing and weeding
  • June 28 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds planting of wildflowers and grasses
  • July 12 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance - remove weeds, litter, & water)
  • July 26 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 9 - Invasive plant Removal (and BBeds maintenance)
  • Aug 23 - Native Plant Sale at the Greenhouse

Fall Sessions (subject to change)

  • Sept 13 - Fall planting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Sept 27 - Seed collecting (and BBeds fall planting/transplant wildflowers & grasses)
  • Oct 11 - Thanksgiving (no session today)
  • Oct 25 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses/harvest and scatter seeds
  • Nov 8 - Buckthorn Busting (and BBeds remove cold season grasses & weeds/raking/cut back perennials and grasses)
  • Nov 22 - 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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