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Summer Adult Workshops
Learn about plants and insects this summer with Richard Aaron and David D'Entremont!
Wild Bee Buzz Talks
Get all the buzz on bees at Wild Bee Buzz Talks: our summer speaker series! Talks are aimed at ages 8+ and entry is by donation!
High Park at Night: Urban Bat Walks
Look and listen for bats in High Park on four Wednesdays this summer, 8:30 - 10 PM! The next walk is on July 4. All ages are welcome!
School Programs Registration
Are you a teacher? Registration for field trips for the 2018/19 school year is NOW OPEN!
Family Nature Walks
Guided walks on 6 spring Saturdays, 1:30 - 3 PM. The next walk is on June 23.


Upcoming Events

Jun
23
By donation
1:30 PM
Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Jul
4
By donation
1:30 PM
Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures. This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.

Jul
4
By donation
8:30 PM
Let's explore High Park's amazing and mysterious bat populations! Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats' ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage.  Supported by Kiwanis Club of Toronto

Jul
11
By donation
1:30 PM
Join us for a tour of the tremendous trees in High Park! Get to know majestic Black Oaks, towering White Pines, beautiful Paper Birches and many more. We’ll also talk about how animals, including humans, benefit from trees in a variety of ways, as well as some of the latest research on how trees communicate with each other.This event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person. Meet at: High Park Nature Centre located at 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. For more information, check out our Family Nature Walks page.



Jul
11
By donation
7:00 PM
Join us for the first talk of our Wild Bee Buzz Talks Summer Speaker Series here at the High Park Nature Centre! Dr. Colla will discuss the ecology and current conservation status of our native bee species. She will also discuss threats to our wild pollinators and give examples of ways individuals can help reverse declines.  Speaker Bio: Dr. Sheila R. Colla is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (Toronto, ON). She was among the first to quantify native bee declines in North America, which has since become an environmental issue of significant importance in the science community, public, landowners and for policymakers. Her research focuses on the differential vulnerabilities of native insect species and informs conservation management of at-risk species. Her papers range from being local to global in scale and are often highly collaborative. In addition to ecological work understanding habitat use, she runs a large citizen science program (BumbleBeeWatch.org) with various academic and NGO partners. Her graduate students are also interested in the human dimension of pollinator conservation such as examining evidence-based policy creation and public understanding of scientific issues. She is a co-author of "The Bumblebees of North American: An Identification Guide" (Princeton University Press, 2014) and is the North American coordinator for the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bumblebee Specialist Group. This event is drop-in and suited to an adult and youth ages 8+ audience. Suggested donation is $5. 

Jul
11
By donation
8:30 PM
Let's explore High Park's amazing and mysterious bat populations! Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats' ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage.  Supported by Kiwanis Club of Toronto

Jul
12
$40 early bird
6:00 PM
While interacting with the plant world is typically a safe pastime, in this workshop you will be introduced to a select group of High Park plants that can cause harm to humans. The first two hours will be spent outdoors getting acquainted with these potentially harmful species, with the final hour devoted to an enlightening slideshow presentation discussing other plants in the GTA to avoid. Your instructor will be Richard Aaron, a popular naturalist and educator who has done many programs for the Nature Centre over the years.  In this workshop, you will: - be shown plants in High Park to avoid- find out what sort of risk each of these plants poses- become enlightened about other harmful plants found in the GTA- discuss various folk & modern remedies The outdoor component of this workshop will take place entirely on High Park trails that are considered moderate in length and terrain. Fee:  $40 Early Bird (Must register at least three weeks in advance) $45 Regular $33 Seniors (age 60+) For more information about this workshop and our policies, please visit our Adult Workshops page.

Jul
18
7:00 AM
Our Fall Club registration opens today at 7:00 am. Registration is online only. Register early to avoid disappointment!  For more information about our nature clubs, click here.
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