High Park Nature

Discover the natural wonders of High Park

Toronto’s High Park is home to one of North America’s most endangered habitats: Black Oak Savannah – a remnant of the sand prairie systems that once covered much of southern Ontario.

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COVID-19 measures are in effect

Some regular programs are resuming.

Please stay on trail and avoid trampling plants while practising physical distancing.

All dogs must be on leash in High Park except in designated off-leash areas.

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Update September 2021: All on-site stewardship sessions are restricted to a few people and are by invite only for Stewards who have provided their contact info in this form. The details of each specific session will only be given to those who are registered to prevent drop-ins.

High Park is one of the few places where you can actually forget that you are in the middle of a city.

Sharon Lovett,
Leader of High Park Stewards

What's New?

High Park Stewards Newsletters pdf versions of newsletters sent to Stewards

October 2021 Due to COVID restrictions Urban Forestry is sending out invites to on-site sessions to those who were active in 2019 or have signed up to receive them since them. The general High Park Stewards email list is for…

High Park Movement Study and Survey Your Opportunity to Speak Up for High Park

The City is launching the High Park Movement Strategy: “a study to improve the travel network for High Park and better serve park users and the community.” The first step is an online survey.  More information can be found on…

Sightings and What's in Bloom #nature #HighPark #HighParkNature #whatsinbloom

Hooded Merganser male with fish. Photo: Mike Taggart

Diving Ducks

During fall migration many diving ducks stop to feed at High Park's ponds. This male Hooded Merganser is gobbling down a small fish. Read more about ducks in High Park >>

Acorns. Photo: Karen Yukich

A Feast of Acorns

Acorns are absolutely perfect meals for squirrels, chipmunks, mice, blue jays and insects. Squirrels can open and eat acorns in half the time it takes to eat other hard nuts and seeds. Read more about acorns in High Park »

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Hawk Watch

The High Park Hawk Watch runs until Nov. 30. Drop by Hawk Hill to see the action! Read more about watching hawks in High Park »

Columbine.

Wild Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Bergamot. Photo: Sharon Lovett

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

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Goldenrod
Solidago sp

Discover when you can find all your favourite wildflowers in bloom in Toronto's High Park.

Explore all the wildflowers of High Park, organized by colour and genus. A wealth of information at your fingertips!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: Volunteer programs are operating on a limited basis due to COVID-19.

Tours, Walks, and Talks

Fall Nature Hikes 2021: Know Your Nature – With the High Park Rangers

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December 4 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The High Park Nature Centre is offering guided hikes on Saturday afternoons this fall. On December 4 from 1:30 to 3:00.  Registration Required. For this one pay what you can. See Nature Centre website for more details.
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Responsible Use

Resources, tips and advice on how to balance recreation and taking care of nature when visiting Toronto's High Park.

You can help protect High Park
Your voice as a concerned citizen lends weight to issues that matter to you, the community and the park as a whole.

If you see any behaviour infractions, dead animals, safety hazards or other problems in the park, call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca. More key contacts.

Make a difference by volunteering with High Park Stewards or the Natural Environment Committee.

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