About High Park NatureShort history and purpose

About High Park Nature

High Park Nature is a joint initiative of the High Park Stewards and the High Park Natural Environment Committee.

We are dedicated to educating and informing park users and Toronto residents about High Park's unique natural heritage and the steps being taken to protect and restore it. These natural features are a legacy from John and Jemima Howard to the citizens of Toronto – a legacy that we, in turn, can pass on to future generations.

Since the 1990s our volunteers have been active in collecting native plant seeds within the Park, planting native species in numerous locations, clearing invasive species, holding educational sessions and advocating for park policies and practices that preserve and restore the Park's natural heritage.

About the High Park Nature website

In 2010 we established the original highparknature.org website. In 2019 the site's contents were updated and transferred to this WordPress-based site. This enables our material to accommodate a variety of browsing devices and take advantage of a variety of additional features.

The purpose of the High Park Nature website is to raise awareness of the significant natural features of High Park. It contains a wealth of information about the Park including its geology, flora, fauna, habitats and restoration efforts.

We welcome your feedback, suggestions and written contributions.

High Park Nature is a member of the Ontario Nature nature network, Lake Ontario North region
High Park Nature is an affiliate member of ProtectNatureTO
High Park Nature is an affiliate member of ProtectNatureTO
Design of the High Park Nature website 2010-2019
Design of the High Park Nature website 2010-2019
Creator: Galbraith Photo Co.
Lower Duck Pond. Photo: Barbi Lazarus
Railway crossing at the south end of the park, High Park, 1890. Photo: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 376, File 5, Item 15
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About the Photos

Most of this website's photos were contributed by local photographers and taken in High Park. Please do not copy or reproduce them without permission.

If you are interested in contributing photos, please contact mail@highparknature.org.

Red-winged Blackbird female at nest. Photo: Tony Pus
American Toad. Photo: Tony Pus
Eastern Amberwing female. Photo: Bob Yukich
Fiery Skipper. Photo: Bob Yukich
Red Squirrel. Photo: JM

What's New?

Welcome to Our New Website!

By High Park Nature | September 14, 2020
Since the High Park Nature website was first launched in 2010, it has provided a wealth of information about the natural features of High Park. Now we are pleased to…

New Treatment for Buckthorn

By High Park Nature | July 9, 2020
This summer Urban Forestry is partnering in a demonstration trial with BioForest, a forest pest management company, to manage invasive buckthorn shrubs using the bioherbicide Chontrol Peat Paste. The active…

Toronto Star article, January 13, 2020

By High Park Nature | April 5, 2020
“We love High Park for its natural beauty. Will that love be the death of it?” Read the article or The Star Pressreader version

High Park Christmas Bird Count Results

By High Park Nature | December 27, 2019
The most recent High Park Christmas Bird Count was held on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 (a very windy day). The High Park route ended up with 43 species, our lowest since…

High Park Stewards Summary 2019

By High Park Nature | December 1, 2019
There were over 280 participants (between 110 individuals coming at least once) who came out to High Park Stewards field restoration events. The average number of Stewards that attended each…

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